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3-5. Opening, closing the windows and moon roof




: If  equipped

Opening and closing


Opens the moon roof


The moon roof stops slightly before the 
fully open position to reduce wind noise.
Press the switch again to fully open the 
moon roof.


Closes the moon roof



: Lightly press either side of the moon roof 

switch to stop the moon roof partway.

Tilting up and down


Tilts the moon roof up



Tilts the moon roof down



: Lightly press either side of the moon roof 

switch to stop the moon roof partway.

The moon roof can be operated when

The engine switch is in IGNITION ON 


Operating the moon roof after turning 

the engine off

The moon roof can be operated for approx-

imately 45 seconds after the engine switch 

is turned to ACCESSORY mode or turned 

off. It cannot, however, be operated once 

the driver’s door is opened.

Jam protection function

If an object is detected between the moon 

roof and the frame while the moon roof is 

closing or tilting down, travel is stopped and 

the moon roof opens slightly.


The sunshade can be opened and closed 

manually. However, the sunshade will open 

automatically when the moon roof is 


Door lock linked moon roof operation

The moon roof can be opened and 
closed using the mechanical key.





The moon roof can be opened and 

closed using the wireless remote con-




The alarm may be triggered if the alarm is 

set and the moon roof is closed using the 

door lock linked moon roof operation 

function. (



: These settings must be customized at 

any authorized Lexus retailer or Lexus 
authorized repairer, or any reliable 

When the moon roof does not close nor-


Perform the following procedure:

Moon roof


Use the overhead switches to open 
and close the moon roof and tilt it 
up and down.

Operating the moon roof


3-5. Opening, closing the windows and moon roof

If the moon roof closes but then re-opens 



Stop the vehicle.


Press and hold the “CLOSE” switch.


The moon roof will close, reopen and pause 
for approximately 10 seconds.


 Then it will 

close again, tilt up and pause for approxi-

mately 1 second. Finally, it will tilt down, 

open and close.


Check to make sure that the moon roof 

is completely closed and then release 

the switch.

If the moon roof tilts down but then tilts 

back up


Stop the vehicle.


Press and hold the “UP” switch



the moon roof moves into the tilt up 

position and stops.


Release the “UP” switch once and then 

press and hold the “UP” switch 


The moon roof will pause for 

approximately 10 seconds in the tilt up 


 Then it will adjust slightly and 

pause for approximately 1 second. 

Finally, it will tilt down, open and close.


Check to make sure that the moon roof 

is completely closed and then release 

the switch.


: If the switch is released at the incorrect 

time, the procedure will have to be per-
formed again from the beginning.


: If the switch is released after the above 

mentioned 10 second pause, automatic 
operation will be disabled. In that case, 
press and hold the “CLOSE” or “UP” 
switch, and the moon roof will tilt up and 
pause for approximately 1 second. Then 
it will tilt down, open and close. Check 
to make sure that the moon roof is com-
pletely closed and then release the 

If the moon roof does not fully close even 

after performing the above procedure cor-

rectly, have the vehicle inspected by any 

authorized Lexus retailer or Lexus author-

ized repairer, or any reliable repairer.

Moon roof open warning buzzer

A buzzer sounds and a message is shown 

on the multi-information display in the 

instrument cluster when the engine switch 

is turned off and the driver’s door is opened 

with the moon roof open.


Some functions can be customized. 




Observe the following precautions.

Failing to do so may cause death or seri-

ous injury.

Opening the moon roof

Do not allow any passengers to put 

their hands or heads outside the vehi-

cle while it is moving.

Do not sit on top of the moon roof.

Opening and closing the moon roof

The driver is responsible for moon roof 

opening and closing operations.

In order to prevent accidental opera-

tion, especially by a child, do not let a 

child operate the moon roof. It is possi-

ble for children and other passengers 

to have body parts caught in the moon 




3-5. Opening, closing the windows and moon roof




Check to make sure that all passen-

gers do not have any part of their body 

in a position where it could be caught 

when the moon roof is being operated.

When using the wireless remote con-

trol or mechanical key and operating 

the moon roof, operate the moon roof 

after checking to make sure that there 

is no possibility of any passenger hav-

ing any of their body parts caught in 

the moon roof. Also, do not let a child 

operate moon roof by the wireless 

remote control or mechanical key. It is 

possible for children and other passen-

gers to get caught in the moon roof.

