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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Carsguide, PO Box 4245, Sydney, NSW, 2010.