Last post on Mar 04, 2013 at 10:29 AM
You are in the Lexus RX 300/330/350
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Lexus RX 330, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
#10 of 19 RX330 Mileage
Mar 01, 2007 (1:35 pm)
'04 RX330 AWD with 30K miles. Just took a round-trip drive to Lake Tahoe from the Bay Area (60 mph up/65-70 mph) with minimal traffic. 26 mpg up and 28 mpg back per the trip computer - which I find to be a bit inaccurate compared to miles divided by gallons filled.
Tires are the factory tires inflated with 78% Nitrogen, 21% Oxygen, and 1% Argon + misc gasses...
#11 of 19 Re: RX330 Mileage [garv214]
Apr 04, 2007 (12:02 pm)
#12 of 19 2004 RX330 31,000 miles
Jun 14, 2008 (5:15 am)
17-18 mpg in suburban/city mix.
27+ mpg highway with cruise at 65 mph.
Remarkably good for such a giant lump.
#13 of 19 2005 RX330 AWD
Jul 08, 2008 (7:27 am)
15 mpg in Wash. DC driving
27 mpg driving 60 mph on highway
Jun 16, 2011 (5:02 am)
Location: Seminole-St.Petersburg Florida
Lexus RX 330: 2WD
City: 23-24mpg (45-50mph)
Highway 25-26mpg (70 mph or if I can behind a faster car I usually go 80)
Fuel: High octane Premium (93 I think?)
Driving style: Acceleration with purpose. I do not race to stop signs or red lights, I either coast enough to make the car say 30 mpg or I just let go of the gas entirely and let me decelerate instead of needing to break as much.
In terms of acceleration I try to push it to atleast 2,200 rpm, that seems to be the best acceleration/fuel usage ratio
Aug 27, 2011 (1:48 pm)
i bought a lexus rx330 3months ago, the fuel consumption has been abysmal. On the info display, the average MPG reads btw 12.4-13.3mpg driving within town.
Anyone has any idea the cause of this? i'm so disappointed, expected better fuel consumption.
I've never travelled out of town with the vehicle, wondering if the display is wrong or the vehicle is has a problem that makes it consume so much fuel.
#16 of 19 Re: Lexus RX330 [eeffiong]
Aug 27, 2011 (3:29 pm)
Did you buy it from a Lexus dealer? Take it back and have it checked out, maybe it needs servicing such as air and gas filter and new plugs. Do you calculate your fuel mileage by dividing the miles travelled by the gallons used or just rely on the display? Do you ride the brakes? There are all sorts of reason why some people get poor fuel mileage while others get great results from the same car so you should look at driving style if the dealer checks out the car and claims everything is as it should be.
#17 of 19 Re: Lexus RX330 [eeffiong]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Aug 27, 2011 (6:33 pm)
Have you checked your actual mileage by recording the miles driven between fill-ups, and dividing it by the gallons required to re-fill? That is the only way to know your actual mileage.. Everything else is just a guess.
#18 of 19 Re: Lexus RX330 [eeffiong]
Mar 04, 2013 (9:37 am)
Did you get this figured out?
I recently purchased a 2000 RX300 for my daughter to drive (from a private seller)
I have not been able to do the exact calculation, but seems like we might be betting 8-10 MPG. It has AWD but she is not using it. I know it has been cold here in Cbus - so, she may let it run 5-10 minutes in the morning before she gets in...
I was expecting to get 18-24ish
#19 of 19 Re: Lexus RX330 [haller4]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Mar 04, 2013 (10:29 am)
Idling = 0 mpg.
I think the best way to warm a car up is to get in it and gently drive for a mile or so. When I lived in Anchorage, I'd just creep out of the subdivision (I had a block heater to warm the oil for an hour on below zero days and a small electric interior heater that I would plug in when the block heater was in use, if the windows were iced over).
It doesn't get that cold here in the UP on Lake Superior, so I'm back to just creeping the first mile. Gentle driving is about the best way to improve mpg, assuming nothing is mechanically wrong.
Your daughter needs to calculate the gas for a few tanks to get a baseline though.
Oh, the RX 300 for that generation had full-time four-wheel drive. (link)