When exiting the vehicle, turn the 

engine switch off, carry the key and 

exit the vehicle along with the child. 

There may be accidental operation, 

due to mischief, etc., that may possibly 

lead to an accident.

Jam protection function

Never use any part of your body to 

intentionally activate the jam protec-

tion function.

The jam protection function may not 

work if something gets caught just 

before the moon roof is fully closed. 

Also, the jam protection function is not 

designed to operate while the switch is 

being pressed. Take care so that your 

fingers, etc. do not get caught.


3-5. Opening, closing the windows and moon roof


: If  equipped

Opening and closing the elec-
tronic sunshade


Opens the electronic sunshade

Slide and hold the 

 switch backward. 

The electronic sunshade will fully open 



Closes the electronic sunshade

Slide and hold the 

 switch forward. The 

electronic sunshade will fully close auto-



: Quickly slide and release the 


in either direction to stop the electronic 
sunshade partway.

Tilting the panoramic moon roof up 
and down

Tilts the panoramic moon roof up 


When the panoramic moon roof is tilted 
up, the electronic sunshade will open to the 
half-open position of the roof.


: Lightly press the 

 switch again to 

stop the panoramic moon roof partway.

Tilts the panoramic moon roof down 
(press and hold)

The panoramic moon roof can be tilted 
down only when it is in the tilt-up position.

Opening and closing the pano-
ramic moon roof

Opens the panoramic moon roof


Slide and hold the 

 switch back-

ward. The panoramic moon roof and 
electronic sunshade will open auto-

The panoramic moon roof can be opened 
from the tilt-up position.


: Quickly slide and release the 


in either direction to stop the panoramic 
moon roof partway.

Panoramic moon roof


Use the overhead switches to oper-
ate the panoramic moon roof and 
electronic sunshade.

Operating the panoramic moon 



3-5. Opening, closing the windows and moon roof



Closes the panoramic moon roof

Slide and hold the 

 switch forward. 

The panoramic moon roof will fully 
close automatically.

The panoramic moon roof can be oper-

ated when

The engine switch is in IGNITION ON 


Operating the panoramic moon roof 

after turning the engine off

The panoramic moon roof and electronic 

sunshade can be operated for approxi-

mately 45 seconds after the engine switch 

is turned to ACCESSORY mode or turned 

off. They cannot, however, be operated 

once the driver’s door is opened.

Jam protection function

If an object is detected between the pano-

ramic moon roof and the frame in the fol-

lowing situations, travel is stopped and the 

panoramic moon roof opens slightly:

The panoramic moon roof is closing or 

tilting down.

The electronic sunshade is closing.

Door lock linked panoramic moon roof 


The panoramic moon roof can be 

opened and closed using the mechanical 




The panoramic moon roof can be 

opened and closed using the wireless 
remote control.





: These settings must be customized at 

any authorized Lexus retailer or Lexus 
authorized repairer, or any reliable 

Closing both the panoramic moon roof 

and electronic sunshade

Slide the 

 switch forward.

The electronic sunshade will close to the 

half-open position and pause. The pano-

ramic moon roof will then fully close. Then 

the electronic sunshade will fully close.

When the panoramic moon roof or elec-

tronic sunshade does not close normally

Perform the following procedure:


Stop the vehicle.


Turn the engine switch to IGNITION 

ON mode.


Slide and hold the 

 switch or 


switch forward. Continue pressing the 

switch for approximately 10 seconds 

after the panoramic moon roof or elec-

tronic sunshade closes and reopens. 

The panoramic moon roof and elec-
tronic sunshade will start to close.



Check that the panoramic moon roof 

and electronic sunshade are fully closed 

and release the switch.


: If the switch is released at the incorrect 

time, the procedure will have to be per-
formed again from the beginning.

If the panoramic moon roof or electronic 

sunshade does not fully close even after 

performing the above procedure correctly, 

have the vehicle inspected by any author-

ized Lexus retailer or Lexus authorized 


3-5. Opening, closing the windows and moon roof

repairer, or any reliable repairer.

