The RX 300, Lexus's first mid-size SUV, also as a crossover, was released for sale in March 1998 as an early 1999 model. Sales were strong in the United States for this vehicle.
The original Lexus RX's 3.0-liter V6 engine with 220 horsepower and four-speed automatic transmission, along with the options of front and all-wheel drive, were standard on all models through January 2003.
As of January 6, 1998:
- $31,550 (1999 Lexus RX 300 4x2)
- $32,950 (1999 Lexus RX 300 4x4)