Lexus RX 330 alternatives
Latest model: Lexus RX 330 Thundercloud 2005
The Toyota Harrier is a mid-size crossover SUV produced by the Toyota Motor Corporation. It is the world's first mid-size crossover SUV. In North American markets, it is sold as the Lexus RX series (such as the RX 300, RX 330 and RX 350). It is based heavily on the Camry platform, which it shares with the Kluger/highlander. The Harrier was presented in Japan in 1997 and the RX 300 at the 1998 North American International Auto Show. It rapidly became Lexus's best-selling model. It was one of the first crossover Suvs on the sphere and served as a model for following designs.
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The second generation Harrier (codename ACU30 and MCU30 for the front wheel drive models, and ACU35 and MCU35 for the four wheel drive models) was launched in February 2003 in Japan and featured a newer, sleeker body style. As remaining Lexus's entry-level SUV, it changed its rivals to the BMW X3, Land Rover Freelander and the new Infiniti FX35, because the Lexus GX slotted between this SUV and the Lexus LX. Mechanical specification is largely alike to the first-generation Harrier, with the same motor and drivetrain combinations available (2. 4 L and 3. 0L V6 with or without four wheel drive). The main difference is a new 5-speed automatic transmission with +/- shift replacing the 4-speed item in the 3. 0L V6, and the availability of "airs" air-suspension on the 3. 0L V6 models. A JBL audio system is an available option.
The second generation RX, now named the RX 330 for the North American and Middle Eastern markets, was presented at the 2003 North American International Auto Show. The North American-market vehicles were initially built in Japan, with production of the RX 330 started at Toyota's Cambridge, Ontario, Canada plant in September 2003 (some North American RX 330/RX 350 models are still made in Japan). The RX 330 is powered by a 3. 3 L 3MZ-FE V6, producing 223 hp SAE and (238 ft·lbf), and is available in either front or four wheel drive. "airs" air-suspension is again an feature on the four wheel drive models, and interestingly, a Mark Levinson sound-system is available in place of the JBL system found in the Harrier.
For European and Asian markets, the second generation RX was launched in early 2003, where it continues to be a RX 300 and is made in Japan. Mechanical specification is more or less identical to the 3. 0L V6 Harrier, with only the four wheel drive version available. Once again, air-suspension and Mark Levinson stereo can be specified.