Lexus RX330 2005 Review: Price, Common Problems, Thundercloud Edition, Performance, Interior, Specifications & More

Check out Naijauto exclusive review of Lexus RX330 2005 for its price, common problems, Thundercloud Edition, performance, interior, specifications & more.

1. Lexus RX330 2005: an Introduction

Led by “Relentless Pursuit of Perfection,” Lexus give its RX300 a complete makeover for 2004. As such, the huge sale success in the Lexus lineup received an array of radical improvements including a more aggressive 3.3-littre V6 and an ensuing name: RX330.

The Lexus RX330 2005 side view

The Lexus RX330 2005 

As the first-generation RX’s styling was considered lacking the necessary boldness, Lexus stylists have given Lexus RX330 a sharper looking grille and rearmost roof pillar, which bring a more visual attitude. At the same time, with the engine receiving more power, backseat room being expanded, fresh high-tech features being added and handling being made tighter, the RX330 has been significantly improved from inside and out. Having said that, the Lexus team were cautious to retain the long-loved features such as a smooth drive, a gorgeous cabin, exceptional built quality, a peaceful performance on the road and a formidable reputation for reliability.

2005 LEXUS RX330 Las Vegas, Henderson, St. George, Cedar City, Summerlin, NV HDT1667A

The Lexus RX330 2005 has brought bolder styling, more luxury features, more space and more power to Lexus’s much loved mid-sized luxury sporty utility vehicle lineup.

2. Lexus RX330 2005 Specifications

 Engine  3.3L Gas V6
 Horsepower  230 @ 5600 RPM
 Torque  242 @ 3600 RPM
 Drivetrain  Four Wheel Drive
 Transmission  5 speed  Automatic w/OD
 Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx  19.2 gal
 Engine  3.3L Gas V6
 Transmission  5 speed  Automatic w/OD
 EPA Fuel Economy Est (MPG)  City: 18 / Hwy: 24
 Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)  37.4
 Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)  40.0
 Wheelbase (in)  106.9
 Length, Overall (in)  186.2
 Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)  72.6
 Height, Overall (in)  66.1
 Track Width, Front (in)  62.0
 Track Width, Rear (in)  61.2
 Min Ground Clearance (in)  7.48


 Passenger Capacity 5
 Front Head Room (in) 39.4

 Front Leg Room (in)


 Front Shoulder Room (in)

 Front Hip Room (in) 55.6
 Second Head Room (in) 38.6
 Second Leg Room (in) 36.4
 Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.1
 Second Hip Room (in) 55.1
  • Air Conditioning-Auto Climate Control
  • Air Conditioning-Front
  • Air Conditioning-Multi-Zone
  • Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Keyless Entry
  • Max Seating Capacity: 5
  • Mirror(s)-Power
  • Mirrors-Vanity-Driver
  • Mirrors-Vanity-Driver Illumination
  • Mirrors-Vanity-Passenger
  • Mirrors-Vanity-Passenger Illumination
  • Power Locks
  • Reading Lamps-Front
  • Seat-Adjustable Lumbar-Driver
  • Seat-Power Driver
  • Seat-Power Passenger
  • Seat-Rear Pass-Through
  • Seats-Front Bucket
  • Steering Wheel-Adjustable
  • Steering Wheel-Audio Controls
  • Steering Wheel-Leather
  • Steering-Power
  • Trip Computer
  • Trunk-Release-Remote
  • Universal Garage Door Opener
  • Windows-Power

3. Lexus RX330 2005 Performance

The Lexus RX330 2005 won’t disappoint a Lexus fan when it comes to driving experience, as it delivers all the Lexus hallmarks such as the smoothness and sophistication. Despite the occasional moments of confusion while dealing with the five-speed, the overall performance is very firm.

The Lexus RX330 2005 in motion

The Lexus RX330 2005 delivers all the Lexus hallmarks such as the smoothness and sophistication

Sharing many features with the Toyota Camry platform, the Lexus RX330 2005 is powered by a V6. With 3.3 liters, the Lexus RX330 2005’s engine is able to yield up to 230 hp and 242 lb-ft of torque, 10 hp and 20 lb-ft over those on the previous models. The more sturdy torque is comfortably controlled by the 5-speed automatic transmission, giving the Lexus RX330 2005 more energetic merging and overtaking ability. The Lexus RX330 2005 is offered in front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Pitifully, its 3,500-pound towing capacity is retained and seems insufficient for a truck-based SUVs.

the Lexus RX330 2005 under the hood

Sharing many features with the Toyota Camry platform, the Lexus RX330 2005 is powered by a V6. With 3.3 liters

The Lexus RX330 2005’s maneuverability remains refined and tranquil as its predecessor, but more athletic. Significantly stronger acceleration is felt, and the handling is much tighter if the car is armed with the air suspension. However, the RX was not such an engaging drive as some other Japanese rivals which offer exceptional feel on the steering wheel and excellent response.

