Overall this is a very good vehicle. It is reasonably comfortable, it is quiet, it rides well, it is reliable, has good safety equipment, has great headlights, gets good fuel mileage for a mid-sized S...
Overall this is a very good vehicle. It is reasonably comfortable, it is quiet, it rides well, it is reliable, has good safety equipment, has great headlights, gets good fuel mileage for a mid-sized SUV and has a reasonable amount of space for up to five passengers and their cargo. The fore-aft adjustable head-restraints are very nice and should be in every car.
The negatives on the vehicle are that with higher miles it gets rattles in the cargo area, the black dashboard has horrible reflections in the windshield on sunny days, the dashboard cracks too easily, and the mileage at highway speeds drops well below EPA estimates. If the batteries ever do die in it, which they are still good at 163k miles and 11 years old now, they will be costly to replace. I would not buy this car, nor really any car, to be "eco friendly" since the manufacturing, disposal of the batteries and the burning of fuel is not necessarily good for the environment, although it is probably not as bad as many say; if you want environmentally friendly, ride a bicycle or walk. If you want decent mileage for a vehicle of this size, then it is a very good choice.
There are some features that I would have expected but were not on the vehicle. The trip computer lacks some functions like distance to empty, gallons remaining and others that most of my other cars have had. There is no aux input for the radio. The ES330 of the same year had seat memory for the passenger side, but the RX does not. The RX also does not have cooled seats in 2006. The seats could use adjustable bolsters and height adjustable lumbar support for different size drivers to be more comfortable, especially on long trips or windy roads.
Overall, the positives of the vehicle outweigh the negatives so it is still a car that I would purchase again. I look forward to many more years and miles owning our RX 400h.