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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 New for 2007

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
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 232 Ratings for the 2007 - 2012 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

I don't know why everyone does not own this car

By on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Quiet, comfortable, fast, handles well, stereo!"

Cons: "It won't last forever...."

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

"Since 1993, I have owned only Toyota and Lexus. In 2011, I decided to buy another car and thought I might try something other than a Lexus. I drove BMW, Mercedes, Infiniti, etc. but not one of them matched the overall comforts, luxuries, performance, mileage, reliabilty etc of the Lexus ES 350. This car has plenty of pick up and when you ask it to go, it goes! The ride is quiet and refined. I tend to drive my car like a performance car and there is nothing wrong with this car's handling if you know what you are doing. I love driving it in the mountains in manual shift mode. The sound system is all you could ask for. The car has every luxury and convenience I could want. The lights that swivel as you drive around curves at night are a lifesaver. The car also gets pretty good mileage on the highway. I average between 28-33 mpg, depending on my speed and driving. I personally think this is one of the very best cars on the road today. My friends that drive Mercedes and BMW are always complaining about something breaking down. Well, since 1993, I can't recall a single major repair, or even many minor ones, on my Toyota and Lexus vehicles. I know it would be boring if everyone drove one...but it would make total sense!!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Own 2 Lexus

By on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "comfort, mileage, safety,all the amenities"

Cons: "Visibility is fair"

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

"Great car with only minor negative is visibility. A huge plus is safety. I was broadsided by pickup at 50 mph. Both me and my wife walked away with minor injuries. I am looking for the same car,newer Past 80k, no repairs"

This was and is the best driving car.

By on Saturday, June 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,500

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Extremely quiet ride."

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

"This is a non-smoking car that has never been back to the dealer for anything. After almost 70,000 miles still gets about 30 MPG. Smooth and quiet ride."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

First Lexus ...very very impressed

By on Wednesday, June 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable, quiet, very reesponsive"

Cons: "Sound system is good but could be better"

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

"I've owned 8 Toyotas...economy models, SUVs, Luxury( Avalon) and a Truck( Tundra). Reliability is what I seek and Toyota always delivers. Lexus is no different offering luxury on top of reliability . Also great performance in fuel economy ( 27+ in city 30+ on highway) and acceleration far beyond my needs . On top of all this, residual value is excellent making resale easy with great return on investment. I am seeking a second car and Lexus will be my first choice"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Best car for comfort, safety and reliability.

By on Monday, May 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,900

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "size, style, comfort, good pick-up, ample trunk"

Cons: "newer models offer more with safety features"

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

"I have thoroughly enjoyed this car. It is a pleasure to take on the open road, handles nicely, not a sport sedan. The passengers always have ample room and the trunk is spacious. The styling is timeless, always looks good. Like the silver color, shows little dirt."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

2007 ES 350 is much better than later years

By on Friday, April 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very solid large size; extremely powerful engine"

Cons: "none"

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

"The 2007 Lexus ES 350 is an extraordinary car. It is a solid, good-sized car with an incredibly powerful engine. Later year models suck big-time by comparison. They are much smaller and have a much weaker engine. IF YOU OWN THIS CAR, DO NOT SELL IT FOR LESS THAN $40,000. THE 2007 LEXUS ES 350 IS A COLLECTOR'S ITEM AND WILL ONLY GO UP IN PRICE IN COMING YEARS. Mine is Absolutely NOT for sale. I expect to own it for at least another 30 years,"

8 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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