The Lexus RX330 2005

The Lexus RX330 2005’s maneuverability remains refined and tranquil as its predecessor, but more athletic

Those who see driving is more of an excitement rather than a daily task should know that Lexus RX330 2005 is not made enough to be an SUV with a sport sedan attributes. So if you are seeking thrills behind the steering wheel, you should better opt for some other cars that trade off sensible features such as cargo and passenger space for a sportier ride. But for the larger majority of tokunbo luxury SUV buyers who just looking for a hassle-free and comfortable driving experience, the Lexus RX330 2005 is unrivaled.

4. Lexus RX330 2005 Interior

the Lexus RX330 2005 from the fron seat row

From the inside, the Lexus RX330 2005 features chrome-bordered gauges providing essential information

the Lexus RX330 2005 dashboard

The Lexus RX330 2005 dashboard

From the inside, the Lexus RX330 2005 features chrome-bordered gauges providing essential information. Tapering into the eye-catching center console is an angular center pod housing climate controls and audio-navigation system. The Lexus RX330 2005 is interior is dominant by faux metal surfaces in combination with rich wood detail which brings it a luxury theme. A companying its sleek interior is a youthful, sporty cabin. Rear passengers will feel comfortable with a 40/20/40-split rear seat which is able to recline and slide for maximum comfort even on long journeys. In the back, the Lexus RX330 2005 offers 38.3 cubic feet of luggage bay, and an additional 85 cubes once the seats are folded down. Powered liftgate also comes standard.  

The Lexus RX330 2005 front seat row

The Lexus RX330 2005 front seat row

The Lexus RX330 2005 luggage bay

The Lexus RX330 2005 offers 38.3 cubic feet of luggage bay

5. Lexus RX330 Model

The Lexus RX330 2005 is offered in a single model with 2 engine options of front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Standard luxury features are added, including the anticipated automatic climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels and a CD player. Retaining the popular features such as the handy navigation system, powered moonroof and leather seats, the Lexus RX330 2005 gets additional adaptable headlights, adaptable cruise control, adjustable air suspension, a backup camera, an advanced Mark Levinson audio system, and a DVD entertainment system.

Users were also better protected with a tire-pressure monitor, a driver knee airbag, side curtain airbag and a larger side airbag.

The Lexus RX330 2005 cabin

Accompanying its sleek interior is a youthful, sporty cabin

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6. Lexus RX330 2005 Thundercloud Edition

The Lexus RX330 2005 Thundercloud Edition was introduced for the U.S market. It receives attractive aesthetical revisions, featuring chrome horizontal slats, exclusive black wood trim dubbed Bird’s Eye Maple, a set of 5-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels, carpeted floor mats, and highlighted by Thundercloud badges. Lexus RX330 2005 Thundercloud is offered in two exterior colors including Thundercloud Metallic and Thundercloud Flint Mica. Please see the picture below for the comparison of Lexus RX330 2005 and Lexus RX330 2005 Thundercloud Edition.

Lexus RX330 2005Lexus RX330 2005 Thundercloud Edition

Lexus RX330 2005 vs. Lexus RX330 2005 Thundercloud Edition

7. Lexus RX330 2005 for Sale

The Lexus RX330 2005 is among the most sought-after models by Nigerian tokunbo car buyers. Below is Naijauto advice on what look for before reaching your purchase decision.

8. Lexus RX330 2005 Problems

The Lexus RX330 2005 boasts very high build quality so few troubles are reported, but its machines are quite complex ones and we strongly recommend you have a professional look on the one you are going to buy after you have your own careful inspection. Even though the Lexus RX330 2005 is rarely used for off-roading, you should check for any signs of it under the sill panels, on the bumper corners, and any scratches on the doors. If there is any, unless the price is good, we suggest you look at another RX330 instead.

If the mileage is high, do look for a smoking exhaust, especially when the engine is put under hard work. Do hard acceleration to check the automatic transmission. And as the look over the boot and interior to see if the car was a taxi.

From the outside, if the paint is faded then the car might not be kept in the garage very often, which can hurt not only the interior but also the body.

Also, please consult the latest fair market price for the Lexus RX330 2015 and its siblings from the Lexus RX lineup below.

9. Lexus RX330 2005 Price

Please refer to the below table for the Lexus RX330 2005 price in Nigeria. We also provide prices of other model years for your further information and consideration.

Lexus RX330 2005 Price List  
Model year Price
RX300 1999 - 2003 N1.7 million - N2.1 million
RX330 2004 – 2006 N3.5 million – N4.5 million
RX350 2007 – 2009 N5.5 million – N7 million

10. Lexus RX330 2005 Pros & Cons

Take all of the above discussion into consideration, following are the brief Lexus RX330 2005 pros and cons:

 Pros  Cons
  • Sedan-feel rides
  • A lot of high-tech features
  • Known reliability
  • Well-appointed interior
  • Not very powerful when compared with some rivals
  • Soft rides offer just sufficient handling at corners
  • No third-row seating option

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