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2007 Lexus ES

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2007 Lexus ES Review

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The fifth-generation Lexus ES 350 is completely redesigned in a style that Lexus describes as the new "L-finessed" theme, which is an effort to recall classic sports car proportions, but with a contemporary look. Built on the same platform as the Toyota Camry, which is also redesigned for 2007, the ES 350 is the entry-level vehicle in the Lexus line, and its intent is to capture those buyers looking for a high level of luxury, comfort and class. The Lexus ES 350 delivers subtlety, low-key charm and all those luxury qualities that Mercedes, Acura, Infiniti and some others also provide so well. It is fast, quiet, roomy and comfortable. But does it deliver the Lexus marketing stamp—a look and feel that appeal both to the heart and the head? Based on previous Lexus products, we have no reason to think it won't.

You'll Like This Car If...

The ES 350 offers a lot of luxury at what has to be considered a very reasonable price. You also get the proven dependability of a Lexus product with even more features and conveniences than on the previous model.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you are looking for a mid-sized luxury sedan with an image that puts it on the cutting edge of style and performance, the ES 350 is probably not the first choice. And, obviously, it's also not a good choice if you need a spacious family vehicle that will carry a lot of people.

What's Significant About This Car?

The ES, now known as ES 350 for a new, larger engine of 3.5 liters, has been completely redesigned, with a wheelbase that's more than two inches longer and a track more than one inch wider. The shape has a long hood and short deck, with the passenger cabin pulled toward the rear, and there is also more legroom, a more luxurious interior and an enhanced sound system.

Driving the ES

Driving Impressions A first impression upon entering the ES 350 is how light and spacious the interior feels, with dials, gauges and controls that are highly intuitive. Seating is notably comfortable and...

the back seat has enough room to stretch longer legs. The drive is crisp, responsive and fast, with zero to 60 miles per hour in 6.8 seconds and a 137-mph test-track top speed, according to Lexus. It corners with minimal body roll and is energetic on hills and while merging with traffic, with plenty of ready power for quick, smooth acceleration. It has a very low aerodynamic drag coefficient, with one nice result being that it's exceptionally quiet inside, and the ride is steady, smooth and luxuriously comfortable. The visibility is excellent, making it easy to deal with traffic, and the ES 350 handled very well in stop-and-go traffic and parking situations.

Panorama Glass Roof
The expansive panorama glass roof option is enlightening—you feel like you're driving inside a greenhouse.

Fast and Economical
The Lexus ES 350 also matches a quick drive with impressive miles-per-gallon estimates of 21 city/30 highway.

2007 Lexus ES Details
2007 Lexus ES photo Interior

The ES 350 interior is light, luxurious, comfortable and refined. Legroom has been increased by a half-inch. Cloth upholstery is standard, with leather and premium leather available. Stereo controls are mounted on the three-spoke steering wheel and bright, clear Optitron gauges are elegant and easy to read. Nice luxury touches include illuminated front cup holders, exterior puddle lamps and sliding center console; the cabin feels airy with the optional panorama glass roof, made up of one piece of glass that extends over the entire cabin. The frameless design gives front passengers a sunroof and rear passengers a skylight. There is a manually-operated interior shade for front and rear passengers.

Exterior
2007 Lexus ES photo

For the ES 350, Lexus stretched the exterior skin into long, flowing lines that give it a definitely aggressive posture. The look is assertive, serious, purposeful and will not go unnoticed in a crowd. One detail we especially liked was the amber pearl paint choice, a very memorable gold hue.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The ES 350 has stability and traction control systems, nine airbags (two additional rear side-impact airbags are available), smart access keyless entry, a push-to-start ignition system that allows a driver to keep the key fob in a pocket or purse, dual zone climate control, 10-way power adjustable front seats, power moonroof and stereo system with in-dash, six-disc CD-changer, MP3 player and iPod connectivity with Automatic Sound Leveler to maintain consistent sound levels at various speeds. Also included are an auto-dimming rearview mirror with an integrated digital compass, heated exterior mirrors, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, illuminated front cup holders and LED soft-lighting interior system.

Optional Equipment

Options include the panorama glass roof, Bluetooth technology, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, heated and ventilated front seats, adaptive front lighting system, 13-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, rearview camera with a color image on the navigation screen and a fifth-generation navigation system with a multi-information display.

Under the Hood

The front-wheel-drive Lexus ES 350 features an all-aluminum 3.5-liter V6, matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine and transmission combination deliver smooth, quiet, responsive power, and the six-speed automatic contributes to the noteworthy highway fuel economy rating. In addition to the smooth, refined operation, the Lexus powertrain also promises exceptional reliability and peace-of-mind.

3.5-liter V6
272 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
254 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30

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2007 Lexus ES Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 195 Ratings for the 2007 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

This car is sweet

By on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I want this car

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"What a sweet ride. Get the updated sound system and you are living in the lap of luxury. I used to own this model, and I think overall it was better then my newer model, but 2015 will bring the ES 350 to the next level!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Very smooth ride

By on Saturday, August 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,400

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Nice ride, comfort and curb appeal"

Cons: "maintenance costs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This car has a very smooth ride and the Lexus service is outstanding. This is a perfect performance luxury car."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Most comfortable car I have ever owned

By on Sunday, July 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable and reliable and fun to drive"

Cons: "Could use larger cup holders"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Still looks great after 3 years

"I have been driving Toyotas since I was twenty years old and let's just say I have had several in a range of models. Never a complaint or problem. I stepped up to the Lexus and my only regret is that I am totally hooked! This car is so comfortable and easy to drive. The engine has a lot of pep which is very important to me and it handles well. Nothing stiff about the ride but still a sporty feel to it. I haven't had any problems, mechanical or otherwise. I traded in my 4Runner for this car and I have enjoyed every minute of driving it but I miss the convenience if the SUV. Don't get me wrong, there is a spacious trunk and the back seat is comfortable and roomy. I just felt more confident when I was sitting higher and could see more of my surroundings and when I need room for the occasional larger purchase. So my next purchase will likely be the mid size GX460. It would be nice if I could keep the ES and have the GX because I am not anxious to get rid of this one. I am totally hooked on Lexus!"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Still looks great after 3 years

Rides like riding on a cloud

By on Saturday, June 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliabilty outstanding"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Over 90,000 miles and the first fault; the pipe for the hydraulic steering fluid is corroded and leaking. It rides better than our 2010 RX 350. The reliability is outstanding and the upgraded leather and wood interior is very impressive."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Wonderful car!

By on Friday, June 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 83,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great steering; great comfort; good gas mileage."

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This Lexus is reliable, comfortable, easy to drive and maneuver. It is the best car I have ever owned."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Almost a 10

By on Friday, June 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My third ES. Great car, mileage, handling,comfort, looks all a 10. Only complaint is the lite beige leather gets dirty and shows wear easily, and is impossible to clean, especially on the drivers seat. Very responsive, fun to drive!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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