2002 Lexus RX 300 Expert Reviews at carmax.com

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Lexus RX 300

2002 Lexus RX 300

These are written by independent automotive providing an objective and reliable to help you make a smart decision. 2002 Lexus RX 300.

By: Mitch McCullough, Editor-in-Chief

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When it was introduced in the RX 300 represented the vanguard of a new class of More a tall car than a SUV, the RX 300 nonetheless delivered the SUV most urban/suburban buyers a high seating position, versatile cargo capacity, and traction. But what made it was its Lexus levels of quality, comfort, and quietude.

The RX 300’s success quickly inspired including the Acura MDX, BMW X5, and Rendezvous. Still, the RX 300 remains one of the top It delivers a smooth on-road fine handling, a quiet and a responsive V6 engine.

RX 300 can be equipped either full-time four-wheel for poor weather driving or front-wheel drive. It’s not for optimal off-road adventures. If what you’re looking try the similarly priced Land Discovery.

For 2002, Lexus has the RX 300’s DVD navigation system.

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2WD ($33,955); 4WD

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The Lexus RX 300 look like an off-road and you wouldn’t want to drive one to the Jeep Jamboree. It looks like a luxury wagon and what it is, though it is quite of handling dirt two-tracks and mountain roads.

Its unique seems most at home in urban settings. It is as aerodynamic as it with a low 0.36 coefficient of which helps reduce noise.

The RX 300 is slightly longer and than a Jeep Grand Like a car, it employs a chassis instead of the inherently body-on-frame design used on trucks and sport-utilities. Though a few come from the Lexus ES 300 the RX 300 is built on a unique platform.

year (2001), the front receive an emerald shading to them look like units on the Lexus LS 430 flagship The RX 300’s taillamps were redesigned for 2001. Projector-beam add to the RX 300’s sports appeal.

Getting in and out of a vehicle couldn’t be While most sport-utilities a step up and most sports require ducking down, the RX 300 you to slide straight in. Once in, are treated to comfortable seats and a interior. Ours came in light beige leather. offers black leather as

Overall, this is a lovely and very well designed. The piece of wood trim by a pair of vents on the center looks odd and unnatural to me, but my colleagues disagreed, saying it complements the RX interior and exterior design. the sunroof and the little sunroof generates quite a bit of wind

Regardless, everything works All the switchgear operates flawlessly and all are positioned exactly as one would The one thing that isn’t exactly as you’d expect is the lever, which is mounted in the of the instrument panel.

This frees some floor between the front seats for packages, purses or a brace of Big It also makes it easier to over to the other seat.

The seats slide forward and aft to legroom or increase cargo They also recline

For 2002, the DVD navigation system has upgraded. Route calculation is twice as fast as before, and map speed has increased as well. The has been expanded to include Canadian destinations.

Aside from that, the RX 300 unchanged from 2001.

Lexus RX 300


Ride quality and handling are among the RX 300’s features. Underway, the RX 300 is smooth and quiet. It’s stable in sweeping turns, but also at home on winding mountain dispatching them almost as as a sedan.

There’s none of the or compromised turn-in stability by truck-based SUVs.

Vehicle Control, which detects either the front or rear lose traction and reduces or selectively applies brakes to the skid, adds a measurable to the RX 300’s driving abilities.

7.7 inches of ground clearance, the RX 300 forded a roadside ditch and But its crisp, predictable handling on surfaces is what we liked The RX 300 can be driven quite quickly gravel and dirt roads. do not upset its handling balance driving hard through corners. Pushed beyond its the front tires wash out and the rear end never, ever out.

All of this instills confidence driving on loose surfaces. also a benefit when rounding a slippery corner tightens up, only to have a dart out onto the road. In situation, the RX 300 performs precisely and

The available four-wheel-drive system full time and requires no from the driver. It splits torque equally between the and rear wheels on the highway. things get slippery a viscous center differential directs to the wheels with the most

An optional limited-slip rear aids traction further and control. Lexus developed a electronically controlled automatic with an integrated transfer to work with the system. No gear set is available, however.

is not really an off-road vehicle; an off-highway vehicle.

The front-drive is worth considering for those who in the Sunbelt, because it handles city streets and potholes than many sedans. lighter, it is a bit quicker than the model, and electronic traction is available to help with surfaces. Still, it seems a to pass on the RX 300’s four-wheel-drive because it increases stability in the and improves driver control in maneuvers, even on dry, days.

Ride quality on paved is silky and controlled. Big bumps on roads are well damped. RX 300 not ride quite as well on roads as the larger, more more off-road-oriented Lexus LX

Washboard surfaces generated vibration.

Steering is precise and allowing smooth cornering and stable high-speed cruising. Our vehicle had Bridgestone Dueler H/T which are quiet on the highway and good grip on and off road. light-truck sidewalls give good protection for light use.

Overall, they are a choice, although some RX are delivered with analogous Slightly more aggressive would reduce braking and provide a better cornering on dirt or gravel roads; something to be considered by anyone who drives on unpaved roads.

The V6 is silky smooth and offers around-town and highway performance. It the RX 300 briskly from a standstill. performance at higher speeds is not its suit, however, and it bogs a bit upshifting from second to gear. The 3.0-liter, all-aluminum V6 220 horsepower and 222 foot-pounds of torque.

It’s a sophisticated unit four cams, 24 valves, variable valve timing, a variable intake system and a bypass exhaust system. EPA 2WD models at 19/23 mpg, 4WD at 18/22; Lexus recommends (premium) fuel for optimal but you can use 87-octane safely.

Braking is and consistent, though we found the pe

The RX 300 handles well and rides Exceptional traction on slippery makes it a good luxury car for who frequently drive on snow-covered or roads. RX 300 provides almost as cargo space as a Jeep Cherokee, but boasts vastly ride and handling.

Inside it feels and drives like a sports sedan.

The RX 300 is not a great vehicle, however, nor is it the brawniest in capability. But most people drive off-road anyway. For reason, the RX 300 remains at the forefront of SUV designs.

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