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

MODEL TOWING CAPACITY (UNBRAKED) TOWING CAPACITY (BRAKED) MAXIMUM NOSE WEIGHT 
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    

towing

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.

13 comments

  1. Hi, why the towing capacity for RX 450hL not mentioned here? Does it mean that it is not capable of towing?

  2. Hi there
    Could you please let me know if I can tow a caravan with RXL-H 2021, I just booked one and will be getting in 2/3 weeks time. Appreciate your reply

    1. Hello Ahmad,
      Thank you for getting in touch/
      Unfortunately, the RX L 450h is not homologated to tow any load.
      Thanks.

    1. Hello Bill,
      Thank you for getting in touch with us.
      Please provide the vehicle registration so we can look into this for you.
      Thanks.

    1. Hello Gavin,
      Thank you for getting in touch with us.
      This is because the RX 450h L is not homologated to tow in the UK.
      Thanks.

      1. Shame. Need to be able to tow and need that space and 7 seats. Reason I sold my RX 450h and bought a Discovery. Was hoping to go back to a Lexus.

    1. Hello Joan,
      Caravans come in various weights and the owners manual gives guidance on the maximum allowed limit for this model from factory.
      We would recommend discussing accessory tow bar fitting details with your local Lexus Centre.
      Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.
      Thanks.

  3. Hi I’m due to take delivery of a RX450h tukumi.
    Can you please confirm it’s ability to tow a caravan. I’ve just read a RX-L 450 is not able to do so.

    1. Hello Colin,
      The RX 450h is homologated to tow.
      The unbraked towing capacity is 750kg and the braked towing capacity is 2,000kg.
      Please let us know if you have any further questions.
      Thanks.

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