1999 Lexus RX300

  • 1999 Lexus RX300 Base Sport Utility

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1999 Lexus RX300 Review

An elegant vehicle that doesn’t mind getting dirty.

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The 1999 Lexus RX300 is a brand new venture into the SUV crossover market for the luxury automaker. It tried to design a vehicle that would let the owner have it all; It holds high style without losing any of its capability as an SUV. It's equipped with a moderate three-liter V-6 engine that uses intelligent Variable Valve Timing, which allows the engine to create 80 percent of the maximum 222 lb-ft of torque at only 1600 rpm. It comes in a front-drive or four-wheel-drive layout and is further stabilized with an electronic traction control system.

The Range

Body styles: SUV crossover
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Lexus RX300

What's New

The 1999 Lexus RX300 is a venture into the crossover market; this car-influenced SUV is all new.


The 1999 Lexus RX300 has a very sleek frame and aerodynamic build. The way the hood raises and the very low curving grade of the windshield is very aesthetically pleasing. Some nice luxury points come from the auto-tinting side or rearview mirrors that are optional. It sits on standard 16-inch alloy wheels and comes with privacy glass. Optional features include metallic and special factory paint.


The 1999 Lexus RX300 is an example of how the automaker rarely skimps on features. It comes with a 190-watt AM/FM/Cassette sound system but can be upgraded to a Nakamichi CD sound system. It also comes with an LCD trip computer that can display weather and other information. The interior comes with standard cloth seats with the option of upgrading to leather upholstery. Furthermore, the driver seat is powered and can be upgraded to keep seat memory.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Lexus RX300 comes with key features such as quick acceleration and a very firm grip on the ground. It does a great job of handling smoothly and crisply, even in loose dirt. Since it has more of a car base than a truck base, it is able to handle sharp turns on winding roads and maneuver in relatively tight spaces. As long as the driver does not opt for the sunroof, it rides very quietly, even during rapid acceleration.


The 1999 Lexus RX300 comes with driver and passenger airbags as well as front side airbags. Standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes bring it to a quick stop while the optional traction control helps keep it from slipping. An anti-theft alarm also comes standard.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lexus RX300: 17/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Cheap for a Lexus
  • Stylish, aerodynamic design

You Won't Like

  • Not made for overly rough terrain

Sum Up

An elegant vehicle that doesn’t mind getting dirty.

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