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Pros: Drive comfort, automatic steering wheel and seat positioning
Cons: Thinking that I would have to share this car with my wife
Advice: Drive the RX 330 last, and you'll make an easy decisionTest drove new TLs, 325xi, and absolutely fell in love with the RX 330. Did not get the navigation system, no big loss. Lexus knows how to improve a model and so far keep its customers coming back.
Pros: Exterior & interior design
Cons: Everything else
Advice: The RX is good for grocery shopping at the local storeIn my search for a SUV that performs well, I had read many good reviews on the RX330. The exterior and interior designs are superb. Driving the RX around the local roads was a pleasant ride and at times it felt like driving a car instead of a truck. I'd thought this was the one I've been looking for until I drove it on the expressway. Everything that was good about the RX on the local roads became pure evil at high speeds. The RX would zig when I wanted it to zag. It steered like a boat. You would have to anticipate the RX drifting on the road with about a 12 inch play in the steering wheel. This truck had no reserve power. It seems to spill its guts out at the 3k mark. Not fun at all. The RX330 is not for serious drivers and I'm still in the hunt.
Pros: Build quality
Cons: Drive train or exhaust noise.
Advice: At least test drive this vehicle before you drive ... I think you'll like it.This vehicle is without a doubt a notch above many of the other vehicles in it's category. Comfortable, quiet, and obvious build quality. Unfortunately Lexus seems to have a problem with either exhaust or drive train noise that is most noticeable on our car at around 60 mph. Our dealer (who, by the way, is excellent) had the car for about 4 days in an attempt to remedy the problem. However, even though somewhat improved, the noise still remains a problem. A second problem, a noticable shudder when shifting to 5th gear, still is also a problem. We live in the high country of Arizona where we encounter numerous elevation changes of from 1000 to 2000 feet. As the car up and down shifts (in cruise) it seems to always shudder as it goes into 5th gear. However, ignoring the above mentioned problems, this is one fine car with an excellent dealership network.
Pros: numerous airbags for family safety, does everything well, and it just looks so good
Cons: cup holders are too close together in console, floor mats are sub-standard, some rattles
Advice: my opinion, there is no reason to get FWD in this type of vehicle, get AWDWe first had to get used to applying a little more gas pedal to get this vehicle moving than we were used to. It isn't completely without its rattles and the floor mats appeared to below my idea of 'Lexus' standard. This vehicle does what you would expect it to do being a cross-over. Overall, this is an up-scale up-right, not up-tight stationwagon that will get the family moving around in great looking style.
Pros: Too soon to tell.
Cons: Either a local or national marketing decision to 'couple' the navigation package with the DVD rear entertainment system and backup camera. Can't get nav system solo
Advice: Take a long test driveThis is our third Lexus, interrupted only a brief and unfortunate interlude with a Volvo (don't go there). The RX 330 is a pleasure to drive and a pleasure to sit in. It handles like a car but with the lengthened chassis and innovative cargo area, is much more serviceable for a small, active family than its predecessor, the 300. I particularly like all the thoughtful Lexus touches - the moveable central console, the adjustable rear seats, and the power rear door.
Pros: Comfortable seats
Cons: No place to put coins
Advice: Get the power rear hatch. It may seem like a gimmick, but it's real handyWe had an RX 300 for 3 years and traded for a new RX330 4 weeks ago. It's a great vehicle. The seats are extremely comfortable and ride is smooth and stable. Handling is better than the 300 but it's a SUV not a sports car. Lexus has added a lot on thoughtful features, power rear hatch, pop up compartments for grocery bags, a great easy to read instrument panel and better controls. the only thing they forgot was a place to put coins.
Pros: Navigation system
Cons: Rain sensing wipers
Advice: The RX 330 is not for everyone. But if you are an empty nester or have a small family, this is about the best Lux SUV on the market.The 330s luxurious features, performance & handling, and overall quality are top-notch. This vehicle is a joy to own and drive. I was convinced that the 330 would be a winner so I ordered and received one of the first production models. I have not been disappointed one iota. In almost two months of driving, absolutely no problems to report.