Make / Model Search

Lexus RX

Lexus RX

1 Apr 2003

AUSTRALIA didn’t see the first-generation (1998) RX, which was essentially a 1997-2002 Toyota Camry with extensive revisions to the front-wheel drive platform and a completely new body and interior.

The same applied to the Mk2 model that stormed Australia during 2003.

It quickly asserted itself as a segment leader, and became Lexus’ most popular vehicle.

Again Lexus pilfered the contemporary (’02-’06) Camry platform, but worked extremely hard to eliminate noise, vibration and harshness.

The result was one of the quietest and comfortable SUVs for any money, backed by a soft ride and opulent luxury levels in the higher-grade Sports Luxury model – which also included high-tech features such as a reverse camera, electric tailgate door and satellite navigation.

Yet even the entry-level Sport included stability control, an armada of airbags, anti-lock brakes, powered front seats and a sunroof.

But the RX 300 is no driver’s car, despite possessing a smooth and powerful 172kW/328Nm 3.3-litre VVTi double overhead cam 24-valve V6 powerplant paired to a silky five-speed sequential automatic gearbox.

Read more

1st of January 1970

When it was new

Lexus models

Catch up on all of the latest industry news with this week's edition of GoAutoNews
Click here