Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), also known as "sticker" price, is a recommended selling price that automakers give a new car that is above the invoice price paid by the dealer. It is a price that does not include any options that can be added to a particular car style. When shown as a range, the prices are starting MSRPs, without options, for multiple styles for that model.
This price range reflects the Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value for all trim levels, but not necessarily all available options.
The Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value represents the amount an auto dealer might ask for a specific vehicle; the actual sale price will vary. A vehicle's popularity, condition, warranty, color and local market conditions are factors involved in determining a final price. The retail value is not a trade-in or private party value.
The Suggested Retail value assumes that the vehicle has been fully reconditioned and has a clean title history. The Suggested Retail value also allows for advertising, sales commissions, insurance and other costs of doing business as a dealer. Most vehicles offered at this price have passed an inspection, and some may carry a warranty. Vehicle mileage is assumed to be normal or below normal.
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By Rick Popely
December 1, 1999
Vehicle Overview The RX300, the best-selling model in the Lexus lineup, returns unchanged from last year. The RX300 was introduced as an early 1999 model and was an instant hit with buyers, who embraced the car-like ride and handling in a vehicle with Lexus' reputation for quality and service. The RX300 is built on a passenger-car platform instead of a truck chassis and comes with either front-wheel drive or permanently engaged 4WD.
Toyota will get a lower-priced version of the RX300 as a 2001 model with different styling and fewer standard features.
Interior Standard equipment includes wood interior trim, a seven-speaker sound system and video-screen controls for audio and climate functions, but you have to pay extra for leather upholstery. Map pockets on all four doors and a roomy, two-tier center console provide ample interior storage.
Exterior At 180 inches long, the RX300 is about the same length as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Mercedes M-Class, but both those rivals stand nearly four inches taller, giving them a more traditional SUV profile. Sloping roof pillars behind the rear doors give the RX300 a distinctive appearance but from the inside can make it harder for drivers to see other vehicles.
Under the Hood The 220-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 and four-speed automatic transmission are the same ones used in the Lexus ES300 sedan. The 4WD system, which adds $1,400 to the base price, is designed for all-season on-road driving, not off-road boulder bashing.