The five passengers RX 300 was essentially a single generation model that ran from 1999-2003. RX 300 is available with front wheel drive or traction enhancing all wheel drive, It can in one trim and was powered by a 3.0 liter V6 (220 horsepower and 222 pound feet of torque) paired to a four speed automatic transmission. Towing capacity at 3,500 pounds. Luxury features such as 16 inch alloy wheels, foglights, automatic climate control, full power accessories (including front seats and auto down window in all doors) and a cassette player came standard on the RX 300, and Standard safety features include antilock brakes and front seat side airbags.
The driver and passenger sit in beautifully padded F Sport seats trimmed in perforated black leather, finished with subtle bronzed highlights through the perforations. It’s an unusual colour option. The seats are incredibly comfortable. They’re also heated, cooled and electrically adjustable in the front. Rear passengers have enough legroom for six-foot passengers to sit comfortably behind six-foot drivers. Headroom is more than adequate, despite the large glass roof. The only real issue with the RX 300 is its 12.3-inch infotainment system. It’s controlled with a fiddly laptop-style touchpad or can be used as a touchscreen, though the positioning makes it awkward to use. It comes with active driver assists, including autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, a surround-view camera, and parking sensors. There’s also 10 airbags in total, including a knee airbag for the driver.
The RX300 is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine making 175kW and 350Nm. It’s hooked up to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission – there’s no all-wheel drive option with this particular engine. The six-speed auto does an excellent job keeping the engine in the meet of its powerband. Loaded with four adults it has more than enough punch to smoothly scale hills at highway speed, although it can get a bit noisy when on high speed with a full load on board. Despite the lack of all-wheel drive, traction is never an issue.