I decided after much thought to review the new (used) 2005 Lexus RX330 SUV I just purchased and the 2000 Lexus RX300 SUV which I had for 4 years and traded in. I won't go into detail on all the specifics as those can be found on line and I'm sure this car is viewed by most as a luxury vehicle. Instead I want to tell you why "I" decided this was the car for me. I have had both my knees replaced, one in 2000 and one in 2002. We needed to replace my car after the second operation and my husband and I checked out every SUV out there. My specific reasons for choosing this vehicle are: 1. Rear seat space. This may not seem important but it was the number one reason for me. If I cannot be comfortable in the backseat of my own car, how can I ask someone else to be. I need to be able to get in and out with ease and not have my legs crammed up to my chest and I need room to stretch them out. The RX300 was by far the best out there and the new RX330 follows suit. 2. Height....it was not easy getting out of my old low sedan. The Lexus is absolutely perfect to get in and out of for my 5'3" height. I do not need to drop down getting in or pulling myself up out of the car putting pressure on my knees. I just slide right in, no stooping, no climbing!! 3. Leather seating....this is available in many cars but standard with the Lexus. I do not need to fight fabric seats to adust myself in the car. Anyone who has had knee replacement knows the first thing they teach you in rehab if you have cloth seats in you car is to put a trash bag on your seat to ease with sliding in and out. 4. Wiith this car we went directly to an authorized used Lexus dealer and received a warranty that was even better than with a new Lexus. Standard warranty is 3 years or 60, 000 miles, whichever comes first. With a certified used Lexus, the dealer gives you 3 years from the date you purchase it or 100, 000 miles. I know it has been checked over from top to bottom. My first Lexus was purchased from a major car dealer off their used car lot without these added benefits.
Lastly, the trade in value on my 2000 Lexus was way above blue book value. Regular oil changes, tuneups, a new set of tires and brakes was all the maintenance for 4 years on the RX300 so I know it has a very good track record from my standpoint. Improvements to the RX330 are much better cup holders for the back seat people and moving the 6 disc changer to the console instead of having a unit in the glove compartment that required removable to change the CD's. I love my new and improved used Lexus and look forward to many years of smooth driving!!