What are the towing capabilities of the latest Lexus models?

What are the towing capabilities of the latest Lexus models? This is a question frequently asked at Lexus centres and through our busy social media platforms, and it is coming up more regularly as families plan staycation holidays.

The following table lists all new Lexus models currently on sale and their maximum applicable figures. The blank spaces represent models that have either not been engineered to tow or are not homologated to do so in the United Kingdom. In these cases, luggage carrying capacity can always be increased with official Lexus touring accessories.

Lexus towing capacities

CT 200h       
UX 250h (all models)  750kg  750kg  75kg 
UX 300e       
IS 300h  750kg  750kg  75kg 
NX 300h (FWD)  650kg  650kg  30kg 
NX 300h (AWD)  750kg  1,500kg  60kg 
ES 300h       
RC 300h       
RC F       
RX 450h  750kg  2,000kg  80kg 
RX 450h L   
LC 500h       
LC 500       
LC 500 Convertible       
LS 500h       


What is the difference between braked and unbraked trailers?

Most larger trailers and caravans feature an integrated braking system that is activated through a mechanical link from the tow bar. This means that when the tow car brakes, the inertia of this force prompts the application of what is known as the ‘overrun brakes,’ which are installed to reduce the brake effort carried out by the tow car. Smaller, lighter trailers with no integrated braking system are called ‘unbraked’ and are entirely free-wheeling. These trailers therefore rely on the tow car to carry out all the brake effort.

Why is nose weight important?

Nose weight refers to the maximum vertical load that is exerted on the tow bar by the attached trailer or caravan (this also applies to tow bar-mounted cycle carriers). This figure is established by Lexus in order to maintain a safe level of traction and steering through the front wheels.

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