Lexus RX 300 Fun Facts
- Want to know how the Lexus RX 300 crossover concept came to be? Well, it originated from the result of a market research study. The study found out that only a measly 7% of SUV owners utilized their vehicles for off-roading. This led Toyota to develop an on-road SUV, which would later turn out to be the RX 300, of course.
- In Japan, the Lexus RX 300 was known as the Toyota Harrier.
- During the RX series' earlier years, the Lexus RX 300 was the only Lexus that was constructed outside of Japan. Most variants of the RX 300 were built at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada plant in Cambridge, Ohio.
- Since it debuted in 1998 and until the Lexus RX 350 took its place after a few years, the Lexus RX 300 has been the United States' best-selling luxury SUV (it was also Lexus' best-selling model). That isn't surprising since it sold nearly 400,000 in its first five years in the market. In fact, the 330i's popularity pushed rival makes to launch crossovers of their own.
- The Lexus RX 300 was an award magnet, which wasn't really that surprising considering its impressive capabilities. Here are some of the notable accolades that it received: J.D. Power and Associates' Most Appealing Luxury SUV (1998), Motor Trend's Sports/Utility Vehicle of the year (1999), Money Magazine's Best Deal on the Road in the SUV class (1999), and Kelley Blue Book's Best to Hold Value awardee (1999 to 2001).
- In 2002, Lexus introduced a limited Coach Edition RX 300 (which was of course inspired by Coach, the American luxury leather goods manufacturer). Naturally, this special edition featured lots of fine perforated leather in the interior. On top of that, it also had a unique honeycomb grille, Coach badges in both interior and the exterior, and a bonus set of Coach luggage. Sweet.
- Because of its widespread popularity, it's pretty much impossible for the Lexus RX 300 to not find itself appearing in movies and television shows. Some of its small screen and big screen sightings include South Park, Frasier, Bra Boys, Alaska State Troopers, The Beast, The Starter Wife, Everwood, Anna's Eve, The Firm, Tiger & Bunny, Stick It, Gone, Wildfire, 25th Hour, Freaky Firday, Parks and Recreation, GCB, and Franklin & Bash. Whew.