Alarm (if equipped)

The alarm may be triggered if the alarm is 

set and the panoramic moon roof is closed 

using the door lock linked panoramic moon 

roof operation function. (


Panoramic moon roof open warning 


A buzzer sounds and a message is shown 

on the multi-information display in the 

instrument cluster when the engine switch 

is turned off and the driver’s door is opened 

with the panoramic moon roof open.


Some functions can be customized. 




Observe the following precautions.

Failing to do so may cause death or seri-

ous injury.

Opening and closing the electronic 


Check to make sure that all passen-

gers do not have any part of their body 

in a position where it could be caught 

when the electronic sunshade is being 


Do not let a child operate the elec-

tronic sunshade. Closing the elec-

tronic sunshade on someone can 

cause death or serious injury.

Opening and closing the panoramic 

moon roof

The driver is responsible for pano-

ramic moon roof opening and closing 

operations. In order to prevent acci-

dental operation, especially by a child, 

do not let a child operate the pano-

ramic moon roof. It is possible for chil-

dren and other passengers to have 

body parts caught in the panoramic 

moon roof.

Check to make sure that all passen-

gers do not have any part of their body 

in a position where it could be caught 

when the panoramic moon roof is 

being operated.

When using the wireless remote con-

trol or mechanical key and operating 

the panoramic moon roof, operate the 

panoramic moon roof after checking 

to make sure that there is no possibility 

of any passenger having any of their 

body parts caught in the panoramic 

moon roof. Also, do not let a child 

operate panoramic moon roof by the 

wireless remote control or mechanical 

key. It is possible for children and other 

passengers to get caught in the pano-

ramic moon roof.



3-5. Opening, closing the windows and moon roof




When exiting the vehicle, turn the 

engine switch off, carry the key and 

exit the vehicle along with the child. 

There may be accidental operation, 

due to mischief, etc., that may possibly 

lead to an accident.

Jam protection function

Never use any part of your body to 

intentionally activate the jam protec-

tion function.

The jam protection function may not 

work if something gets caught just 

before the panoramic moon roof or 

electronic sunshade is fully closed. 

Also, the jam protection function is not 

designed to operate while the switch is 

being pressed. Take care so that your 

fingers, etc. do not get caught.

To prevent burns or injuries

Do not touch the area between the 

underside of the panoramic moon roof 

and the electronic sunshade. Your hand 

may get caught and you could injure 

yourself. Also, if the vehicle is left in direct 

sunlight for a long time, the underside of 

the panoramic moon roof could become 

very hot and could cause burns.


To prevent damage to the panoramic 

moon roof

Before opening the panoramic moon 

roof, make sure that there are no for-

eign objects, such as stones or ice, 

around the opening.

Do not hit the surface or edge of the 

panoramic moon roof with hard 


Do not continuously press the 


switch after the panoramic moon roof 

has been fully opened or closed.

After the vehicle has been washed or 

rained on

Before opening the panoramic moon 

roof, wipe any water off the panoramic 

moon roof. Otherwise, water may enter 

the cabin when the panoramic moon roof 

is opened.







4-1. Before driving

Driving the vehicle....................


Cargo and luggage..................


Trailer towing (vehicles without 

towing package).....................


Trailer towing (RX300/RX350 

with towing package)...........


4-2. Driving procedures

Engine (ignition) switch ..........


Automatic transmission..........


Turn signal lever ........................


Parking brake .............................


Brake Hold...................................


4-3. Operating the lights and wipers

Headlight switch........................


AHS (Adaptive High-beam Sys-



AHB (Automatic High Beam)



Fog light switch ..........................


Windshield wipers and washer



Rear window wiper and washer



4-4. Refueling

Opening the fuel tank cap.....


4-5. Using the driving support sys-


Lexus Safety System + ............


PCS (Pre-Collision System)



LTA (Lane Tracing Assist) ......


RSA (Road Sign Assist) ..........


Dynamic radar cruise control with 

full-speed range .....................


Cruise control............................


Stop & Start system..................


BSM (Blind Spot Monitor)....


PKSA (Parking Support Alert)



Lexus parking assist-sensor



RCTA (Rear crossing traffic alert) 

function ......................................


PKSB (Parking Support Brake)



Parking Support Brake function 

(static objects)..........................


Parking Support Brake function 

(rear-crossing vehicles) ......


Driving mode select switch ...


All-wheel drive lock switch...


