1999-2003 Lexus RX300: The Perfect First Car | The Truth About Cars

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1999-2003 Lexus RX300: The First Car

Like Steve I’m always getting asked by and family for recommendations on cars for drivers. Unlike Steve I don’t have the balls to recommend the “tough love” of making a young driver buy his own After all, that make me a hypocrite, since my own birthday earned me a ten-year-old which marked the beginning of my from a normal high-schooler to the kid on campus. My fanny pack may also played a role.

of “tough love,” I politely a long list of car recommendations to and family, who ignore all of them and buy a This annoys me. It’s not I don’t like the Civic, has reliably provided mediocre to three decades of Americans. because I’ve found better: the first-generation Lexus

Now, I know what of you are thinking. Some of you are so blood-boilin’ mad at the that your own first car was a Pontiac LeMans hatchback you’re going to quickly down to the comments and write in all about how no TEENAGER should be a LEXUS . Of course, this is the “chip on your shoulder” set would quickly point out “it’s just a fancy if a co-worker bought one.

But I have my reasons for recommending an over the hallowed Honda so hear me out.

1. Quality. who stick their kids buying their own first car forget about one important in first-car ownership. When it down, the first call is to and daddy. For the next six weeks, carting them around to and tennis lessons (or whatever do these days. Ecstasy while a mechanic scours searching for a shock absorber for a ’91 LeMans hatchback.

In the RX300, isn’t a problem, as demonstrated by the that every single on Craigslist has between 220,000 and miles, even though the sign of wear is some dust.

You’re also very to find an RX300 in good That’s because not one RX300 was by someone on a shoestring budget who it was “cool,” since it definitively is Instead, they were all by wealthy people who spent two whenever the dealer asked

2. Cost. So you want a quality car for your kids. But you don’t to spend much on it, because not as if you’re buying it for somebody important, like yourself.

the RX300 is a masterful purchase. Not one of things is over ten grand, and of them are closer to six. And you may be able to get down to four if you’re willing to compromise on things like paint and total number of side

3. Safety. Let’s all agree we want our kids to be in an unsafe At this point, parents of children are nodding as they about how many airbags new minivan has, while of moody teenagers are thinking maybe I’ll take my

But I’m going to assume you want to your offspring. Once the Lexus is the right car. all had dual airbags, side and anti-lock brakes. Later also came with skid control, the function of is unknown except to calm parents. Being an SUV, it rides higher than a car, which improves This is important since primarily view rearview as a way to check their hair.


4. factor. This is where you really hit a home run. kid wants a BMW. You want him in a dependable car that won’t him. Buy him the RX300 and you both We already know it’s safe and reliable. If he ever it’s not cool, this is the to play the “Lexus SUV” You know the one: “Son, I you a Lexus SUV! Do you know I was driving when I was a kid? right, a horse and buggy! complaining about a Lexus I walked uphill in the snow…”

This is sure to shut him up, or just bore him until he complaining.

5. Practicality. Kids have lots of stuff. The RX has a area big enough to stow it, but not so big kids can use it to make you a grandparent. In my that may not stop them trying.

6. Performance. What The original RX300 used a of the spineless V6 that came out of the Camry. It produced 220 horsepower and 222 feet. And that was 14 years ago it was new. Assuming you’re to 200 horses now, you’re at 0-to-60 in nine seconds. like that Civic you considering. The lack of power reduces the rollover risk so common in SUVs. Believe me: tried.

There’s another benefit fuel economy. It’s not that good. Which assuming you make him pay for fuel, he be stuck at home most while his friends are getting and riding laundry baskets the stairs. Score one for mom and dad.

7. This is the part where nice to your kid. checked all of your own boxes, so now you can a few of his. Alloy wheels, seats, and a sunroof are on nearly RX300. Most of them had Some even had a reversing Sure, it ain’t a BMW. But it exactly a ‘91 LeMans, either.

Doug DeMuro operates He’s owned an E63 AMG wagon, across the US in a Lotus without air and posted a six-minute laptime on the de Monaco in a rented Ford One year after becoming Cars North America’s manager, he quit to become a His parents are very disappointed.



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