The Lexus RX330 has reached iconic status in the North American market thanks to combining technology, comfort, utility and sport in a stylish package of a luxurious SUV. Keep reading for more.
The Lexus RX330 is a luxurious SUV that continued to thrive thanks to the original and best-selling version of the same car known as the RX300. This was one of the most popular models in Lexus’ lineup from the moment it was introduced in North America in 1998. The company undertook the redesign of the RX300 in 2004 and came up with an equally popular and properly made RX330, which can be said to have been a textbook definition of the word “improvement.” Features like a smooth drivetrain, forgiving ride and elevated seating position were the reasons for this, though the 330 was replaced by the RX350 in 2006. Here’s what you need to know about this second generation RX series SUV.
Adequate and Responsive Power
The engine bay of the RX330 is occupied by a much-touted 3.3-litre V6 that generates 223 horsepower and 238 lb.-ft. of torque, which is more than enough for a plethora of daily situations. A standard component of the drivetrain is also a five-speed automatic transmission, and you’ll typically be able to get a hold of a used RX330 with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. This combination ensures that you get all the sophistication and smoothness you’d expect a Lexus to provide. The engine generates plenty of both refinement and raw power, and it doesn’t take much effort for the transmission to handle it and put it on the road. Overall performance is solid and with slight body lean in the corners as a result of the luxurious intent of the 330.
Sporty & Youthful on the Inside
The RX’s luxury theme is kept obvious by a smart combination of rich wood and metallic-looking surfaces. Vital information is housed inside three round and chrome-rimmed gauges, and the audio/navigation system and climate control functions are situated in an angular centre pod tapering into an attractive centre console. If you’re looking to ensure maximum passenger comfort, keep in mind that the rear seat can slide, recline and is split 40/20/40. The RX330 also incorporates a power-liftgate as standard and has plenty of cargo space.
Lexus’ Idea of Standard Features
As always, Lexus gives a whole new meaning to the words “standard equipment” and the RX330 showcases that by incorporating such standard features as the previously mentioned power rear hatch, dual-zone automatic climate control, second-row seats that slide and recline, stability and traction control, as well as power-adjustable front seats. On the other hand, optional equipment is bundled into packages as it’s very extensive. Examples include one package that offers leather upholstery and sport-tuned air suspension, another includes 18-inch wheels and tires, while yet another incorporates a Mark Levinson audio system and a navigation system.
Despite having been replaced by the RX350 in 2006, the Lexus RX330 still remains one of the best luxury SUVs on the market, at least as a used vehicle. It is simply a stunning example of what a luxury crossover utility can really be thanks to plenty of unique features, a large interior and excellent performance. It can even be said that the RX330 is so good it gives even the latest competitors a surprising run for their money, which further proves just how much it stands out in a wildly competitive segment, as well as how otherworldly it must have been when it first saw the light of day in 2004.