GPF (Gasoline Particulate Filter) 



Driving assist systems .............


4-6. Driving tips

Winter driving tips.....................


Utility vehicle precautions.....



4-1. Before driving

4-1.Before driving

Starting the engine




With the brake pedal depressed, 
shift the shift lever to D. (



Release the parking brake. 


If the parking brake is in automatic mode, 

the parking brake is released automatically 

when shifting the shift lever to any position 

other than P. (



Gradually release the brake pedal 
and gently depress the accelerator 
pedal to accelerate the vehicle.



With the shift lever in D, depress the 
brake pedal.

Vehicles with a Stop & Start system: If the 

Stop & Start system is enabled, depressing 

the brake pedal will stop the engine.


If necessary, set the parking brake. 


If the vehicle is to be stopped for an 

extended period of time, shift the shift lever 

to P or N. (


Parking the vehicle


With the shift lever in D, depress the 
brake pedal.


Set the parking brake (


and shift the shift lever to P 



Press the engine switch to stop the 


Lock the door, making sure that you 
have the electronic key on your 

If parking on a hill, block the wheels as 


Starting off on a steep uphill


With the brake pedal depressed, 
shift the shift lever to D. (



Pull the parking brake switch and 
parking brake is set manually. 



Release the brake pedal and gently 
depress the accelerator pedal to 
accelerate the vehicle.


Press the parking brake switch and 
parking brake is released manually.

When starting off on a uphill

The hill-start assist control will activate. 



Driving in the rain

Drive carefully when it is raining, because 

visibility will be reduced, the windows 

may become fogged-up, and the road 

will be slippery.

Drive carefully when it starts to rain, 

because the road surface will be espe-

cially slippery.

Refrain from high speeds when driving on 

an expressway in the rain, because there 

may be a layer of water between the tires 

and the road surface, preventing the 

steering and brakes from operating prop-


Driving the vehicle

The following procedures should be 
observed to ensure safe driving:

Driving procedure



4-1. Before driving


Engine speed while driving

In the following conditions, the engine 

speed may become high while driving. This 

is due to automatic up-shifting control or 

down-shifting implementation to meet driv-

ing conditions. It does not indicate sudden 


The vehicle is judged to be driving uphill 

or downhill

When the accelerator pedal is released

When the brake pedal is depressed while 

sport mode is selected

Restraining the engine output (Brake 

Override System)

When the accelerator and brake pedals 

are depressed at the same time, the 

engine output may be restrained.

A warning message is displayed on the 

multi-information display and head-up 

display (if equipped) while the system is 


Restraining sudden start (Drive-Start 


When the following unusual operation is 

performed, the engine output may be 


• When the shift lever is shifted from R to D, 

D to R, N to R, P to D, or P to R (D 

includes M) with the accelerator pedal 

depressed, a warning message appears 

on the multi-information display and 

head-up display (if equipped). If a warn-

ing message is shown on the multi-infor-

mation display and head-up display (if 

equipped), read the message and follow 

the instructions.

• When the accelerator pedal is depressed 

too much while the vehicle is in reverse.

While Drive-Start Control is being acti-

vated, your vehicle may have trouble 

escaping from the mud or fresh snow. In 

such case, deactivate TRC (

P.396) to 

cancel Drive-Start Control so that the 

vehicle may become able to escape from 

the mud or fresh snow.

Breaking in your new Lexus

To extend the life of the vehicle, observing 

the following precautions is recommended:

For the first 300 km (200 miles):

Avoid sudden stops.

For the first 800 km (500 miles):

Do not tow a trailer.

For the first 2000 km (1200 miles):

• Do not drive at extremely high speeds.

• Avoid sudden acceleration.

• Do not drive continuously in low gears.

• Do not drive at a constant speed for 

extended periods.

Operating your vehicle in a foreign 


Comply with the relevant vehicle registra-

tion laws and confirm the availability of the 

correct fuel. (


Idling time before engine stop (RX300)

To prevent damage to the turbocharger, 

allow the engine to idle immediately after 

high-load driving.

Eco-friendly driving


Driving condition

Idling time

Normal city driving or 
high-speed driving (at the 
highway speed limit or rec-
ommended speed)

Not neces-


Steep hill driving, continuous 
driving (race track driving 
etc.), or towing a trailer or 
another vehicle (vehicles with 
towing package)


mately 1 



Observe the following precautions.

