Lexus RX 330 Review

This review is for the pre-owned Lexus RX 330 as this particular model was discontinued long ago, in a very distant 2006. It is a great four-door five-passenger vehicle with leather seating and wood trim and a bit of Lexus nostalgia: without the huge trademark spindle grille, you might not even immediately recognize this luxury RX. Overall, be it 2006 or 2019 we’ve always expected excellent craftsmanship, quality, comfort and well above average reliability and convenience from the brand. Now, let’s get started with the review. 

The Pros

  • Outstanding reliability
  • Cozy well-crafted cabin
  • Smooth sedan-like ride 

The Cons

  • Subpar handling
  • Two-row SUV
  • To qualify for the outstanding Lexus Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Program vehicle must be six model years old or newer with seventy or less thousand miles 

Lexus RX 330 Overview

Exterior of the Lexus RX 330

The RX line has been around for a very long time. One of the beloved models it has been gracing our roads with its upscale beauty for more than 20 years and is still going strong. The 330 was boosted to 350 somewhere during 2006-2007, when the exterior design started to transition into the bold aggressiveness that immediately identifies Lexus for us these days. Generally, the RX 330 is a good luxury crossover that combines sportiness, utility, comfort, and style. And the vehicle ages really well, you can definitely find the 330 in excellent condition.

The RX 330 still checks most of the “great SUV” related boxes. The only suggestion here is to the tech-savvy and design-obsessed: you might want to keep on looking. Everyone else will enjoy other things, like a very spacious cabin, comfortable seating and a superb ride. Furthermore, the 2006 RX 330 won’t set you back 60K, you can easily find it in excellent condition for about 8K or so.

There is a single available trim that comes with either AWD or FWD and a lot of outstanding additional options, like the Mark Levinson sound system or the sport-tuned air suspension. 

Exterior

Though you might not even recognize the Lexus in the  RX’s 330 exterior, back in the day it was the sleekest crossover on the road and its outstanding design was the main allure. A 2006 Car and Driver review described RX 330’s exterior as “for people who wear Prada and proud of it”. The RX 330 has a very small unpronounced grille, rounded jewel-like headlights, smooth dignified body lines. It does blend in with the traffic because a lot of different manufacturers have modeled their crossovers after the RX 330.    

Interior

The interior is dated. Apart from that, it is roomy, comfortable and very convenient. The 330 offers a high seating position, the capsule itself was boosted for the 330, and thus made taller, longer and wider. The driver’s seat is well equipped; everything is spaced comfortably and within reach on the control panel. The cabin uses luxury with the upscale wood and metal detailing, the color scheme is muted and very relaxing.  

Interior of the Lexus RX 330

Performance

The Lexus RX 330 runs on the 3.3-liter V6 that generated up to 223 hp. It is a 5-speed automatic that comes with either AWD or FWD. Performance-wise, assuming you will opt for the vehicle in a good condition; you can expect smooth and sophisticated cursing with admirable handling. 

Technology

Honestly, tech-wise this 2006 model is fine, there’s no cutting-edge technology, but, the RX 330 offers enough to feel comfortable behind the wheel: there’s voice-activated navigation system with a 7-inch touchscreen. It is equipped with a rear back-up camera display. Then there is the eight-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with the optional exemplary Mark Levinson sound system and an in-dash CD player. Furthermore, there are screens for the back seats with all of the controls and two sets of headphones. 

Value

The prices vary depending on the condition and mileage. For example, if we are looking at the vehicle in excellent condition you can purchase it from a private party for around 6 500 – 7500 and a dealer’s price would be somewhere around 9 000 USD. 

Seats

Lexus RX 330 is a five-seater. The 2006 RX 330 has great leather seating with wooden trim.  The front seats are power-adjustable with good lumbar support and heating. There is driver’s seat memory and 330 has a two-way power lumbar for the front passenger seat. 

Climate control

Lexus RX 330 has a dual-zone automatic climate control. 

Infotainment System

Lexus RX has the voice-activated navigation system with the screen comfortably placed right in the middle of the dashboard. None of the newest tech is available on the 2006 RX 330. 

Storage and Space

The RX 330 offers 38.3 cubic feet of cargo space and with the second-row seats folded flat it can be increased to 85. There’s more than enough space for storing personal items, with multiple glove compartments, shelves, back seat pockets and cup holders. 

Comfort

The RX 330 offers Lexus level of comfort. It is a cozy, well-built, convenient vehicle with plush seating and smooth enjoyable quality of the ride. 

Seat comfort

All of the seats are spacious, the front two offer additional lumbar support. The rear seat slides and reclines for maximum passenger comfort. The front  row driver seat benefits from 10-way power adjustment and the passenger has an 8-way adjustment.  

Interior of Lexus RX 330

Ride comfort

The RX 330 rides proudly like a Lexus. Comfort doesn’t dwindle in the city traffic, during long trips outside the city lines and even when off-roading. 

Quality

Most of the reviews state that there’s insufficient road noise. There is a bit of softness to the handling and just a tad of the body lean, but you will have adequate control and won’t feel like you are floating on the road.  When paired with the air suspension, the 18-inch wheel rubber offers a better grip, less body roll, and a more buttoned-down ride.   

Safety & Reliability

The NHTSA gave the RX 330 5 out of 5 stars for frontal-impact crash testing as well as the side-impact and 4 out of 5 for the front passenger. It was the “Best Pick” safety-wise within its class. 

Should I Buy the Lexus GS 300?

It is a solid choice if you are looking for a used upscale vehicle. 

How Much Does it cost? 

Up to 9 000 USD