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2008 Lexus SC 430 vs. Its Competition

 
2008 Lexus SC 430
7.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
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These cars are much more expensive than the 2008 Lexus SC 430 but offer performance and seating closer to it than other convertibles on the market.

The Cadillac XLR and Mercedes-Benz SL are two-seaters with folding hardtops and arguably superior styling to the Lexus SC.

The Jaguar XK and BMW 6-Series have fabric tops, but better features and in the case of the Jaguar XK, glorious styling and a supercharged version.

Within the Lexus's price class, the Mercedes-Benz CLK convertible has seating for four and a fabric convertible top; plus, it's better-looking.

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Quick Specs
7.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
The 2008 Lexus SC 430 offers a unique shape, a folding hardtop, and the Lexus experience, but the "bathtub" look is a major drawback in a class of beautiful convertibles.
8.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
The eye-catching 2009 Cadillac XLR starts with the sharp-edged Corvette and makes some compromises for the sake of grand-touring luxury.
8.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
The SL’s new look isn’t to everyone’s liking, but in AMG guise, it’s now more punch than paunch—and a worthy stealth Ferrari-chaser.
8.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
The 2008 BMW 6-Series is overwrought and overstocked with technology that distracts even from the M6’s heroic performance.
9.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
The 2008 Jaguar XK is the brand's best mainstream car ever, with performance equal to its German competitors and looks to beat them all.
8.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
If you appreciate luxury and complex engineering solutions, then you'll love the 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class.
MSRP From     
$66,355$86,215$98,500$76,600$74,835$46,450
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas V6
EPA Class     
Sub-CompactTwo-seater2 SeaterSubcompactMini-CompactSub-Compact
Style Name     
2-Door Convertible2-Door Convertible Platinum2-Door Roadster 5.5L V82-Door Coupe 650i2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe 3.5L
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
422444
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
2-Door Convertible2 Door Conv2 Door Convertible2 Door Coupe2-Door Coupe2 Door Coupe
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic

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