Failure to do so may result in death or 

serious injury.


4-1. Before driving


When starting the vehicle

Always keep your foot on the brake 

pedal while stopped with the engine run-

ning. This prevents the vehicle from 


When driving the vehicle

Do not drive if you are unfamiliar with 

the location of the brake and accelera-

tor pedals to avoid depressing the 

wrong pedal.

• Accidentally depressing the accelera-

tor pedal instead of the brake pedal 

will result in sudden acceleration that 

may lead to an accident.

• When backing up, you may twist your 

body around, leading to a difficulty in 

operating the pedals. Make sure to 

operate the pedals properly.

• Make sure to keep a correct driving 

posture even when moving the vehicle 

only slightly. This allows you to depress 

the brake and accelerator pedals 


• Depress the brake pedal using your 

right foot. Depressing the brake pedal 

using your left foot may delay 

response in an emergency, resulting in 

an accident.

Do not drive the vehicle over or stop 

the vehicle near flammable materials.

The exhaust system and exhaust gases 

can be extremely hot. These hot parts 

may cause a fire if there is any flamma-

ble material nearby.

During normal driving, do not turn off 

the engine. Turning the engine off 

while driving will not cause loss of 

steering or braking control, but the 

power assist to these systems will be 

lost. This will make it more difficult to 

steer and brake, so you should pull 

over and stop the vehicle as soon as it 

is safe to do so.

However, in the event of an emer-

gency, such as if it becomes impossible 

to stop the vehicle in the normal way: 


Use engine braking (downshift) to 

maintain a safe speed when driving 

down a steep hill.

Using the brakes continuously may 

cause the brakes to overheat and lose 

effectiveness. (


Do not adjust the positions of the 

steering wheel, the seat, or the inside 

or outside rear view mirrors while driv-


Doing so may result in a loss of vehicle 


Always check that all passengers’ 

arms, heads or other parts of their 

body are not outside the vehicle.

AWD models: Do not drive the vehicle 


This is not an AWD vehicle designed 

for off-road driving. Proceed with all 

due caution if it becomes unavoidable 

to drive off-road.

Do not drive across a river or through 

other bodies of water.

This may cause electric/electronic 

components to short circuit, damage 

the engine or cause other serious 

damage to the vehicle.

When driving on slippery road sur-


Sudden braking, acceleration and 

steering may cause tire slippage and 

reduce your ability to control the vehi-




4-1. Before driving



Sudden acceleration, engine braking 

due to shifting, or changes in engine 

speed could cause the vehicle to skid.

After driving through a puddle, lightly 

depress the brake pedal to make sure 

that the brakes are functioning prop-

erly. Wet brake pads may prevent the 

brakes from functioning properly. If the 

brakes on only one side are wet and 

not functioning properly, steering con-

trol may be affected.

When shifting the shift lever

Do not let the vehicle roll backward 

while the shift lever is in a driving posi-

tion, or roll forward while the shift lever 

is in R.

Doing so may cause the engine to stall 

or lead to poor brake and steering 

performance, resulting in an accident 

or damage to the vehicle.

Do not shift the shift lever to P while 

the vehicle is moving.

Doing so can damage the transmission 

and may result in a loss of vehicle con-


Do not shift the shift lever to R while 

the vehicle is moving forward.

Doing so can damage the transmission 

and may result in a loss of vehicle con-


Do not shift the shift lever to a driving 

position while the vehicle is moving 


Doing so can damage the transmission 

and may result in a loss of vehicle con-


Shifting the shift lever to N while the 

vehicle is moving will disengage the 

engine. Engine braking is not available 

when N is selected.

Be careful not to shift the shift lever 

with the accelerator pedal depressed. 

Shifting the shift lever to any position 

other than P or N may lead to unex-

pected rapid acceleration of the vehi-

cle that may cause an accident and 

result in death or serious injury.

If you hear a squealing or scraping 

noise (brake pad wear indicators)

Have the brake pads checked and 

replaced by any authorized Lexus 

retailer or Lexus authorized repairer, or 

any reliable repairer as soon as possible.

