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 when- ever possible. Be sure all items are secured in place.
l Be careful to keep the vehicle level. Placing the weight as far forward as possible helps maintain vehicle balance.
l For better fuel economy, do not carry unnecessary weight.

- Roof luggage carrier (if equipped)

1 Roof rails

1 Roof rails
2 Cross rails

Adjusting the position of cross rails

Turn the knobs counterclock-

Turn the knobs counterclock- wise to release the cross rails.

Slide the cross rails to the

Slide the cross rails to the appropriate position for loading luggage and turn the knobs clockwise to tighten the cross rails securely.

Capacity and distribution

Cargo capacity depends on the total weight of the occupants.

(Cargo capacity) = (Total load capacity) — (Total weight of occu- pants)

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 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.

Example on your vehicle

1 Cargo capacity

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 1285 lb.

(580 kg), the available amount of cargo and luggage load capacity will be as follows:

1285 lb. — 366 lb. = 919 lb. (580 kg — 166 kg = 414 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 follows:

919 lb. — 388 lb. = 531 lb. (414 kg — 176 kg = 238 kg)

As shown in the above example, if the number of occupants increases, the cargo and luggage load equaling the combined weight of the occupants who got on later, by an amount. 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.

CAUTION

- Things that must not be carried in the luggage compartment
The following things may cause a fire if loaded in the luggage compartment.

l Receptacles containing gasoline
l Aerosol cans - Storage precautions
Observe the following precautions.

Failing to do so may result in death or serious injury.

l Stow cargo and luggage in the luggage compartment whenever possible.
l Do not stack anything in the luggage compartment higher than the seat- backs.

Such items may be thrown about and possibly injure people in the vehicle during sudden braking, sudden swerving or in an accident.

l Do not place cargo or luggage in or on the following locations as the items may 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.

• Driver’s feet
• Front passenger or rear seats (when stacking items)
• Instrument panel
• Dashboard
• Auxiliary box or tray that has no lid

l Secure all items in the occupant compartment, as they may shift and injure someone during sudden braking, sudden swerving or an accident.
l 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 prop- erly fastened. Otherwise, they are much more likely to suffer death or seri- ous injury, in the event of sudden braking, sudden swerving or an accident.

CAUTION

- Weight of the load
l Do not exceed the maximum axle weight rating or the total vehicle weight rating.
l 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
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.
l If loading long or wide cargo, never exceed the vehicle overall length or width.
l Before driving, make sure the cargo is securely fastened on the roof lug- gage carrier.
l Loading cargo on the roof luggage carrier will make the center of the vehicle gravity higher. Avoid high speeds, sudden starts, sharp turns, sud- den 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.
l 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.
l Do not exceed 154 lb. (70 kg) cargo weight on the roof luggage carrier.

CAUTION

- Cross rail adjustment
Make sure the cross rails are locked securely by pushing forward and rear- ward them.

Failure to do so may cause an accident or serious injury in the event of emergency braking or a collision.

NOTICE

- Cross rail adjustment
Do not remove the cross rail stoppers, or the moon roof may be damage when it is tilted.

- When loading the luggage
Be careful not to scratch the surface of the moon roof.

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