Cargo and luggage
Take notice of the following information about storage precautions, cargo capacity and load.
l Stow cargo and luggage in the luggage compartment whenever possible.
Be sure all items are secured in place.
Be careful to keep the vehicle level. Placing the weight as far forward as possible helps maintain vehicle balance.
For better fuel economy, do not carry unnecessary weight.
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 × 150) = 650
(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.
Example based on your vehicle
1. Cargo capacity.
2. Total load capacity.
When 2 people with the combined weight of 366 lb. (166 kg) are riding in your vehicle, which has a total load capacity of 825 lb. (370 kg), the available amount of cargo and luggage load capacity will be as follows: 825 lb. — 366 lb. = 459 lb. (370 kg —166 kg = 204 kg) In this condition, if 3 more passengers with the combined weight of 388 lb.
(176 kg) get on, the available cargo and luggage load will be reduced as
459 lb. — 388 lb. = 71 lb. (204 kg — 176 kg = 28 kg) 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.
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
Observe the following precautions.
Failure to do so may result in death or serious injury.
Stow cargo and luggage in the luggage compartment whenever possible.
Do not stack anything in the luggage compartment higher than the seatbacks.
Such items may be thrown about and possibly injure people in the vehicle in the event of sudden braking or in an accident.
Do not place cargo or luggage in or on the following locations as the items
get under the brake or accelerator pedal and prevent the pedals from being depressed properly, block the driver’s vision, or hit the driver or passengers, causing an accident:
• 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, as they may shift and injure
in the event of sudden braking, sudden swerving or an accident.
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.
Otherwise, they are much more likely to suffer death or serious bodily injury,
the event of sudden braking, sudden swerving or an accident.
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
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 To use the roof rails as a roof luggage carrier, you must fit the roof rails with two or
more genuine Lexus cross rails or their equivalent.
When you load cargo on the roof luggage carrier, observe the following:
l 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’s 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
vehicle higher. Avoid high speeds, sudden starts, sharp turns, sudden braking or abrupt maneuvers, otherwise the result may be a loss of control or vehicle rollover
due to failure to operate this vehicle correctly and result in death or serious injury.
If driving for long distances, on rough roads, or at high speeds, stop the
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.
When loading cargo
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