Used 2000 Lexus SC 400

Pros & Cons

  • Ultra-smooth engines, eye-bulging brakes, top-grade interior materials, quiet ride.
  • Cramped rear seat, buoyant ride quality, high price.
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$7,807 - $16,903

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Edmunds' Expert Review

An expensive luxury coupe that is past its prime.

Vehicle overview

Way back in the day (early '90s, actually), the then-new Lexus SC 400 was a huge hit with both the public and the automotive press. It offered features and pricing that no other car could match. But like an aging rock band, the SC Coupe still had the same moves and songs as it did when it was new. This has opened opportunities for younger stars (like the Mercedes-Benz CLK430) to steal its fan base.

When Lexus came out with the SC Coupe, it did things a bit differently. First, a stylish, sexy body was penned that didn't look much like the mini chrome-barges that usually populate the personal-luxury segment. Aggressive and lacking a traditional grille, the SC looked like nothing else. But that basic shape remains today, and it has grown a bit tired.

There's nothing wrong with the goodies under the hood, however. The SC 400 uses the same V8 that is found in the Lexus LS 400. It puts out 290 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 300 pound-feet of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. The engine is super-smooth and features a variable valve timing system (Toyota calls its system VVT-i). This system optimizes valve overlap throughout the engine's speed range and in operating conditions, eliminating the traditional compromise between low-end torque and high-rpm horsepower. The engine also uses an electronic throttle control system (ETCS).

The interior is exceptionally quiet. Special materials are used to filter out noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) to give the SC Coupe a serenely quiet ride. Heat and UV-reducing light-green tinted glass helps keep the interior cool on bright days and also helps reduce premature aging of interior materials. Those luxurious interior materials include sumptuous perforated leather seat inserts and trim wood and leather shift knob, plus elegant wood trim around the center console, doors and instrument panel. There's also amenities such as automatic climate control, 10-way power front seats and a Lexus/Pioneer audio system. A premium 280-watt Lexus/Nakamichi unit is optional.

While the SC 400 is a good car, the truth is that the SC platform is a nine-year-old design that simply can't compete in today's market. For the money, you'll find better personal-luxury coupes elsewhere.

2000 Highlights

The 2000 Lexus SC 400 is unchanged except for paint selection; Cinnabar Pearl replaces Baroque Red Metallic.


Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2000 Lexus SC 400.

Average user rating: 5.0 stars
5 total reviews
5 star reviews: 100%
4 star reviews: 0%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

  • comfort
  • interior
  • fuel efficiency
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • value
  • engine
  • appearance

Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, The World's Greatest 2+2 GT
2dr Coupe
With the power of a DB7, the agility of a Lotus, the fuel-economy of a much smaller car (forget the EPA; I average 31 mpg) and the legendary reliability of... well, a Lexus, the 2000 Lexus SC 400 is quite simply the greatest 2+2 GT yet conceived. It may not have 21st century electronics, but it doesn't need them; I looked at everything from Bentleys to Aston Martins to newer installments in the Lexus line, and no other car came close to the now bargain-priced SC 400. Other cars may be faster or more efficient or more comfortable, but the SC 400 truly is the complete package. If there's anything that enthusiasts and consumers alike both hate, it's compromises, and this car makes none.
5/5 stars, Head turning looks
00 SC400,
2dr Coupe
Being an owner of 1 of less than 500 cars made, is an exciting opportunity. I am very happy with my purchase. This car begs to be hammered and is so responsive. Mine has TSC and ETC which are must-haves in the northern climate. Amazing comfort and better than I expected on gas mileage for an 8 have been getting over 20 mpg. Of course if you drive hard it does get a little thirsty.
5/5 stars, GREAT
2dr Coupe
This is the most beautiful car in the world. And with is 290 horsepower VVT-i engine It doesn't fall short in the performance field. It's a lexus and it's not caused me any problems in the 2 years that I've owned it. Andre`
5/5 stars, Okay then I'll take it.
2dr Coupe
I originally bought this for my 16 year old boy in 2016 with 135,000 miles. The car had been well taken cared of and obviously garaged. The paint shine, trim, interior, leather seats etc. were in great shape! Exterior = 9, Interior = 9.5, Mechanically = 9 But unfortunately my son didn't want something that old... annoyed I said "Okay then I'll take it" and I'm glad I did! The SC400 is a great, fun, reliable, quality, luxurious 2+2 GT. Although it's 17 years old it truly drives like a new car, everything is tight, quite, and fast! I always wanted a old collectors car that I could drive on the weekends, I don't think the SC400 will ever be a collectors car but its a fun old 2+2 GT that I'm going to keep and drive on the weekends.

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
16 City / 23 Hwy / 19 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 20.6 gal. capacity
0 seats
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
V8 cylinder
Horsepower: 290 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 300 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Basic Warranty
Length: 192.9 in. / Height: 53.2 in.
Overall Width with Mirrors: N/A
Overall Width without Mirrors: 70.9 in.
Curb Weight: 3655 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 9.3 cu.ft.


IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact TestNot Tested
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test


Is the Lexus SC 400 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2000 SC 400 both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Lexus SC 400 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the SC 400 gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the SC 400 has 9.3 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Lexus SC 400. Learn more

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Is the 2000 Lexus SC 400 a good car?

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How much should I pay for a 2000 Lexus SC 400?

The least-expensive 2000 Lexus SC 400 is the 2000 Lexus SC 400 2dr Coupe. Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $0.

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    What are the different models of Lexus SC 400?

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    Used 2000 Lexus SC 400 Overview

    The Used 2000 Lexus SC 400 is offered in the following submodels: SC 400 Coupe. Available styles include 2dr Coupe. The Used 2000 Lexus SC 400 comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed automatic.

    What do people think of the 2000 Lexus SC 400?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the Used 2000 Lexus SC 400 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the Used 2000 SC 400 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the Used 2000 SC 400.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

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    What's a good price for a New Used 2000 Lexus SC 400?

    Used 2000 Lexus SC 400 2dr Coupe

    The Used 2000 Lexus SC 400 2dr Coupe can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $56,800. The average price paid for a new Used 2000 Lexus SC 400 2dr Coupe is trending $50,257 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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    The average savings for the Used 2000 Lexus SC 400 2dr Coupe is 88.5% below the MSRP.

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    What is the MPG of a 2000 Lexus SC 400?

    2000 Lexus SC 400 2dr Coupe, 5-speed automatic, regular unleaded
    19 compined MPG,
    16 city MPG/23 highway MPG

    EPA Est. MPG19
    Transmission5-speed automatic
    Drive Trainrear wheel drive
    Displacement4.0 L
    Passenger VolumeN/A
    Wheelbase105.9 in.
    Length192.9 in.
    Height53.2 in.
    Curb Weight3655 lbs.

    Should I lease or buy a 2000 Lexus SC 400?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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