Summary, Prices, Specs

By November 10, 1999


We give an enthusiastic thumbs up to the Lexus RX 300. Its excellent handling and exceptional traction on slippery surfaces make it a perfect luxury vehicle for people who drive on snow-covered or unpaved roads. RX 300 provides almost as much cargo space as a Jeep Grand Cherokee, but boasts vastly superior ride and handling. Inside it looks, feels and drives like a luxury sport sedan.

However, the RX 300 may not be the ultimate off-road vehicle, nor the brawniest in towing capability. But most people don’t drive off road anyway. For that reason, the RX 300 heralds one of the directions SUVs are headed.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:N/A
Safety equipment (standard):Dual airbags
Safety equipment (optional):N/A
Basic warranty:4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Kyusho, Japan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):RX 300 4WD
Standard equipment:ABS, climate control, AM/FM/CD stereo, power windows, mirrors and locks, cruise control, rear intermittent wiper, auto on/off headlamps, heated mirrors, power seats
Options as tested (MSPR):Leather trim package ($1,280)
Destination charge:N/A
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$37355
Layout:four-wheel drive
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):220 @ 5800
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):222 @ 4400
Transmission:4-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:19/22 mpg
Wheelbase:103.0 in.
Length/width/height:180.1/71.5/65.7 in.
Track, f/r:61.6/61.0 in.
Turning circle:41.4 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:38.1/55.2/40.7 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:38.6/55.2/36.4 in.
Cargo volume:75.0 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:3500 Lbs.
Suspension, f:Independent
Suspension, r:Independent
Ground clearance:N/A
Curb weigth:3900 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:disc/disc
Fuel capacity:17.2 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of November 10, 1999.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-872-5398 -