The RX330 is one of the most well-rounded upscale SUVs going. It balances a refined powertrain and comfortable ride with well-planned details and a very quiet interior. Compared with its predecessor, the RX330 is quicker and quieter. It also provides better braking and handling.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Easy acceleration and responsive handling."

RYAN T., CA (2006 Lexus RX)

"It is too big to handle and I find it difficult to see around the outside mirrors."

Anonymous, VA (2006 Lexus RX)

"surprisingly peppy off the line for an SUV and has solid handling. Its my ski car and is excellent in snow."

Anonymous, WA (2006 Lexus RX)

"Hesitates when accelerating after slowing down, such as to turn a corner."

R J., AR (2006 Lexus RX)

"Power is good, however a firmer suspension would provide better handling."

Anonymous, BC (2006 Lexus RX)

"Great acceleration which helps with the highway driving with the merging on to the highways and lane changing"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Lexus RX)

"It drives well for an SUV"

John F., PA (2006 Lexus RX)

"It is an old car, but is still very nippy and solid. Great engine."

Martin B., AZ (2006 Lexus RX)

"Responsive"

William R., CA (2006 Lexus RX)

"Acceleration and handling are superb."

Anonymous, WA (2006 Lexus RX)

"Handling and braking is excellent and has saved me from several high speed accidents on the highway."

Anonymous, FL (2006 Lexus RX)

"Comfortable. Good acceleration for an SUV particularly when in B mode for battery assist."

John M., MA (2006 Lexus RX)

"Reliability"

Walter G., TX (2006 Lexus RX)

"Love this car! Everything works and has worked well even though it is 12 years old. Car has only needed routine maintenance."

P T., GA (2006 Lexus RX)

"very good driving experience"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Lexus RX)

"Very responsive"

Eugenia F., AZ (2006 Lexus RX)

"Never measured the timing but it has great pickup speed."

J G., AB (2006 Lexus RX)

"smooth, firm in cornering, good steering feedback, great transition from two wheel drive to four wheel drive"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Lexus RX)

"acceleration for passing is very good at all speeds handling is predictable four wheel drive has never got stuck in snow"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Lexus RX)

"Great acceleration."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX)

"The acceleration and handling in my RX hybrid are both outstanding. The power is there when I need it. I am completely satisfied with the Lexus hybrid system in the RX SUVs and would not hesitate to buy another."

Richard C., VA (2006 Lexus RX)

"always there when you need it"

David G., ID (2006 Lexus RX)

"As a geriatric driver, I am pleased to say my vehicle accelerates when I need it, is very reliable, and except for a dead battery has always been reliable."

Barbara M., NV (2006 Lexus RX)

"2 motors, electric and gas, and they combine for acceleration. Give it premium fuel. Monitor the tire pressures. Does pulse heavily on braking, which you get use to. Responds very well to the steering wheel, agile and quick."

Dale S., CO (2006 Lexus RX)

"Still excellent acceleration, the drive has not degraded in 12 years."

Anonymous, OR (2006 Lexus RX)

"The side mirrors have the worst blind spot of any car I have driven."

Cheryl S., AL (2006 Lexus RX)

"Tis SUV accelerates nicely and the steering is responsive."

Anonymous, MO (2006 Lexus RX)

"I feel safe in all kinds of weather."

S W., WA (2006 Lexus RX)

"The acceleration is reasonable. I like the handling."

James M., MA (2006 Lexus RX)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"quiet smooth ride"

JOE A., CA (2006 Lexus RX)

"seams in driver seat hurts my backside after some time"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Lexus RX)

"Extremely comfortable are the seats, air conditioning/heating, very quiet ride. Love it."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX)

"Dashboard is cracked and sticky. Lexus dealer will replace the entire dashboard when my part is available but they are handmade? Have been waiting for over a year for my phone call telling me to bring my car in for repair work. I hope I live long enough to see the work completed."

LEE C., FL (2006 Lexus RX)

"the comfort and ride is just as good as when it was new. the lack of failures exceeded my expertations."

Anonymous, ON (2006 Lexus RX)

"A well appointed car"

Walter G., TX (2006 Lexus RX)

"The noise is very low and the ride is tops for a cuv"

Brad S., KS (2006 Lexus RX)

"The best ride of any SUV that I have ever driven."

