Lexus RX300 Parts and Accessories: Automotive: Amazon.com

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The Lexus RX that launched in the U.S. market in March of 1998 as a 1999 model started life as a version of the Japanese-market Toyota Harrier crossover. Though the Harrier offered four-cylinder engines, the RX came to market with 3.0-liter V6 power and the choice of either front- or all-wheel-drive.

A four-speed automatic transmission was standard, and the lack of low-range gearing meant the RX.

The Lexus RX that launched in the U.S. market in March of 1998 as a 1999 model started life as a version of the Japanese-market Toyota Harrier crossover. Though the Harrier offered four-cylinder engines, the RX came to market with 3.0-liter V6 power and the choice of either front- or all-wheel-drive.

A four-speed automatic transmission was standard, and the lack of low-range gearing meant the RX was aimed at taking the kids to school in foul weather, not climbing rocks or traversing the back country. This is exactly what the market wanted, as the RX 300 quickly rose to become the top-selling Lexus model. Nearly 360,000 of the first generation were sold over five years.

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Though the first-generation RX used a stretched Toyota Corolla-based RAV4 platform, the second generation version shared its structure with the RAV4 as well as Toyota#39;s Harrier and Highlander crossovers. A 230-hp 3.3-liter V6 mated to a five-speed automatic replaced the previous powertrain, and both front- and all-wheel-drive models were again offered.

Height-adjustable air suspension continued as an option, and features like a Mark Levinson sound system, DVD-based navigation system and laser cruise control also were available. Though all RX models had been built in Japan up to this point, in September 2003, production of U.S. models was shifted to Toyota#39;s Cambridge, Ontario plant in Canada.

In April 2005, Lexus introduced the RX 400h, a hybrid version that mated the 3.3-liter V6 with a continuously variable transmission, an electric motor to drive the rear axle, and a motor generator unit linked to the front-wheel drive unit to supplement the gasoline engine. Starting in 2006, buyers could order the RX 400h in front-drive form without the extra electric motor and all-wheel-drive. Non-hybrid models were updated the following year with a 3.5-liter V6 and the RX 350 name, as well as trim and equipment updates.

The third generation RX debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2009 in both RX 350 and RX 450h forms. The wheelbase (107.9-in.) is an inch longer, and the latest RX uses a more powerful 275-hp 3.5-liter V6 mated to a six-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission. Cargo space was increased by replacing the previous rear strut suspension with a double-wishbone design, and the navigation touch screen has been replaced by a conventional screen and mouse-like controller on the console.

Hybrid models use a specially developed version of the 3.5-liter V6, and more powerful electric motors not only give it a total output of 295 horsepower, but improve fuel economy. A unique front fascia and optional LED headlights distinguish it from the RX 350. The RX will be updated in 2011-2012, and replaced in 2014-2015.

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