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RX330: An Unstable Deathtrap by Sean Glasgow on 02/15/2006. Trim: 2006 Lexus RX 330 FWD, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Extremely smooth ride (at the expense of handling). Competitive pricing. Toyota reliability. Comfortable front seats and ample rear leg room. Mark Levinson sound system is among the best on the market. Many available "wow factor" features like voice activated navigation and laser cruise control. This said, there are much better choices if you dont mind spending a bit more.
Cons: Sloppy handling and mushy suspension is a disaster waiting to happen. Brakes fail to halt the RX as quickly as others in this class. Thin roof pillars made of "mild" steel ensure that the RX will crush like a sardine can in a rollover. AWD is not standard, and the available system is rather primitive compared to 4-ETS and X-Drive. No rear side airbags or rear seatbelt pretensioners. No sensor to cut-off fuel, disconnect starter cable, unlock doors or turn on lights after impact. Seatbelts are anchored to the floor, which can adversely alter restraint geometry in a crash compared to a more expensive seat anchorage. Other safety/cost cutting measures too numerous to mention and hard to notice.
Overall review: I was in the market to replace a Volvo 850 as my main family hauler. Being concerned with safety, the ML, XC90 and X5 were obviously top choices. Ultimately the ML had the best mix of style, utility and performance along with legendary Mercedes safety. I decided to look at the RX out of curiosity. As a structural engineer, the first thing that caught my eye was its poorly designed structure and fragile roof architecture. I learned that Toyota's thin roof pillars are made of low carbon "mild" steel that barely meet 1971 federal strength requirement known as FMVSS 208. Mercedes voluntarily exceeds this requirement many times over (as do Volvo and BMW) by using thick, triple layer roof pillars and cross sections made of expensive high-strength/low-alloy HSLA steel. Mercedes also offers rear side airbags and seatbelt pretensioners whereas Lexus does not. These facts, and highly questionable handling ability, make the RX a poor choice for those concerned with safety more than reliability.
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Great SUV by Timmy from Portland on 12/11/2013. Trim: 2006 Lexus RX 330 AWD, Owned 7 years.
Pros: It's quiet. Still own it to this day and everything works fine at 120,000 miles. The styling is actually quit progressive though some don't see it that way. Plenty of space for you, your family, and dog.
Cons: I will agree that the car is bland and lacks the luster and excitement that comes with owning one of its competitors. The seats are plenty comfortable, although they might be tailored towards women more than men.
Overall review: Unlike what others have said in this comment section the car is very safe. 5 star crash test rating all around (which is the highest rating) and 4 out 5 in the rollever category (still more than adequate). This vehicle also comes WITH REAR PASSENGER AIRBAGS highlighted by governmental vehicular safety programs - Simply by typing in "Lexus RX330 side impact" on youtube you will see I'm right. There is a reason it's a top pick for many auto reviewers and it wouldn't be if it wasn't safe. A great car that gets the job done without gaining the attention that comes with owning a Mercedes or BMW. Cost of ownership is far less than other vehicles.
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Love this SUV by Karen from Aurora on 02/25/2009. Trim: 2006 Lexus RX 330 AWD, Owned 3 years.
Pros: Good styling, GPS works great, good fuel mileage, great on snowy roads.
Cons: Wish I had held out for the RX350 with just a little bit bigger engine.
Overall review: I've owned this car for three years and I still love it.
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Road Noise by An MSN Autos Consumer on 12/22/2008. Trim: 2006 Lexus RX 330 FWD, Owned 3 years.
Pros: Vehicle has great styling, handles well, and is very comfortable.
Cons: Makes me very mad abour how much road noise there is.
Overall review: Will not get another one.
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the best suv in the world by milos from florida on 02/08/2008. Trim: 2006 Lexus RX 330 AWD, Owned 1 year.
Pros: its a very nice car and very confortable, it run a lot, this car have a excellent acceleration this is the ideal car
Cons: its only for five people
Overall review: nothing
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