Jeffery O., FL (2006 Lexus RX)

"They have a high reliability factor"

William R., CA (2006 Lexus RX)

"quiet, comfortable, secure ride. But, humdrum."

Martin N., MB (2006 Lexus RX)

"Smooth ride, CVT helps. pretty quiet, nice seats."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX)

"I like driving my RX. It fits me and I'm very comfortable, even on long drives."

Jim R., WA (2006 Lexus RX)

"The quality of the leather seats has stood the test of time. They are still comfortable on long trips. The cabin is also very quiet."

Anonymous, WA (2006 Lexus RX)

"All very good"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX)

"Like they are heated only seats. More comfortable than having with A/C built in as well."

Susan E., TX (2006 Lexus RX)

"Instrument panel could be improved"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Lexus RX)

"Ride"

Brad S., KS (2006 Lexus RX)

"Leather seats wear well."

Philip K., NM (2006 Lexus RX)

"Very comfortable and quiet even though it is 13 years old. Very good ride but a little to much body lean when driving mountain roads."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX)

"Seats are very comfortable and easy to adjust."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX)

"Front seat comfort very good; back seats good. Relatively quiet ride, even on Tennessee roads. More comfortable ride than my Toyota Camry Hybrid."

Norman L., TN (2006 Lexus RX)

"It is quiet. Seats re heated and wear well, the ride has been great but is not the same as new. We sometimes pull a small trailer with this car"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Lexus RX)

"armchair comfort"

Malcolm D., CA (2006 Lexus RX)

"All great"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Lexus RX)

"Excellent comfort, smooth ride, comfortable seats."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX)

"Sets have electronic controls to move up, down forward and backward. Also up and down. Also has memory so if seat is moved, I can recslly my settings."

Anonymous, HI (2006 Lexus RX)

"Very comfortable and quiet"

Eugenia F., AZ (2006 Lexus RX)

"This vehicle is so comfortable. I can drive long distances and not get tired. It is quiet and the suspension is amazing (smooth ride)"

Evelyn M., CA (2006 Lexus RX)

"The Lexus is a well appointed comfortable luxury car. The ride is excellent and quiet. The seats are very comfortable. I enjoy driving it"

James M., MA (2006 Lexus RX)

"Needs thigh support"

Anonymous, QC (2006 Lexus RX)

"Although the seats are leather, they are not all that comfortable, especially on long trips. Seat heaters are good, but overall they feel hard."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX)

"On long trips, the seats are uncomfortable in terms of back support. Noise level is okay, but there is increasing wind noise as the vehicle ages. The ride is comfortable."

Anonymous, VA (2006 Lexus RX)

"quiet,many setting for seat position,"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Lexus RX)

"Seats are comfortable on long rides. Easily adjustable, has 2 seat position settings that can be saved and automatically puts driver seat in this position if requested. Very handy feature"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX)

"6 way power seats, leather, quiet ride if you use correct tires, heated seats, would like ac in the seats next time, good visual controls, attractive car."

Dale S., CO (2006 Lexus RX)

"The seats are very comfortable and fully adjustable in ways to meet all my needs. I prefer the design of the interior of this car as it better accommodates my 6'4" height. It is much more comfortable and offers more leg room than the newer model RX sedans. The hybrid system makes for a very quiet ride but it is responsive when I need it to be,"

Richard C., VA (2006 Lexus RX)

"very low noise level seats are very comfortable and can be adjusted just the way I want"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Lexus RX)

"Easy to get in and out. Quiet ride on the road."

S W., WA (2006 Lexus RX)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"It costs much more for the maintenance than the Camry even though it is serviced at a regular Toyota dealer."

HOWARD L., CA (2006 Lexus RX)

"bought it for $36K with 13K miles quiet handles well in snowy weather"

Anonymous, NE (2006 Lexus RX)

"Thought it was high priced for the year and mileage, but they seem to hold their value and I paid what they are going for. Just hope that the value continues to stay with the vehicle."

GLEN J., MN (2006 Lexus RX)

"The repair record has been excellent."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX)

"While initial cost is high, one of our credit cards is the Lexus VISA, and we have not had any major costs except rare replacement of tires and batteries. The car transports us comfortably over long distances to visit kids/grandkids on opposite coast. Also multiple trips to visit National parks. No breakdowns, no significant problems, great comfort with ease of entry for a disabled Vet. This is our 4th RX and all previous have last over 200,000 miles and were in great shape when we passed them o..."