Rotor damage may result if the pads are 

not replaced when needed.
Front brakes only: Moderate levels of 

brake pad and disc wear allow enhanced 

front braking power. As a result, the discs 

may wear more quickly than conven-

tional brake discs. Therefore, when 

replacing the brake pads, Lexus recom-

mends that you also have the thickness of 

the discs measured.
It is dangerous to drive the vehicle when 

the wear limits of the brake pads and/or 

those of the brake discs are exceeded.

When the vehicle is stopped

Do not race the engine.

If the shift lever is in any position other 

than P or N, the vehicle may acceler-

ate suddenly and unexpectedly, caus-

ing an accident.

In order to prevent accidents due to 

the vehicle rolling away, always keep 

depressing the brake pedal while the 

engine is running, and apply the park-

ing brake as necessary.

If the vehicle is stopped on an incline, 

in order to prevent accidents caused 

by the vehicle rolling forward or back-

ward, always depress the brake pedal 

and securely apply the parking brake 

as needed.


4-1. Before driving


Avoid revving or racing the engine.

Running the engine at high speed 

while the vehicle is stopped may cause 

the exhaust system to overheat, which 

could result in a fire if combustible 

material is nearby.

When the vehicle is parked

Do not leave glasses, cigarette lighters, 

spray cans, or soft drink cans in the 

vehicle when it is in the sun.

Doing so may result in the following:

• Gas may leak from a cigarette lighter 

or spray can, and may lead to a fire.

• The temperature inside the vehicle 

may cause the plastic lenses and plas-

tic material of glasses to deform or 


• Soft drink cans may fracture, causing 

the contents to spray over the interior 

of the vehicle, and may also cause a 

short circuit in the vehicle’s electrical 


Do not leave cigarette lighters in the 

vehicle. If a cigarette lighter is in a 

place such as the glove box or on the 

floor, it may be lit accidentally when 

luggage is loaded or the seat is 

adjusted, causing a fire.

Do not attach adhesive discs to the 

windshield or windows. Do not place 

containers such as air fresheners on 

the instrument panel or dashboard. 

Adhesive discs or containers may act 

as lenses, causing a fire in the vehicle.

Do not leave a door or window open if 

the curved glass is coated with a 

metallized film such as a silver-colored 

one. Reflected sunlight may cause the 

glass to act as a lens, causing a fire.

Always apply the parking brake, shift 

the shift lever to P, stop the engine and 

lock the vehicle.

Do not leave the vehicle unattended 

while the engine is running.

If the vehicle is parked with the shift 

lever in P but the parking brake is not 

set, the vehicle may start to move, pos-

sibly leading to an accident.

Do not touch the exhaust pipes while 

the engine is running or immediately 

after turning the engine off.

Doing so may cause burns.

When taking a nap in the vehicle

Always turn the engine off. Otherwise, if 

you accidentally move the shift lever or 

depress the accelerator pedal, this could 

cause an accident or fire due to engine 

overheating. Additionally, if the vehicle is 

parked in a poorly ventilated area, 

exhaust gases may collect and enter the 

vehicle, leading to death or a serious 

health hazard.

When braking

When the brakes are wet, drive more 


Braking distance increases when the 

brakes are wet, and this may cause one 

side of the vehicle to brake differently 

than the other side. Also, the parking 

brake may not securely hold the vehi-


If the brake booster device does not 

operate, do not follow other vehicles 

closely and avoid hills or sharp turns 

that require braking.

In this case, braking is still possible, but 

the brake pedal should be depressed 

more firmly than usual. Also, the brak-

ing distance will increase. Have your 

brakes fixed immediately.

Do not pump the brake pedal if the 

engine stalls.

Each push on the brake pedal uses up 

the reserve for the power-assisted 




4-1. Before driving



The brake system consists of 2 individ-

ual hydraulic systems; if one of the sys-

tems fails, the other will still operate. In 

this case, the brake pedal should be 

depressed more firmly than usual and 

the braking distance will increase. 

Have your brakes fixed immediately.

If the vehicle becomes stuck (AWD 


Do not spin the wheels excessively when 

any of the tires is up in the air, or the vehi-

cle is stuck in sand, mud, etc. This may 

damage the driveline components or 

propel the vehicle forward or backward, 

causing an accident.


