Used 2003 Lexus RX 300

Pros & Cons

  • Well-appointed interior, perfect road manners, excellent crash test results, optional four-wheel drive.
  • Allergic to major off-highway work, cumbersome LCD screen in center of dash, feels more like a minivan than an SUV.
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Lexus RX 300 for Sale
List Price Range
$4,995 - $5,900

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Edmunds' Expert Review

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

2003 Highlights

Nothing has changed for the RX 300 during its move from 2002 to 2003. Prospective buyers should note that it will get a complete redesign for 2004.


Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2003 Lexus RX 300.

Average user rating: 4.7 stars
74 total reviews
5 star reviews: 78%
4 star reviews: 16%
3 star reviews: 6%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

  • comfort
  • interior
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • handling & steering
  • driving experience
  • appearance
  • ride quality
  • value
  • road noise
  • fuel efficiency
  • spaciousness
  • transmission
  • safety
  • oil
  • off-roading
  • maintenance & parts
  • engine
  • doors
  • lights
  • infotainment system
  • wheels & tires
  • warranty
  • steering wheel
  • dashboard
  • seats
  • technology
  • electrical system
  • sound system
  • visibility
  • emission system
  • cup holders
  • climate control
  • acceleration

Most helpful consumer reviews

4.75/5 stars, Still going strong at 130K
AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
My last Lexus, I sold with less than 100k somewhat in fear that it was getting old. I see it now and then and it appears to be moving along just fine. My 2002 RX just turned 130k and it running strong. It has the parking lot dings and a few scrapes on the bumper but aside from that, I plan on pushing it to it's limit. When it comes to Santa Fe snow, it's a champ and have told my wife, I would get another based on its ability to handle the snow pack and lack of street clean up. I've had other 4 wd and even my old Trooper can't compare. I would have to say it's been the best vehicle I've owned. I would highly recommend even buying a good used one. Look forward writing you when I hit 200K.
5/5 stars, Best Car I've Ever Owned
AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
I bought new a 2003 Lexus RX300 and have owned it for 16 years. It has183,000 miles and the car has been rock solid! Still drives like a champ, comfortable, quiet, and it has been rock solid for reliability. NO major issues.
5/5 stars, Great Little SUV driving it for 5 years
AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
I had my RX300 for 5 years now, it has 175k miles and still drive like new, no problem of any kind , just oil change and brake in 3 years tires still good after 3 years of heavy driving, smooth ride, ok on fuel, AC and heating is great accelerate good for AWD , reliable, I had a lot of cars in my live Jeep, BMWs, Kia, Honda, Nissan X terra , ford, Montero, Mercedes Isuzo , Hyundai this Lexus IS the best if u find one buy it no matter what is the miles on it it will last for ever
4.375/5 stars, Nice Car, but could be better
H Baker,
AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
Over all the RX 300 is a very good car! It is easy to drive as the steering feels effortless. The design is good but needs some refinements such as more room. The ride is stiffer than the MDX. Fuel economy is fair at best.

Features & Specs

AWD 4dr SUV3.0L 6cyl 4A
MPG 16 city / 21 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
220 hp @ 5800 rpm
Fwd 4dr SUV3.0L 6cyl 4A
MPG 17 city / 21 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
220 hp @ 5800 rpm
See all Used 2003 Lexus RX 300 specs & features


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver4 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
Rollover3 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact TestNot Tested
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test


Is the Lexus RX 300 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2003 RX 300 both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Lexus RX 300 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the RX 300 gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the RX 300 has 39.8 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Lexus RX 300. Learn more

Is the Lexus RX 300 reliable?

To determine whether the Lexus RX 300 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the RX 300. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the RX 300's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2003 Lexus RX 300 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2003 Lexus RX 300 is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2003 RX 300 is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2003 Lexus RX 300?

The least-expensive 2003 Lexus RX 300 is the 2003 Lexus RX 300 Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $35,125.

Other versions include:

  • AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $36,925
  • Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $35,125
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What are the different models of Lexus RX 300?

If you're interested in the Lexus RX 300, the next question is, which RX 300 model is right for you? RX 300 variants include AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A), and Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A). For a full list of RX 300 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2003 Lexus RX 300

Used 2003 Lexus RX 300 Overview

The Used 2003 Lexus RX 300 is offered in the following submodels: RX 300 SUV. Available styles include AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A), and Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A).

What do people think of the 2003 Lexus RX 300?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2003 Lexus RX 300 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2003 RX 300 4.7 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2003 RX 300.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2003 Lexus RX 300 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2003 RX 300 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2003 Lexus RX 300?

2003 Lexus RX 300 AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

The 2003 Lexus RX 300 AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,500. The average price paid for a new 2003 Lexus RX 300 AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A) is trending $34,307 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $34,307 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $3,193.

The average savings for the 2003 Lexus RX 300 AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A) is 91.5% below the MSRP.

Which 2003 Lexus RX 300s are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2003 Lexus RX 300 for sale near. There are currently 2 new 2003 RX 300s listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $4,995 and mileage as low as 187187 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2003 Lexus RX 300.

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Should I lease or buy a 2003 Lexus RX 300?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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