The RX300 is among our top-rated SUVs. It is comfortable and quiet. Handling is secure though not agile and is now aided by standard stability control. The interior is modest-sized but well finished and it provides a little more cargo capacity than some similar wagons. Load capacity, however, is modest. Fuel economy is very good for its class.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags standard. ESC standard from 2001. Head protection air bags standard from 2004.
Road Test

The RX300 is among our top-rated SUVs. It is comfortable and quiet. Handling is secure though not agile and is now aided by standard stability control. The interior is modest-sized but well finished and it provides a little more cargo capacity than some similar wagons. Load capacity, however, is modest. Fuel economy is very good for its class.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3-liter V6 (220 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2000 Lexus RX owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Cruise control

"Cruise Control occasionally will not engage. Will engage on additional trys"

Gene P., WI (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"burned our brake light"

Anonymous, DE (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)
Interior lights

"An interior light burned out and Lexus wants an exhorbitant amount to replace it"

Anonymous, NV (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Auto door locks not working on all doors"

Faith G., CA (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

"some times won"t unlock doors. also driver's window works when it want's too, which is seldom"

Anonymous, FL (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

"The keyless entry works intermittently and the passenger side power window lowers, but sometimes won't raise"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)
Warning lights

"The check engine light comes on every time i fill up the gas tank. I would also like to add I have installed many batteries in this SUV"

Anonymous, NV (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

"Lights not indicating drive positions behind speedo and below t bar"

Gene P., WI (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

"dash light for rear lights on constantly, but rear lights work!"

Anonymous, FL (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Complete failure and system replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"The automatic climate control is sporadic in operation, especially in humid climates. Basically, the a/c is either on or off. So fogging of the windshield is hard to control. Where we live (central Texas), this is generally just a nuisance, but on a trip to Houston it interfered with attentive driving. I attempted to have it fixed, but the independent repair shop could not find the problem in the first $1,000 of repair/maintenance, so I gave up. We primarily use the car for short trips arou"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

"No heat, only cold air coming out of vents"

Anonymous, GA (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

"Motor that adjusts heated and cooled air to match temperature setting has not worked for years. It needs to be replaced, but very expensive to do"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

"Condenser developed a hole/leak and required replacement"

Robert A., AZ (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)
Heater system

"The heater works intermittently, but does not work well in conjunction with the a/c to defrost/defog the windshield"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"The air conditioner freon (?) leaks, so instead of having it repaired for a $1000, every 6 months or so I have it refilled at a cost of $130.00"

Anonymous, KY (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"check engine light came on. Was a bad oxygen sensor affecting emissions"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

"2 O2 sensors failed. 1st one replaced myself. 2nd one stripped the threads trying to remove. Had to tow to dealer. Expensive"

Anonymous, PA (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

"O2 sensor failed due to age"

Anonymous, DE (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

"Engine failure codes indicate problems with all three sensors. I have replaced one of them twice, but still shows failure"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint on roof has blistered and faded"

Faith G., CA (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

"Car was in an accident before I bought it. The paint done on the damaged rear fender area is fading"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)
Rust

"Both rear doors rusting to the rear of the doors"

Elizabeth E., MA (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Power steering leaks

"power steering pump failure. New pump from Lexus was $900.00. Bought new one on-line with life time warranty for $85.00"

Anonymous, SC (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Replaced rear struts after 189000 miles.Fronts are still original"

Anonymous, PA (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Left rear wheel was producing a minor noise. Repair shop had to replace bearing and brake disc because bearing was impossible to remove from old disc. Ok"

Anonymous, BC (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"leaks in an area that cannot be replaced without replacing system. cost more than car is worth"

Anonymous, WI (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)
Muffler

"Wore out & needed replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)
Pipes

"wore out & needed replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

"Valve cover gasket leaked and was replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

"oil gasket leaking - been leaking for 10 years"

Anonymous, VA (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

"The engine light came on, and when I checked it had almost no oil in it"

Joseph J., TX (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission failed"

Anonymous, WA (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

"Auto was always serviced regularly and transmission fluid always checked. Transmission started slipping and suddenly would not operate in any gear. Engine would run but vehicle would not move. Towed to Toyota dealer - no Lexus dealer withing 150 miles. Service mgr said transmission had an internal leak (no evidence of fluid on garage floor). Could not be repaired and no core rebuild value. Transmission should not have failed under 90,000 miles and I wrote Lexus. They said car was too old to be c"

Anthony D., CA (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Seat belts

"Seat belt is hard to buckle and unbuckle"

Anonymous, PA (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Tailgate won't stay up. Also the lining has detached from metal tailgate in one corner"

Anonymous, PA (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"when the car sits unstarted for a few days, it doesn't start. so I've installed a Battery Tender and plug it all when i'm not driving it"

Anonymous, KY (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Changed fluid (several times) and the filter, and problem seems to have resolved"

Sue H., WA (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"Alternator died"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"sunroof leaking; weather stripping around doors beginning to fail and not seal tightly"

Anonymous, VA (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Squeaking

"related to the worn bearing previously described"

E L., MD (2000 Lexus RX 300 3.0-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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