1998 Lexus RX 300
In the 1990s the midsize crossover didn't yet exist. If you wanted to haul around your family in something other than a minivan or station wagon, you probably bought a body-on-frame truck-based SUV. Yes, you could get a Honda CR-V or a Toyota RAV4, but neither of these crossovers was roomy enough for large families.
In 1998 Lexus unleashed the midsize RX 300, an entry-level luxury crossover that looked like nothing else on the road and rode on a heavily modified front-drive Camry platform. It was the perfect package—one that delivered carlike handling, respectable power, and excellent fuel economy. Back then, the design even looked a little radical compared with the trucky SUVs on the road.
An original RX 300 doesn't look dated or out of place on today's streets. That's because 15 years later most manufacturers are using the RX 300's formula. The Toyota Highlander, Acura MDX, Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Murano, Ford Edge, and Dodge Journey are all modern examples of crossovers built on front-drive midsize platforms.