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Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Medium SUV

Lexus launched the second generation of the RX SUV at the 2003 North American International Motor Show and promised more performances with better fuel efficiency.

The world started to switch its attention towards SUVs, and Lexus tried to get a higher market share. Like its predecessor, the 2004 model year RX relied on the Japan-only model Toyota Harrier. Lexus offered the RX as an alternative for the sporty BMW X5, which enjoyed huge success on both sides of the Atlantic. Unlike its German rival, the Japanese SUV was not available with a turbo-diesel unit, which slowed its sales on the European continent.

From the outside, the RX featured a new design with curved, triangular headlights and a slanted grille incorporated in the hood's front side. Even though it was an SUV, its athletic profile with raked-forward tailgate and C-pillars created a sporty image. Its clear taillights created the appearance of an aftermarket improvement, even though it was standard.

Inside, the carmaker went over the bridge and offered the car a standard leather-clad interior. Toyota offered a standard Bose CD stereo with an option for an 11-speakers Mark Levinson sound system. At the front, a pair of bucket seats offered a real premium feeling with an option for heating and ventilation.

Under the hood, the RX started its career with a gasoline-only V-6 engine. Later on, a hybrid version named RX400h became a sought-after SUV thanks to its high fuel efficiency, especially in FWD versions. It was the first premium hybrid vehicle on the market.

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LEXUS RX 2004 - 2008
  3 gasoline engines
  • 300 V6 5AT (204 HP)
  • 330 V6 5AT (223 HP)
  • 350 V6 5AT (272 HP)
  2 hybrid engines
  • 400h CVT (210 HP)
  • 400h CVT AWD (210 HP)

LEXUS RX 300 V6 5AT (204 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  300 V6 5AT (204 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2995 cm3
Power
150 KW @ 5600 RPM
204 HP @ 5600 RPM
201 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
209 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
283 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
19.8 gallons (75.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
124 mph (200 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/60R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
186.6 in (4740 mm)
Width
72.4 in (1839 mm)
Height
66.1 in (1679 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.2/61.4 in (1,580/1,560 mm)
Wheelbase
107.1 in (2720 mm)
Ground Clearance
8.3 in (211 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.5 cuFT (439 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4045.5 lbs (1835 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5247 lbs (2380 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
13.9 mpg US (16.9 L/100Km)
Highway
25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)
Combined
19.3 mpg US (12.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
288 g/km

LEXUS RX 330 V6 5AT (223 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  330 V6 5AT (223 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3309 cm3
Power
166 KW @ 5600 RPM
226 HP @ 5600 RPM
223 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
238 lb-ft @ 3600 RPM
323 Nm @ 3600 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
19.8 gallons (75.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
118 mph (190 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/65S R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
186.61 in (4740 mm)
Width
72.44 in (1840 mm)
Height
66.14 in (1680 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.2/61.41 in (1,580/1,560 mm)
Wheelbase
107.08 in (2720 mm)
Ground Clearance
8.3 in (211 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.5 cuFT (439 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Gross Weight Limit
5520 lbs (2504 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19 mpg US (12.4 L/100Km)
Highway
25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)
Combined
21.6 mpg US (10.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
259 g/km

LEXUS RX 350 V6 5AT (272 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  350 V6 5AT (272 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3456 cm3
Power
202 KW @ 5600 RPM
275 HP @ 5600 RPM
271 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
252 lb-ft @ 4700 RPM
342 Nm @ 4700 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
19.8 gallons (75.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
124 mph (200 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/60R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
186.6 in (4740 mm)
Width
72.4 in (1839 mm)
Height
66.1 in (1679 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.2/61.4 in (1,580/1,560 mm)
Wheelbase
107.1 in (2720 mm)
Ground Clearance
8.3 in (211 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.5 cuFT (439 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3990.4 lbs (1810 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5247 lbs (2380 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
21 mpg US (11.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
267 g/km

LEXUS RX 400h CVT (210 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  400h CVT (210 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3456 cm3
Power
198.6 KW @ 5600 RPM
270 HP @ 5600 RPM
266 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
252 lb-ft @ 4700 RPM
342 Nm @ 4700 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Hybrid
Fuel capacity
19.8 gallons (75.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
124 mph (200 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
CVT
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/60R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
186.6 in (4740 mm)
Width
72.4 in (1839 mm)
Height
66.1 in (1679 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.2/61.4 in (1,580/1,560 mm)
Wheelbase
107.1 in (2720 mm)
Ground Clearance
8.3 in (211 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.5 cuFT (439 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4409 lbs (2000 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5523 lbs (2505 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
25.8 mpg US (9.1 L/100Km)
Highway
30.9 mpg US (7.6 L/100Km)
Combined
29 mpg US (8.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
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LEXUS RX 400h CVT AWD (210 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  400h CVT AWD (210 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3311 cm3
Power
154.5 KW @ 5600 RPM
210 HP @ 5600 RPM
207 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
212 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM
287 Nm @ 4400 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Hybrid
Fuel capacity
19.8 gallons (75.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
124 mph (200 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
CVT
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/55 R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
186.61 in (4740 mm)
Width
72.44 in (1840 mm)
Height
66.14 in (1680 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.2/61.41 in (1,580/1,560 mm)
Wheelbase
107.08 in (2720 mm)
Ground Clearance
8.3 in (211 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.5 cuFT (439 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4497 lbs (2040 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5523 lbs (2505 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
25.8 mpg US (9.1 L/100Km)
Highway
30.9 mpg US (7.6 L/100Km)
Combined
29 mpg US (8.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
192 g/km
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