Lexus RX Owners Manual (RX450h): Cargo and luggage

Take notice of the following information about storage precautions, cargo capacity and load.

Capacity and distribution

Cargo capacity depends on the total weight of the occupants.

(Cargo capacity) = (Total load capacity) - (Total weight of occupants)

Steps for Determining Correct Load Limit -

(1) Locate the statement "The combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed XXX kg or XXX lbs." on your vehicle's placard.
(2) Determine the combined weight of the driver and passengers that will be riding in your vehicle.
(3) Subtract the combined weight of the driver and passengers from XXX kg or XXX lbs.
(4) The resulting figure equals the available amount of cargo and luggage load capacity.
For example, if the "XXX" amount equals 1400 lbs. and there will be five 150 lb passengers in your vehicle, the amount of available cargo and luggage load capacity is 650 lbs. (1400  750 (5 x 150) = 650 lbs.)
(5) Determine the combined weight of luggage and cargo being loaded on the vehicle. That weight may not safely exceed the available cargo and luggage load capacity calculated in Step 4.
(6) If your vehicle will be towing a trailer, load from your trailer will be transferred to your vehicle. Consult this manual to determine how this reduces the available cargo and luggage load capacity of your vehicle.

Vehicles without towing package: Lexus does not recommend towing a trailer with your vehicle. Your vehicle is not designed for trailer towing.

Calculation formula for your vehicle

  1. Cargo capacity
  2. Total load capacity (vehicle capacity weight)

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When 2 people with the combined weight of A lb. (kg) are riding in your vehicle, which has a total load capacity (vehicle capacity weight) of B lb. (kg), the available amount of cargo and luggage load capacity will be C lb. (kg) as follows:

B*2 lb. (kg) - A*1 lb. (kg) = C*3 lb. (kg)

*1: A = Weight of people
*2: B = Total load capacity
*3: C = Available cargo and luggage load

In this condition, if 3 more passengers with the combined weight of D lb. (kg) get on, the available cargo and luggage load will be reduced E lb. (kg) as follows:

C lb. (kg) - D*4 lb. (kg) = E*5 lb. (kg)

*4: D = Additional weight of people
*5: E = Available cargo and luggage load

As shown in the example above, if the number of occupants increases, the cargo and luggage load will be reduced by an amount that equals the increased weight due to the additional occupants. In other words, if an increase in the number of occupants causes an excess of the total load capacity (combined weight of occupants plus cargo and luggage load), you must reduce the cargo and luggage on your vehicle.

WARNING

■ 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

WARNING

■ 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 luggage compartment whenever possible.
  • Do not stack cargo and luggage in the luggage compartment higher than the seatbacks.
  • 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 luggage compartment. It is not designed for passengers.

    They should ride in their seats with their seat belts properly 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
    • On the instrument panel
    • On the dashboard
  • Secure all items in the occupant compartment.

■ Capacity and distribution

  • Do not exceed the maximum axle weight rating or the total vehicle weight rating.
  • Even if the total load of occupant's weight and the cargo load is less than the total load capacity, do not apply the load unevenly. Improper loading may cause deterioration of steering or braking control which may cause death or serious injury.

■ Roof luggage carrier precautions Observe the following precautions:

  • Place the cargo so that its weight is distributed 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 carrier.
  • 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 control 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 vehicle now and then during the trip to make sure the cargo remains in its place.
  • Do not exceed 165 lb. (75 kg) cargo weight on the roof luggage carrier.

NOTICE

■ 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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