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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The RX doesn't have a Euro NCAP crash rating but it comes well equipped with safety kit including traction and stability control, seats designed to lessen whiplash injuries, electronic brakeforce distribution and nine airbags including multi-stage driver and passenger airbags, curtain shield airbags plus a driver's knee airbag.

Thanks to a spacious cabin, the RX is great for families but the boot is a little disappointing. There's only 439 litres of luggage room (on both the standard and hybrid models) which is very low compared to alternatives like the BMW X5. The sloping tailgate doesn't help and means it's not easy to carry large or awkward items. On the plus side the boot opening is large and the load area itself is wide with no intrusions.

The rear seats don't quite fold flat but the glove box is a decent size and there is a handy storage compartment between the front seats.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Lexus RX (03-09).

  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Exclusive Limited Edition equipment

Exclusive Limited Edition standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Exclusive Limited Edition optional equipment
  • Alarm

LE equipment

LE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
LE optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Limited Edition equipment

Limited Edition standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Limited Edition optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
SE optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • DVD
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

SE-L equipment

SE-L standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
SE-L optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • DVD
  • Parking sensors
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

SR equipment

SR standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
SR optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav