The 2004 Lexus RX 330 - too
luxurious to be a SUV
I come from the school that
says SUV means Sport Utility Vehicle -
small trucks that are meant to work for a
living, comfort is secondary. But that
was before the 2004 Lexus RX330 taunted me
with it's luxury. So much so that I felt
decadent behind the wheel.
Smooth driving and easy handling there is no
truck like feeling here. It's ride height is
comfortable, acceleration smooth. But that's
not what catches my eye. In true Lexus
spirit the RX 330 is full of amenities.
It takes opulence that one step further.
What can you get with the new
RX330? More like what do you want?
If safety and security is an issue you will
get more than just an airbag but a drivers
knee airbag, and side curtain airbags for both
the front and rear. Your tire pressure
will be monitored and even rain sensing wipers
are an option. One of the best items is
the back up camera to make us look like
parallel parking pros. This is just as
Lexus wanted - a vehicle that allows for worry
one of the best navigation systems out there
it reminds me of a movie quote: Where
ever you go- there you are. And
get there you will as the V6 Aluminum block
and heads produce approximately 230 horsepower
at 5,600rpm. Remarkably quiet even as
the pedal is pushed to the floor, a zero to
100km per hour speed is achieved in under
comfortable and roomy- enough to make this a
family wagon for the elite. Cargo
capacity is there for day to day duties.
Although I never did get to try its' off road
capabilities I am sure it would hold its' own.
A Vehicle Stability Control system added with
"all wheel drive" means comfort on mountains
complaint is the lack of colour. While
Lexus goes into great details to give
customers what they want somehow they believe
that SUV drivers like dull, boring shades such
as black, beige and gray. In fact all
the eight colours available for the exterior
of the RX 330 they are just different versions
of those three.
The 2004 Lexus
RX 330 is refined way of getting from point A
to point B and having a content commute in
between. With Lexus quality
control and their attention to detail you can
be comfortable inside and out.