James P., KY (2006 Lexus RX)

"Extremely reliable and dependable car. Have never had a major issue, other than replacing the air conditioning system earlier this year. For an 11 year old car, this Lexus is in great shape"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Lexus RX)

"Solid, stylish and very comfortable SUV that gets good mileage with hybrid drive. ABS and traction control were state of the art then. Tows a trailer well. Spacious for cargo."

John M., MA (2006 Lexus RX)

"In the almost 12 years I have owned it, I replaced a wheel bearing under warranty early on. I have only done routine maintenance since then."

Jim R., WA (2006 Lexus RX)

"nothing ever breaks"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Lexus RX)

"Great build quality and the incidence of repair seems very good to me. It feels like it will last well into 200k miles without any mechanical or or problems."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX)

"Has been a great car, battery has functioned well without replacement, has 240,000 mikes on it, still is comfortable, and has averaged 24 mpg all these years. Still a very smooth & quiet ride. No need to get rid of it."

Anonymous, OR (2006 Lexus RX)

"It proved to be a good deal after I bought it off leas. Repair costs have been minimal and reliability exelent."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX)

"Cost of ownership is very reasonable"

Brad S., KS (2006 Lexus RX)

"Better gas mikeage"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Lexus RX)

"This auto is 12 years old & is perfect in all regards. Reliability is superb. Comfort, styling, appearance, ride are all superb. Driving experience while not as snappy as a M-B, is safe & relaxing. This is a superb value -- a reliable vehicle that is maintenance simple & enjoyable to own."

Philipp L., CA (2006 Lexus RX)

"After 12 years of ownership I like the car as much as when we bought it and it has retained a high value for its age"

Anita S., NC (2006 Lexus RX)

"We keep our vehicles for longer than most people. Overall - this has been a good car, but we have had a couple of types of problems as it aged. 1. Problems with the Radio/CD Changer. CDs got stuck in the old player (and it cost $1500 to replace the CD Changer). 2. The Navigation System has been replaced once, and needs to be replaced again. The screen is so dim that you cannot use it during daylight hours. 3. The mileage (mpg) has fallen to about 25 mpg, and it was routinely over 30 when new. I suspect that the battery for Hybrid feature is at end of life - and does not provide assist. The sound system has good sound, but it is a little archaic due to its lack of built in bluetooth connection. Overall - we like it, and will likely buy a new one within the next year."

Anonymous, UT (2006 Lexus RX)

"It is a fabulous car that has been relatively service free. However, I bought a hybrid and pay a lot for it and am very disappointed in the mileage I get."

Gay A., CA (2006 Lexus RX)

"This vehicle has never failed. Nothing has ever broken, just normal maintenance. Still perfect after 12 years."

Anonymous, CO (2006 Lexus RX)

"This was the best car that I ever owned."

J G., AB (2006 Lexus RX)

"Nothing has ever gone wrong"

Malcolm D., CA (2006 Lexus RX)

"Still drives like new— great value."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus RX)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"The Lexus is 10 years old and still looks like a new car,but the 2016 RX has much different grille and styling. My wife does not like the new appearance so it will be a while to get used to the changes....if evr!"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Lexus RX)

"Love the round tail because it looks very smooth. Not a fan of the new slanted tail."

RYAN T., CA (2006 Lexus RX)

"spacious and well design. Easy access to rear seats"

DAN L., TX (2006 Lexus RX)

"The dash board is falling apart. They have said they were going to replace them for about a year. Not done yet"

LORI S., FL (2006 Lexus RX)

"styling is timeless. Vehicle looks very good at 10 years."

Anonymous, BC (2006 Lexus RX)

"I've noticed that almost all manufacturers have copied at least some of the design cues of the RX330. My 2006 model looks perfectly contemporary in any parking lot."

NATALIE D., NJ (2006 Lexus RX)

"I'm not sure where this comment is more appropriate: here, or in the next section. I don't think my concern is peculiar to my Lexus. I find it difficult to see out of the rear windows as I back up. My previous car was a Ford Explorer, which, though less satisfactory in other ways, had wonderfully unobstructed views out of its windows."

LYNN F., IA (2006 Lexus RX)

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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