2005 Lexus RX 330 Review

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2005 Lexus RX 330

2005 Lexus RX 330

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Redesigned last year, among the many improvements to Lexus' midsize "crossover" sport-utility vehicle was a larger 3.3-liter V-6 engine, which prompted an update to the RX330 designation. This powerplant delivers a smooth 230 horsepower and drives either the front or all four wheels via a five-speed-automatic transmission. Larger than the version it replaced, with a more-aerodynamic exterior that's free of body cladding, the RX330 is both handsome and capable over a wide range of conditions (though its car-based underpinnings limit the vehicle's off-road abilities). Four-wheel-disc anti-lock power brakes with brake assist, and both stability and traction control are standard, along with front side, side curtain, and driver's-side knee airbags. An available adaptive lighting system aims the headlights in the direction of a curve for better visibility at night. A navigation system, laser-guided cruise control, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and a Mark Levinson premium audio system are optional. Minor changes only are in the works for 2005.


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November 1, 2016
2004 Lexus RX 330 4-Door SUV AWD

The Lexus RX330 most likely has the best combination of luxury and utility out of its grouping.

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After owning the car for over 10 years now, we have come across few minor issues and only one larger malfunction which was fixed. The body style has barely aged since 2004 and the interior, if taken care of... + More »
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