Before the RX 300, there was the 300. The Lexus RX 330 was a midsized luxury SUV, built to provide the robustness of America’s sturdiest trucks while maintaining the comfort and handling ability of most luxury sports cars. The 330 had an aggressive facade with its angled grille and rear roof pillar, exuding the aura of an unstoppable vehicle. Owners of the vehicle, on the other hand, came to love the extremely comfortable cabin and its enjoyable drive.
Prior to the inception of the 330, there was the Lexus RX 300. It was powered by a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine and a four-speed automatic transmission. It featured a generous interior space and gorgeous design along with exceptional handling. The 300 quickly became a top-selling luxury SUV in the United States. Not happy with an already best-selling and top-notch vehicle, Lexus decided to take it a step further.
2004-2009: The release of the Lexus RX 330
The RX 330 was a revamped and improved version of the RX 300. It was powered by a 230-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 engine and came with a five-speed automatic transmission. It was available in either a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive variation.
The RX 330 also included a 17-inch allow wheels, dynamic laser cruise control, adaptive front-lighting system, automatic wipers and an improved gas suspension system. The interior of the vehicle was equipped with leather seating, a power moon roof and a Mark Levinson audio system.
Safety features included an abundance of airbags like front airbags, front-row side airbags, side-curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag. Other safety features include a tire-pressure monitoring system and an electronic stability control.
2005: Thundercloud edition
A special “Thundercloud Edition” of the RX 330 was released in the United States. Only 6,500 of these vehicles were ever made. Special features included 18-inch alloy wheels, a chrome grill, a maple wood trim and Thundercloud badges. It came in two colors: the Thundercloud Metallic and the Thundercloud Flint Mica.
2009: Pebble beach edition
Another special edition of the RX 330 was released in the form of the “Pebble Beach” with only 6,000 units made. The vehicle came with 18-inch chrome wheels, a chrome grille, a color-keyed rear spoiler and Pebble Beach badges on the front fenders.
2010: The end of the RX 330 and the release of the Rx 350
Production of the Lexus RX 330 ended in 2009 to make way for a new generation midsize SUV, the Lexus RX 350.