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Lexus RX 300 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 220 hp @ 5800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2002 Lexus RX 300

  • Looks like an SUV (sort of). Drives like a car. That's why this is Lexus' best-selling vehicle.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Well-appointed interior, perfect road manners, excellent crash-test results, optional four-wheel drive.

  • Cons

    Allergic to major off-highway work, cumbersome LCD screen in center of dash, feels more like a minivan than an SUV.

  • What's New for 2002

    Other than the Nakamichi audio system value package no longer being available, there are no changes for the RX 300 this year.

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Customer Reviews

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Lexus rx300 review after 10

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Vehicle: 2002 Lexus RX 300 AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Hi, I have this car for 10 years now with 220k In general it was a great car very comfi to drive. It had few small problems but 2 problems that I want to share with all potential owners. One is with the anti lock brake sensors. During the 10 years had to change 2 anti lock sensors. 1000$ cost for each.Lexus built the antilock sensor into the drive shafts so there are 4 sensors in this car as it is a 4 wheel drive ( 4 shafts). In order to change the sensor the shaft must be replaced with a cost close to 1000$. Other issue is the timing belt. This model has a timing belt that must be changed around the 180k with a cost to the customer of close to 1000$. so be aware this is what you will face



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The greatest car i have

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Vehicle: 2002 Lexus RX 300 AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

This is the greatest car I have ever owned. I bought the car certified pre-owned in 2005 and I am absolutely impressed with the quality. After observing my father's current Toyota Prius, which has all of the trims, my Lexus feels luxurious and opulent compared to the hard leather in his car. Every time I turn the key, I do not have to worry about whether the car will start. (I still don't know what the check engine light looks like, and the car is 10 years old.) The only problem is the antenna. It just...stops working. I've put three on the car, but Lexus paid for them all in full. This car is better than most new cars and can still outperform them. It's a great college-kid car, hands-down.



4 of 4 people found this review helpful

This car saved my life

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Vehicle: 2002 Lexus RX 300 AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

If there was a higher rating for build quality and reliability besides excellent, this car would get it. As a senior in high school my parents allowed me to drive this car to school and back. However, one day coming back home i was stopped in a construction zone. A car going around 60 mph apparently did not realize that i was stopped in front and nailed my back bumper. I felt the impact but the car beautifully absorbed the blow. I was so grateful i was driving a truck, a high quality lexus truck, as the accident could have been a lot worse. as the accident could have been a lot worse.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Love my lexus!

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Vehicle: 2002 Lexus RX 300 AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

This is the best car I have ever owned. Nothing but regular maintenance since purchase 8 years ago. The only negative about this car is the poor turning radius but everything else from styling and comfort to driving experience and reliability is awesome. Love it!




Like a tank

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Vehicle: 2002 Lexus RX 300 AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

This vehicle rides like a tank. My wife likes this. I don't. She is very happy with the car. She feels safe and the seats are good for her sore back. I don't complain but I do find it top- heavy and unresponsive. Do yourself a favor and put on the best tires money can buy, get them rotated regularly and have the alignment checked. We get 19 mpg on a mix of city and highway driving. At 80000, it's been reliable. I shudder to think what a serious repair would cost. For this reason alone, I am agreeable to trading it in on a certified pre-owned RX330.




Best suv

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Vehicle: 2002 Lexus RX 300 AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I have had this SUV for 9 years now and the only problem I have had is that in cold weather the fan belt sometimes squeals. A little grease eliminates the problem. I do regular oil changes every 5000 miles (use Mobil 1), and that's about it.



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What's New for 2002

Other than the Nakamichi audio system value package no longer being available, there are no changes for the RX 300 this year.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
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  • 21
  • highway
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