Plush roader

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Used Review -

been car­ried out as rec­om­mended. The cam tim­ing belt change is due at 150,000km, which means early ex­am­ples are com­ing up to that ser­vice. De­spite most, if not all, RX330s be­ing con­fined to fam­ily du­ties around town, you must get un­der­neath and check for ev­i­dence of of­froad use.

If you think a car has been used off the beaten track, con­tinue shop­ping.

The RX330 came packed with fea­tures, all of which should be op­er­ated to make sure they still work. Fix­ing them later on can be ex­pen­sive.

INACRASH

The RX330 is well equipped to han­dle a crash, with seven airbags, or to avoid a crash with ABS and sta­bil­ity con­trol. All up it was good enough to win four stars from ANCAP.

ATTHEPUMP

Size, weight and all-wheel drive all work against the RX330 when it comes to fuel con­sump­tion. The claimed av­er­age was 12.3 litres/100km, which hints at what you could ex­pect in real life. Reg­u­lar un­leaded fuel made life a lit­tle eas­ier and E10 was ap­proved to en­able fur­ther sav­ings.

The Benz per­forms, rides and han­dles well on the road where its most at home. Com­fort­able and welle­quipped and a three-pointed star. Pay $16,000-$40,000 3.5 stars.

Honda build qual­ity, re­fine­ment and ver­sa­til­ity add up to anSUV wor­thy of con­sid­er­a­tion. Will swal­low seven in spa­cious, well-equipped cabin. Well worth a look. Pay $16,000-$24,0003stars Do you own or have you owned a Ford Fi­esta? Share your ex­pe­ri­ence with other Cars­guide read­ers by send­ing com­ments via email to gra­ham.smith@cars­guide.com.au or write to Cars­guide, PO Box 4245, Syd­ney, NSW, 2010.

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