2009 Lexus SC 430

Find Another Lexus SC 430
16 CITY / 23 HWY
Overall Quality
Overall Performance and Design
Predicted Reliability


What Changed for 2009:
  • Turn signals incorporated into side mirrors
  • Opaline Pearl replaces Twilight Amethyst in color palette
  • New switch to open/close roof
  • Pebble Beach special edition (only 300 units available)
The original Lexus SC was a 2-door sports sedan, but the model evolved into a smaller, sports car-style vehicle with a power-retracting hardtop that folds itself into the trunk to transform the car into a convertible. For 2009, the SC undergoes modest changes, but will be offered in a limited-run Pebble Beach special edition.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Lexus SC 430 is available in a single trim, although consumers may opt for the limited-edition Pebble Beach version, of which only 300 will be produced. The Pebble Beach edition includes unique 18-inch wheels, rear spoiler, Ecru seats with black stitching and black armrest, black bird's-eye maple wood trim, illuminated scuff plates, black floor mats and Mercury Metallic exterior paint.

The standard SC 430 comes with a V-8 engine and automatic transmission; 18-inch, 5-spoke alloy wheels; leather seating; wood accents; automatic climate control; heated outside mirrors; one-touch retractable hardtop; dual chrome exhaust; navigation system; remote keyless entry; traction and stability control; 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS); and power windows, seats and locks.

The 2009 Lexus SC 430 is powered by a 4.3-liter, 32-valve, 4-cam V-8 engine with variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) that pumps out 288 hp at 5600 rpm and 317 lb.-ft. of torque at 3400 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift capability. Stability and traction control are standard, as are 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and sport-tuned suspension. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the V-8 engine are 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway, classifying the engine as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV II).

The 2009 Lexus SC 430 is equipped with dual front air bags and front knee air bags for driver and front-seat passenger, along with side air bags. Stability and traction control, 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and brake assist and vehicle skid control are standard. Additional safety features include run-flat tires; 3-point seat belts with pre-tensioners and force limiters; direct tire-pressure-monitoring system; theft-deterrent system; and daytime running lights.

As of this writing, the 2009 Lexus SC 430 has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Technology features of note on the 2009 Lexus SC 430 Roadster include a Mark Levinson premium audio system with sound levelizer, single-feed, 6-disc CD changer, 9 speakers and 240 watts of maximum power. In addition, all SC 430 models for 2009 feature a voice-activated navigation system with Bluetooth connectivity.

The one-touch retractable hardtop makes going from closed-roof roadster to open-top convertible a simple operation, according to Lexus. No latches, snaps or covers are required as the top smoothly folds into the trunk automatically.


J.D. Power Ratings

J.D. Power data for this year, make and model is not available at this time

Power Circle Scoring Legend:

Among the best
Better than most
About average
The rest
*Please note that JDPower.com Power Circle Ratings may not include all information used to determine J.D. Power awards. Learn more about how J.D. Power Ratings are calculated.

The Latest Lexus Articles:

Smaller and less expensive than the NX, the new subcompact 2019 Lexus UX looks like a shrunken version of the angular compact NX.
Lexus revealed a glimpse of a future premium flagship SUV with the debut of the LF-1 Limitless Concept at this week’s previews at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.
Lexus introduces two new flagship models for 2018 - the LC coupe and LS sedan - renames models equipped with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, extends subscriptions to Lexus Enform services to 10 years, and makes Lexus Safety System+ technologies standard on more models.
For 2017, several Lexus models gain the automaker’s Lexus Safety System+ technology. Otherwise, changes are minor aside from a subtle refresh of the IS sedan.
Lexus unveiled an extreme vision for premium compact SUVs at the 2016 Paris Motor Show with the edgy and exaggerated UX Concept, created by artists at the Lexus design center in France.
While it won’t become ubiquitous on American roads like the ES sedan and the RX crossover, the 2018 Lexus LC is critically important to Toyota’s luxury division.
The major news for Lexus for the 2016 model year is that the volume-leading RX-Series midsize premium SUV has been redone.
The 2016 Lexus GS F is a high-performance version of the automaker's midsize luxury sedan, and is not to be confused with the GS 350 F Sport. While that model does offer performance and styling enhancements to the standard GS 350, the new GS F is a completely different kind of vehicle.
Based on its 2015 lineup, it would seem that Lexus believes there's no rest for the luxurious. While most of the company's models are carryovers from 2014, they all return with noteworthy improvements. Find out what's new for each of the 2015 Lexus models in our buyer's guide...
Lexus is entering the compact luxury crossover segment with the debut of the all-new 2015 NX. Slotting in below the current RX model, the NX will go up against the Acura RDX, BMW X1, Infiniti QX50, Volvo XC60, and others.