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- 2 decades agoFavorite Answer
Think back to 1998. At that time, the norm for the entry-luxury
sport-utility class was a traditional body-on-frame truck with extra
appointments, in two- or four-wheel drive trim. Although such
vehicles had truck strengths, especially towing and off-road ability,
they also had truck drawbacks. Noise, vibration, and harshness
(NVH), ride and handling, space efficiency, and step-in height were
not necessarily pleasing to luxury car buyers.
Enter Lexus, with the RX300. When it debuted in 1998, the
Lexus RX300 was a revelation and a revolution in the mid-sized
luxury SUV class. Like many smaller ``crossover'' SUVs it was built
on a modified unit-construction car chassis, with front- or all-wheel
drive and fully-independent suspension for car-like NVH and ride
and handling characteristics. But it also had the cargo-carrying
ability, high-eyepoint driving position and good ground clearance
that made sport-utilities popular. If it wasn't capable of extreme off-
road travel and couldn't tow twice its weight, that didn't seem to
matter. About 370,000 RX300s were sold in the next five years and
the luxury crossover segment was created. As an added benefit for
anyone who really did need a luxury truck, the truck-based
competitors were forced to become more refined as well.
Five years is a long time, and, although RX300 sales remained
strong right into 2003, Lexus no longer has the field to itself. So, to
no one's surprise, the RX330 debuts for 2004. It is an obvious
evolution of the RX300, larger in size and power yet more efficient
and less expensive.
I've been driving a new RX330 for the past week, and it has been
interesting. In a class where vehicles can age as quickly as the latest
electronic gadget, the RX300 more than held its own. And so, with
its uniquely Lexus mix of comfort, convenience, and style, the
RX330 is likely to be its competition's worst nightmare.
APPEARANCE: If, as is likely, you can recognize an RX300, you'll
recognize the RX330. In shape and style it is an evolution of the
RX300. The 330 is noticeably longer, four inches in wheelbase and
six in length, and also slightly wider and higher. The result of the
size increase is, paradoxically, a leaner look from the chromed
trapezoidal waterfall grille to the browed backlight. Both the
triangularly-faired multi-element headlights and clear-covered
taillights borrow contemporary style from Lexus's IS300 sports
sedan. Slightly-raised bodywork instead of add-on lower cladding
imparts a clean, elegant look to the sides, and moderate flares on the
wheel arches continue the line of the plastic-clad bumpers. The
windshield and backlight of the RX300 were radically-sloped for an
SUV; the RX330's counterparts are even more so. The RX330 is a
two-box SUV, but with no slabs and no 90-degree angles, the boxes
are hard to see.
COMFORT: Inside as well as out, the RX330 builds on the style and
strengths of its predecessor. In the center of the instrument panel is a
prominent center stack, with the shift lever below allowing for space
between the dash and the console, just as in the RX300. But the
styling is more angular. The center stack trim and other interior
pieces are silvery plastic material for the contemporary sport look,
balanced for luxury by wood on the door handles and center
console. Instrumentation is complete, and backlit for easy visibility in
all lighting conditions. Attention to detail is a Lexus specialty, and
shows in the RX not only in the first-rate fit and finish but in details
like lighting for the front cupholders. There is more room inside the
RX330 than in the 300, especially in the rear seat and cargo area.
Hidden storage beneath the cargo floor adds security for small and
medium-sized items. The rear seat cushion is split 60/40, with the
back split 40/20/40 so passengers and long items like skis can to be
carried simultaneously. It folds completely flat when necessary. Each
side of the rear seat slides fore-and-aft, and the backs recline. There
is good headroom and serious legroom. The front buckets are as
comfortable and supportive as expected in a Lexus. And, of course,
a long list of option packages including DVD-based entertainment
and navigation systems and the Mark Levinson audiophile system
allow an RX330 to be outfitted to any desired level of opulence. One
item that is expected to be popular is the power-assisted tailgate,
which can be operated by hand or by the remote fob. My test vehicle
had that, and it is more than just a gimmick, although you'll still find
yourself with too few hands at times.
SAFETY: The Lexus RX330 is built with a strong safety cell around
the passenger compartment. Multi-stage front airbags are
supplemented by side and side curtain airbags and a driver's knee air
bag. The available ``Adaptive Front lighting System'' (AFS) swivels
the headlights for improved night-time visibility.
ROADABILITY: Increased chassis rigidity, a longer wheelbase, and
wider track improve the RX330's ride and handling over the
RX300's already-high levels. With its unibody construction and fully-
independent suspension, there is no truck in the RX330's ancestry.
Attention to aerodynamics and new sound-absorbing materials help
make it almost as quiet as a Lexus ES300 luxury sedan. The optional
air suspension, with which my test vehicle was equipped, allows
changes in ride height from 5.9 inches at rest for easy access to over
8 inches at low speeds for clearance when navigating difficult
driveways or moderate fire road use. Ride comfort, no surprise, is
excellent, and also unsurprisingly the RX330 corners like a tall car,
with less body roll than many other SUVs. The all-wheel drive
system normally splits torque evenly between the front and rear
axles, and uses electronic controls from the standard ``Vehicle
Stability Control'' (VSC) system to redistribute power fore-and-aft
and side-to-side when necessary.
