Lexus RX 300

Pros

Superb luxury on and off roader. Reliable. Value for money. Great handling.

Cons

Major off road enthusiasts may be disappointed with off road capability.

Lexus RX 300

  • Lexus RX 300 - Overview

    One of the best luxury SUVs on offer when it was introduced in 1998 for the 1999 model year the Lexus RX 300 re-defined luxury, performance and reliability in the 4X4 market.. The Lexus RX300 competes with BMW X5 and the like in the luxury SUV market. Its a high spec 4x4, five-seater estate with good off road capacities although slightly more tuned for cruising down the motorway or grappling with suburban roads. Although two models were offered in the UK the more expensive higher spec SE version was more popular. Lexus pioneered the crossover SUV mixing luxury saloon and sports utility with 4x4 capabilities. It was based upon the Toyota Camry platform. The RX was available in both Front Wheel Drive and full-time AWD. A 3.0 Litre V-6 provided 220 HP and 222 lb.-ft. of torque.

  • Lexus RX 300 Series 1 - From Nov 2000 Detailed Specification

    Performance

    VVT- Full-time four wheel drive (4WD) with viscous coupling centre differential i - Variable Valve Timing - intelligent (electronically controlled)

    4-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT-i) with intelligent computer control

    Dual shift programs, engine/transmission networking, flex-lockup torque converter

    Maximum Speed 112mph

    Acceleration (mph, km/h) 0-60mph (0-100km/h) 9.2 seconds

    Cylinders/valves V6/24

    Capacity2995cc

    Compression ratio10.5:1

    Stroke and Bore87.5 x 83.0 mm

    Max. output 198 bhp (148 kW) @ 5600 rpm

    Max. torque209 lb/ft (283 Nm) @ 4400 rpm

    Fuel Consumption L100km (Mph)

    Urban cycle 16.0

    Extra Urban 27.4

    Combined 21.7

    Dimensions

    Length4580mm

    Width 1815mm

    Height1660mm

    Wheel base2615mm

    Fuel tank capacity75 litres

    Luggage compartment capacity1076 litres

    Gross Vehicle Weight

    Front1160kg

    Rear1110kg

    Total2270kg

    Maximum Permissible Axle Capacity

    Front1379kg

    Rear1200kg

    Kerb Weight

    Kerb Minimum 1790kg

    Kerb Maximum 1850kg

    Wheels And Tyres

    Wheel size6.5J x 16 or 6.5J x 17

    Tyre size215/70 R16 or 225/60 R17

    Towing Capacity

    With brake2000 kg

    Without brake700 kg

    Safety

    Seat belts with pre-tensioners and force limiters; Front seats side airbag system; Side impact door bars; Front and rear crumple zones; Driver and front passanger airbags; Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); Vehicle Stability Control (VSC); Traction Control System (TCS); Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD); Brake Assist (BAS);Foot-operated parking brake; Electric and heated exterior rear view mirrors.

    Brakes

    Front Ventilated disc

    Rear Solid disc

    Suspension

    Front Four-wheel independent, MacPherson struts, with coil springs

    Rear Gas-pressure shock absorbers, front and rear stabiliser bars

    Other Features

    Digital prosessing for improdved sound quality

    6-speaker stereo hi-fi system with 3-wave band RDS radio with 18 pre-set channels and Dolby cassette

    6 Disc CD autochanger fitted to the glovebox

    Electric aerial

    Rigid high-tensile steel cabin case

    Super-high quality finish featuring multi-layer paint treatment

    Extensive anti-corrosion protection

    16 or 17 inch alloy wheels with locking wheel nuts

    Full size spare wheel

    Front fog lamps

    Halogen headlamps

    High mounted rear stop lamp

    Double locking

    Immobiliser

    Front and rear mud guards

    Key-integrated remote control central locking system with open/close facility for windows and sunroof

    Photochromic rear view mirrors (automatic anti-glare)

    Electric one-touch tilt and slide sunroof with anti-jam protection

    Front windshield wiper de-icer

    Climate control air conditioning

    Speed-sensitive power-assisted steering

    Tilt adjustable steering column

    Outside temperature gauge

    Electrically multi-adjustable front seats,with lumbar support

    Electric windows with anti-jam protection and one-touch auto up/down feature on driver's side

