Lexus RX 330

The second generation RX, called the RX 330 for the North American and Middle Eastern markets, began sales in March 2003. The North American-market cars were at the outset built in Japan, however production of the RX 330 started at Toyota's Cambridge, Ontario, Canada plant in September 2003. Granted, some North American RX 330 models are still made in Japan. The RX 330 is powered by a 3.3 L V6, producing 223 hp, and is available in either front or four wheel drive. Options also include AIRS air-suspension on the four-wheel drive models. The new model also sports a lower drag coefficient. The second-generation RX interior features Golden Bird's Eye Maple or Walnut wood trim, a sliding multi-level center storage console, dual-zone climate control, tilt steering column and eight airbags which would be invaluable to have in an accident. Available options include a 210-watt, 11-speaker Mark Levinson premium sound system, GPS navigation, rear seat DVD entertainment system with wireless headphones and a panoramic, multi-panel moonroof. A power rear door is standard. This impressive list of options is sure to allure drivers for at least a test drive. In North America, Europe, Oceania, and parts of Asia, the Lexus RX 330 is sold by Lexus, Toyota's luxury division, as the Lexus RX series, such as the RX 300, RX 330 and the RX 350. It is sold in Japan and was sold in Singapore as the Toyota Harrier. The RX first premiered in 1997 as a Lexus concept, followed several months later by debut of the production RX 300 models. In 2003, the second generation RX debuted in the U.S., and the redesigned RX 330 went on sale shortly after. In 2004, the RX line added the world's first luxury hybrid, the RX 400h, and the RX 330 was upgraded to the RX 350 for model year 2006.