Lexus RX Estate 2000 - 2003

Lexus RX Estate 2000 - 2003

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016


  • Extremely comfortable
  • Excellent road handling abilities
  • Unbeatable reliable


  • Poor off-road ability
  • No diesel engines available


The Lexus RX is a stunning looking so called 'off-roader' that comes loaded to the rafters with kit and the sort of luxury that is common from Lexus. It feels more like a luxury saloon than a 4x4 when on the road with an excellent V6 engine that is more than quick enough and it is accompanied by a wonderfully smooth automatic gearbox. It handles corners surprisingly well for such a large vehicle with minimal body roll and a very smooth ride on the majority of roads. This is all backed up by Lexus's unbeatable reliability. The only negative that can be said about this vehicle is that it shouldn't be labeled as an 'off-roader'. You will regret ever leaving the tarmac in the RX even if it's just for a little jaunt up a slightly muddy track.

Exterior and Interior

The RX is a stunning looking 4x4 with the interior feeling more like that of a luxury estate car. There is plenty of room inside for five adults to sit comfortably and there is a big boot that will easily accommodate every ones luggage too. There is only a choice between two trim levels with the basic level coming with climate control, electric windows in the back and front, Traction control, ABS, airbags and a CD stereo. The SE trim adds cruise control, an electric sunroof and leather upholstery.

Performance and Economy

The 3.0-litre V6 engine is incredibly smooth and fast going from a standing start to 60mph in 8.9 seconds. It's a pity the same can't be said for the fuel efficiency. It will only achieve 21mpg which is in same league as a Land Rover Discovery and BMW X5 petrol engines. The four-speed automatic is exceptionally efficient, which is a good thing as there aren't any other options. For insurance the RX falls into group 15 which is cheaper than some of the X5 petrol engines.

Like to Drive

The XR is more of an executive saloon than a 4x4 with its wonderfully smooth V6 engine and gearbox, its steering is sharp and precise with minimal body roll in the corners and a subtle ride. Wind, road and engine noise are almost none existent except when travelling at higher speeds on the motorway when some wind noise starts to creep in. Off road is a different story. Our advice would be to look else where even if you're idea of off-roading is travelling up a muddy dirt track once a year, as you will be sorely disappointed by the performance. The RX was designed specifically for the road and that's where it should stay.

Faults and Repairs

There is not much to report here with there being virtually no faults to report. The only thing to look out for is alloy wheels that have corroded badly. That's pretty much it so you can be pretty confident that if you do purchase one of them you're only going to see the inside of a garage for its regular services. However if something does go wrong, heaven forbid, the labour rates are fairly high and the costs for repairs come in at an expensive rate.