RX330? Argh... I might catch flak for this, but here goes: I test drove the RX330 and I found the following:
1) The engine sounded a bit "agricultural." There's lots of mechanical noise coming from the engine compartment, but not a pleasant chorus of mechanical noise (like a Porsche or Ferrari), but more like a tractor. Even my brother (who is not an enthusiast at all) mentioned this noise during a test drive. My mom's 1995 LS400 is much quieter.
2) The ride was comfortable, but the handling was mid-pack IMHO. It really wasn't as athletic as the MO and I tend to favor more sporting cars...
3) Rear seat interior space was (surprisingly) not as spacious as the MO.
4) I pranged my head into the roof getting into the driver's seat. The sill height is a little high, the seat is a little high and the roof is a little low. This promptly had me apply my head to the roof structure. Not a good way to start a test drive.
In the end, I think the RX330 is a decent (and certainly dependable) crossover SUV, but it's not as "cutting edge" as the Nissan/Infiniti products.
CVeet: as far as how everything happened, well... my poor MO got rear-ended hard 1 week after I bought it. It took about $14,250 in damage. I got the MO back from the body shop in late November and had it about 2 weeks when, on December 9th, somebody in a Chevy C3500 truck (a landscaping truck) ran a red light and T-boned my MO. The MO spun around 180 degrees (but never felt like it was going to roll), the side airbags deployed, rear suspension was destroyed, and the rear differential and axles exploded. The insurance company totalled my MO because repair estimates were already past $20K and climbing.
I hope everyone has better luck with their MOs than I did!