2006 Lexus RX 330/400h – Review – IntelliChoice

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Lexus RX 330

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From the 2005 issue of Automobile –

Lexus changed form and function forever it launched the original RX 300 in March merging car-derived mechanicals SUV ride height and versatility. in luxury features and aggressive and the pioneering RX was a game changer created the so-called crossover Introduced as a 2004 model, the RX has furthered the notion of affordable crossovers, growing incrementally in and raising the bar on refinement and content.

The Lexus built in North (with some units imported from Japan), the RX launched again as a one-flavor for all now with a 3.3L V-6 powerplant, of 2WD or AWD, and healthy roster of equipment. The options list buyers to select from the most premium SUV features on the giving the RX more technical For the 2006 model year, the RX the first vehicle line to a luxury hybrid variant.

And used this technology to not simply a fuel-efficient iteration, but to the RX 400h hybrid as the step-up with more content and just as Honda had done the Accord Hybrid. The 186.2-inch RX is in smooth, cladding-free bodywork.

Its decidedly Japanese shape luxury in the delicate attention to with the fine-lined grille, headlamps, and tasteful body with the rear evoking the 2005 IS SportCross and the GX 470. The RX is distinguished from the 330 by a revised front fascia, foglamps, LED and 18-inch aluminum wheels, in of the 17-inch fitment. The coefficient of is 0.35 on both models.

a gentle step up, entering the appointed RX cabin is relatively for a sport/ute. The instrument panel three prominent gauge adjacent to a striking center The design focus is the middle of the now with prominent vertical elements with integrated controls and slick reverse

Front and center is an available touch screen for a voice-activated system that can be coupled a rear back-up camera — both standard on the model. The RX comes with an AM/FM/CD stereo, with an Mark Levinson system with an in-dash CD changer, 11 and crisp, powerful sound

Comfort features abound, automatic dual-zone climate rear HVAC vents, wheel with audio HomeLink, and cruise control. The adds such items as moonroof, power tilt/telescope wheel, and driver memory Both iterations have sumptuous front bucket

The driver’s right leg does up against the center console, us wish the seats were an inch outboard. The driver from 10-way power and the passenger even has eight-way Naturally, the interior is upholstered in leather, with the RX330 in wood and the RX400h dressed aluminum trim.

The split seat is comfortable, with rake. The sloping roofline impede on headroom, as does the though the second row is hospitable. is good for outboard passengers, the middle rider having to the center console and driveline/exhaust

An available rear DVD entertainment stands out for offering a 110V to power video components or consoles. The rear seats forward, clicking positively in though they do not quite lay and some precious leather is to cargo. The standard power can be a welcomed convenience in harsh or when your hands are

The aft cargo floor is relatively but it does provide some storage, convenient for emergency The sloping rear glass hauling ability, but the RX still 38.4 cu ft of volume with the seats up, 84.7 with folded forward. Lexus and have both made moves in outfitting their with a generous complement of gear, as demonstrated by the RX.

Dual-stage airbags, front side front and rear curtain and driver’s knee bag help cushion impacts. The RX also tire pressure monitors, anti-lock brakes, daytime lights, and brake pedal to minimize leg injuries. Optional raises the safety margin, items such as rain-sensing high-intensity discharge headlamps, and Front-light System (AFS), swivels lamps based on and direction inputs.

The 400h introduces a new vehicle stability The RX 330 is powered by a 3.3L/230-hp V-6 with 242 of torque matched with a automatic transmission. Fitted Variable Valve Timing Intelligence (VVT-i), the powerplant is and smooth, capable of delivering 0-60-mph times.

The real excitement can be found in the drivetrain, where the 3.3L V-6 is by the latest version of Hybrid Drive bringing two electric generators to bear. The combined produces 268 horsepower, good for a 0-60-mph time, even it carries 500 more pounds the FWD RX 330.

Just as significant, the achieves a combined fuel rating of 29 mpg, which the average for compact sedans and the RX 330 AWD by 38 percent. At 31 mpg city, 27 highway, the shames other V-6 competitors delivering V-8-grade performance. At both RXs have a touch engine noise than with the Lexus sedans, that would not be noticed another brand’s badge on the

The RX 330 V-6 is strong and satisfying on the road, negligible difference between FWD and AWD Power is even stronger in the model, reinforced by a bit more feedback and exhaust growl. At song, the RX 400h sounds There are times where the aspect gives a slightly off due to the continuously variable transmission, revs rising out of synch experienced acceleration.

Superb on the highway, the RX 400h effortlessly at high speeds, only by some wind The regenerative brakes are touchy, sensitive modulation to minimize pitch during deceleration. brakes react quickly, not harshly, unless a rapid depression triggers the electronic distribution and brake assist to effectively drop anchor.

for this customer, the RX ride is comfortable and connected, with the isolation from the lux-tuned suspension. An available air suspension can refine the ride quality four selectable height and automatic leveling. Even so, is strictly a soft-roader.

The segment-defining RX 330 together polished road refined cabin, sport/ute and high style at a price that stacks up quite against Acura MDX. BMW X5. ML350, and Volkswagen Touareg. equipped in base form, the RX 330 can into the deep luxury with its generous options For those seeking even exclusivity and performance in a midsize the innovative RX 400h is in a class of

The combination of eight-cylinder-caliber performance, equipment, benchmark fuel and high technology give appeal to the RX 400h, itself the form of a laudable SUV line. As all hybrids, real-world mileage vary from the window In our experience, we saw 22 mpg in the hybrid and 20.6 mpg the RX 300, though all indications there should be a wider between the two.

Hybrid should temper expectations. As a IntelliChoice Best Overall winner, the RX has a history of Excellent and we expect this trend to A high-value luxury sport/ute the RX revels in refinement, performance, and What’s Hot

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