When driving the vehicle

Do not depress the accelerator and 

brake pedals at the same time during 

driving, as this may restrain the engine 


Do not use the accelerator pedal or 

depress the accelerator and brake 

pedals at the same time to hold the 

vehicle on a hill.

When parking the vehicle

Always set the parking brake and shift 

the shift lever to P. Failure to do so may 

cause the vehicle to move or the vehicle 

may accelerate suddenly if the accelera-

tor pedal is accidentally depressed.

Avoiding damage to vehicle parts

Do not turn the steering wheel fully in 

either direction and hold it there for an 

extended period of time.

Doing so may damage the power 

steering motor.

When driving over bumps on the road, 

drive as slowly as possible to avoid 

damaging the wheels, underside of the 

vehicle, etc.

RX300: Make sure to idle the engine 

immediately after high-load driving. 

Stop the engine only after the 

turbocharger has cooled down.

Failure to do so may cause damage to 

the turbocharger.

If you get a flat tire while driving

A flat or damaged tire may cause the fol-

lowing situations. Hold the steering 

wheel firmly and gradually depress the 

brake pedal to slow down the vehicle.

It may be difficult to control your vehi-


The vehicle will make abnormal 

sounds or vibrations.

The vehicle will lean abnormally.

Information on what to do in case of a flat 

tire (

P.540, 551)

When encountering flooded roads

Do not drive on a road that has flooded 

after heavy rain etc. Doing so may cause 

the following serious damage to the vehi-


Engine stalling

Short in electrical components

Engine damage caused by water 


In the event that you drive on a flooded 

road and the vehicle is flooded, be sure 

to have any authorized Lexus retailer or 

Lexus authorized repairer, or any reliable 

repairer check the following:

Brake function

Changes in quantity and quality of oil 

and fluid used for the engine, transaxle, 

transfer (AWD models), rear differen-

tial (AWD models), etc.


4-1. Before driving


Lubricant condition for the propeller 

shaft (AWD models), bearings and 

suspension joints (where possible), 

and the function of all joints, bearings, 


Cargo and luggage

Take notice of the following infor-
mation about storage precautions, 
cargo capacity and load.


Things that must not be carried in the 

luggage compartment

The following things may cause a fire if 

loaded in the luggage compartment:

Receptacles containing gasoline

Aerosol cans

Storage precautions

Observe the following precautions.

Failure to do so may prevent the pedals 

from being depressed properly, may 

block the driver’s vision, or may result in 

items hitting the driver or passengers, 

possibly causing an accident.

Stow cargo and luggage in the lug-

gage compartment whenever possi-


Do not stack cargo and luggage in the 

luggage compartment higher than the 


When you fold down the rear seats, 

long items should not be placed 

directly behind the front seats.

Never allow anyone to ride in the lug-

gage compartment. It is not designed 

for passengers. They should ride in 

their seats with their seat belts prop-

erly fastened.

Do not place cargo or luggage in or on 

the following locations.

• At the feet of the driver

• On the front passenger or rear seats 

(when stacking items)

• On  the  luggage  cover



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• On the instrument panel

• On  the  dashboard

Secure all items in the occupant com-


Load and distribution

Do not overload your vehicle.

Do not apply loads unevenly.

Improper loading may cause deteriora-

tion of steering or braking control which 

may cause death or serious injury.

When using a roof luggage carrier 

(vehicles with roof rails)

Observe the following precautions: 

Place the cargo so that its weight is dis-

tributed evenly between the front and 

rear axles.

If loading long or wide cargo, never 

exceed the vehicle overall length or 

width. (


Before driving, make sure the cargo is 

securely fastened on the roof luggage 


Loading cargo on the roof luggage 

carrier will make the center of gravity 

of the vehicle higher. Avoid high 

speeds, sudden starts, sharp turns, 

sudden braking or abrupt maneuvers, 

otherwise it may result in loss of con-

trol or vehicle rollover due to failure to 

operate this vehicle correctly and 

result in death or serious injury.

If driving for a long distance, on rough 

roads, or at high speeds, stop the vehi-

cle now and then during the trip to 

make sure the cargo remains in its 


Do not exceed 75 kg (165 lb.) cargo 

weight on the roof luggage carrier.


When loading cargo (vehicles with a 

moon roof or panoramic moon roof)

Be careful not to scratch the surface of 

the moon roof or panoramic moon roof.








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