PERFORMANCE: As can be told from the name, the RX330's V6
engine has grown to 3.3 liters. Like all Lexus engines, it is an
aluminum alloy, dual overhead camshaft, four-valve-per-cylinder
design. Its 230 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 242 horsepower at
3,600 rpm are up 10 hp and 20 lb-ft from the RX300. Electronic
throttle control and VVT-i variable valve timing help ensure quick
throttle response and good fuel economy at all engine speeds. A new
five-speed automatic transmission also helps performance and fuel
economy. I found it to work very well, and rarely took advantage of
the available manual shift mode except on steep, twisty roads.
CONCLUSIONS: Lexus keeps a step ahead of the competition with
its new 2004 RX330 sport-utility vehicle.Source(s): I work for Lexus
- 2 decades ago
The RX car department RX300 since 1998 starts, openning the all-new proper channel for the exercise sport utility vehicle market of the world, letting the people of this world experienced to exercise the features and space of the sport utility vehicle, blending astonishing potential that the quite and comfortable product of the luxurious building car has.Be experiencing successively 41 countries,total amounts over 390,000 sell the quantity, Lexus the Detroit car exhibition announces the RX330 in 2003, to continue the hegemony of the LSUV market.
The RX330 designs in the features up, flowing freely carriage lines,install an arch that the well-executed water tank protects the cover,the thick 曠 outside piece, plus to have the stability feeling very much,high recognize the car tail shape of sex, send forth the impression of the fashion and movement.Hang to hang in front and back to all pass by to re- adjust the school, the bedrock is rigid to also promote significantly, emerging to grasp the land productivity and dynamic state performance betterly.
RX330 of perfect, very difficult do not attract the public vision.The eagle eye type shape headlamp with large lengthways the grid a type water tank protects the cover with the sharp lines, combining the engine cover and the carriage waist line that the curve goes up, educating the comfortable and free vogue style.
An arch of the outside piece, tell to say that be filled with the charm of crude and uncivilized with such as new generation nobility of the power feeling, send forth the unruly character of the flair in the luxury, once being sped in freely all would and forest, the straightforward movement moment conversion of the RX330 is the energy of the imperial breeze, infusing into the dazzling charm for the city!
Big area deeply the light glass, at you need to get in touch with the horizon open lightly, and can depend on the one of your favour adjustment ray to project light upon the quantity.The more general skylight is 2.3 times to adopt the light area and 1.5 times openings areas, letting you even can follow one's inclinations of enjoy the blue sky or stars lovely view.
The tail door is dynamoelectric open the whole design is the RX330 abundant your diverse living principle of another an item posts the heart design;Car owner can through the appearance dish under it opens/the close tail a control key opens the whole tail door.More ability at your usual shopping or can't vacate the hands because of lifting the baggage, only needing to be controled from a distance through the key in the hand can immediately open the whole tail door automatically, lifting to let go Lee easily, the increment uses up of convenient sex.
The motive aspect, the RX330 adoptionses are all-new 3.3 rise the V6 engineses and five become the box from the row soon soon, can break out the biggest horsepower of 233 pses and 33.5 kilogramses.the biggest torque of the rice, the 0-60 mph acceleration function needs 7.8 only.Promote significantly in the motive function under, the RX330 oilses consume the still bright eye of the performance, and the waste gas exhausts more the standard of the super and low environmental protection car of reaching the ULEV.
The RX330 various main and passive and safe measure is rather perfect;Actively safe if the HID headlamp,respond type wiper,foetus presses to examine the caution,the vehicle dynamic state stability control system and puts on the brakes to control the system...Wait for.And when not predictable bump the shot accident occurrence, all-new GOA the bodywork structure of the RX330 can insure an existence space with biggest cabin, plusing to install 7 advanced SRS air sac system, driver a lap air sac is also the domestic head sees, striving for the gastight and safe protection level of attaining a drop of water.
The beginning that the all-new RX330 is developping, engineer namely with and have the luxurious building car comfort,quite with high performance for develop the object.The beginning that the RX330 is designing, have already considered namely how removes the breeze to slice the noise effectively, plus the optimization to install of soundproof and absorb the sound material,active type- powered feet to annoy the system with aggressively into the row, educate expressing with the quiet 肅 of the ES300 more or less equals.The RX330 even designs many comfort luxurious inside pack with the equipment, all without exception the top-class stereo set system,several type view view skylights of the Mark Levinson,dynamoelectric open the whole tail a system, and the tail door opens the au to return to 縮 of the baggage an activity separates the plank and descend the place type large conceal to place an innovation designs with many etc. of thing, advanced science and technology of the full display Lexus but show consideration to again,humanized design principle.