    Optional DVD-based Lexus Navigator System

    Accessory power outlet in cargo area

    Front centre dual console box

    Drinks holders, front and rear

    Illuminated front visor vanity mirrors

    Electric boot and fuel flap release

    Large, liquid-crystal multi-information display

  • Lexus RX 300 SE Series 1 - From Nov 2000 - Detailed Specification

    Performance

    Maximum Speed (mph) 112mph

    Acceleration (mph, km/h) 0-60mph (0-100km/h) 9.2 seconds

    VVT-i - Variable Valve Timing - intelligent (electronically controlled)

    Full-time four wheel drive (4WD) with viscous coupling centre differential

    4-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT-i) with intelligent computer control

    Dual shift programs, engine-transmission networking, flex-lockup torque converter

    Cylinders and valves V6/24

    Capacity 2995cc

    Compression ratio 10.5:1

    Stroke and Bore 87.5 x 83.0 mm

    Max. output 198 bhp (148 kW) @ 5600 rpm

    Max. torque 209 lb/ft (283 Nm) @ 4400 rpm

    Fuel Consumption

    Urban (mpg) 16.0

    Extra-urban (mpg) 27.4

    Combined (mpg) 21.7

    Compression Ratio10.5:1

    Suspension

    Front Four-wheel independent, MacPherson struts, with coil springs Rear Gas-pressure shock absorbers, front and rear stabiliser bars

    Dimensions

    Length 4580mm

    Width1815mm

    Height1660mm

    Wheel base2615mm

    Fuel tank capacity75 litres

    Luggage compartment capacity1076 litres

    Gross Vehicle Weight

    Front1160 kg

    Rear1110 kg

    Total2270 kg

    Maximum Permissible Axle Capacity

    Front 1379 kg Rear1200 kg

    Kerb Weight

    Kerb Minimum 1790 kg

    Kerb Maximum1850 kg

    Wheels And Tyres

    Wheel size6.5J x 16 or 6.5J x 17

    Tyre size215/70 R16 or 225/60 R17

    Towing Capacity

    With brake2000 kg

    Without brake700 kg

    Other features

    16 or 17 inch alloy wheels with locking wheel nuts

    Full size spare wheel

    Halogen headlamps

    Digital prosessing for improdved sound quality

    6-speaker stereo hi-fi system with 3-wave band RDS radio with 18 pre-set channels and Dolby cassette

    6 Disc CD autochanger fitted to the glovebox

    Rigid high-tensile steel cabin case

    Electric aerial

    Super-high quality finish featuring multi-layer paint treatment

    Extensive anti-corrosion protection

    Front fog lamps

    High mounted rear stop lamp

    Immobiliser

    Double locking

    Front and rear mud guards

    Key-integrated remote control central locking system with open/close facility for windows and sunroof

    Climate control air conditioning

    Speed-sensitive power-assisted steering

    Tilt adjustable steering column

    Outside temperature gauge

    Electrically multi-adjustable front seats,with lumbar support

    Electric windows with anti-jam protection and one-touch auto up/down feature on driver's side

    Front centre dual console box

    Drinks holders, front and rear

    Electric boot and fuel flap release Illuminated front visor vanity mirrors

    Large, liquid-crystal multi-information display

    Accessory power outlet in cargo area

    Optional DVD-based Lexus Navigator System

    Cruise Control

    Leather upholstery Photochromic rear view mirrors (automatic anti-glare)

    Front windshield wiper de-icer

    Electric one-touch tilt and slide sunroof with anti-jam protection Heated front seats

    Wood and leather steering wheel (Oakham interior only)

    Wood and leather gear shift knob (Oakham interior only) Walnut trim inserts (Oakham interior only)

    Brakes

    Front Ventilated disc

    Rear Solid disc

    Safety

    Side impact door bars Front and rear crumple zones

    Driver and front passanger airbags

    Front seats side airbag system

    Seat belts with pre-tensioners and force limiters

    Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

    Traction Control System (TCS)

    Brake Assist (BAS)

    Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)

    Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

    Foot-operated parking brake

    Elec heated rear view mirrors

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