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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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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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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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The comfort machine by Nomad on 03/18/2008. Trim: 2006 Lexus RX 330 AWD, Owned 2 years.
Pros: This is our second Lexus. The first one was a 1997 ES 300. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Our RX has only increased the level of luxury we experienced from our first Lexus. The RX is a personel luxury SUV, not suited for a large family. For my wife and myself, it's perfect. Our RX has good power, good gas milage and great overall performance. We enjoy the AWD capabilty, especially living in Colorado. The ride is luxury car-like even with the 18" tires. We especially enjoy the Nav system, along with the back-up camera and the Bluetooth phone system. The seat heaters are especially inviting and necessary in cold weather climates. The styling is a benchmark for others to follow.
Cons: I wish the vehichle had a dual exhaust system on it.
Overall review: We have our RX going on two years this June, and I must say I have enjoyed every minute of our ownership. This vehicle is not suited for everyone and that is what makes it special. Comparably equipped with SUV's in the same class, the RX is a much better bargain. I highly recommend this vehicle to anyone whom may seek styling, performance, dependability and luxury all in one vehicle.
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