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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
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 221 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

Best vehicle I have ever owned

By on Saturday, December 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 326,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great to drive"

Cons: "Can't think of any"

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

"My wife never intends to drive a vehicle unless it has the Lexus name on it. No major repairs in 326,000 miles. In fact I can not even name a repair to this vehicle. No rattles, no squeaks. Replaced the battery once, oil change every 5,000 Miles and several sets of tires. I highly recommend this vehicle and intend to replace it with another Lexus when this one finally stops running, which I do not see in the near future."

15 people out of 18 found this review helpful

IT'S A LEXUS IT DOESN'T GET MUCH BETTER THAN THAT

By on Saturday, November 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfort, economy, safety, convenience-pleasure!"

Cons: "Can't think of any."

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

2009 LEXUS ES350 BLACK SAPPHIRE PEARL

"The 2009 Lexus ES350 lacks the overall elegance that my 2004 ES330 has, but adds a lot upgrades and amenities, and the new styling that I find more modern, sporty and almost European in it's overall look, especially in the dark Black Sapphire Pearl color, with it's dual exhaust and swept-back angular headlights. More importantly, however, are the many other reasons that compelled me to buy a Lexus to begin with: safety, economy, comfort, performance. When comparing the Lexus ES to other cars, many of which are both more and less expensive, many with "economical" 4-cylinder engines, I was amazed that the Toyota V6 beats all but the most economy-minded vehicles, like the Corolla or the Honda Civic. The V6 not only has the added power necessary for passing on the highway, but it adds a smoothness and quietude that can never be achieved with a 4 cylinder. The ES350's safety rating is one of the best. Comfort? It doesn't get much better, and I will say that my 2009 ES350 seems to be somewhat quieter than my 2004. And, as other owners have mentioned, you are treated like royalty when you take your Lexus in for service. Let's face it, it's a car with panache that takes the owner to a higher level of respect. After all, in the US car culture we are mostly judged by the car we drive."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

2009 LEXUS ES350 BLACK SAPPHIRE PEARL

best ever

By on Thursday, November 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,000

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

Pros: "great car"

Cons: "none"

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

"Excellent condition. well cared for. no accidents. a beauty in and out. Only 9000 miles. Always upgrade after 5 years."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Best car ever, hard to even consider a new model

By on Thursday, November 05, 2015

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
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Truly a great investment, Quality everywhere"

Cons: "No cons. I get great gas mileage."

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

"I love my car. This was my first car purchased all alone. I bought mine used, with 54k. Now I have 97k and still going strong. I traded in a Camry for this car, I have the 2008 model year. The braking in rain or snow has always been amazing, and literally never slid or skipped a beat. I can't tell you how safe I feel. Having multiple side airbags front and back, even head side airbags AND body side airbags for both back seats.. (and front seats) is amazing. I just love this car. I was hit from the back by a Honda CRV and pushed into the car in front of me. I cracked their bumper in half (in front of me) but literally no damage to my front bumper at all.. it was amazing. My back bumper was also totally fine, just had the imprints from the license plate behind me. Wow! Best car ever.. Also this model has a timing chain and NOT a timing belt... which means less maint cost to change The only thing you have to do is oil, tires, spark plugs and a water pump if you need one Mine has 97k and so far, my water pump is great Love this car and engine always strong and clean.. beautiful wood interior, and you sit so low you feel so safe Best car ever Hope to make it to 200k ALSO, this is a V6 engine with 4 valves per cylinder which is a lot, 270 HP - and although it's rated 19 in the city and 31 on the highway, I've easily averaged 27 and 34 on the highway.. no problem If you look at my "average tank mpg" it says 29 right now :) also love the "miles until empty" feature.. and it also alerts you if your moonroof is open when you leave the car ;)"

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great Value

By on Sunday, August 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

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
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great value and mechanically very sound"

Cons: "Control screen very distracting"

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

"Mechanically this has been a great vehicle. This is our first front wheel drive vehicle and probably our last. The audio, navigation and cooling/heating system, in order to operate you have to take your eyes off the road temporarily. Very distracting to use. We've always had luxury cars, mechanically this beats out the Mercedes but equal to the Jaguar. Performance wise it comes in third Mercedes second and Jaguar(XJ) first. Style wise the Lexus has come a long way,But,still looks like every other car out there. and poor color choices, other than different shades of black or gray."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Best Sedan

By on Saturday, August 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "No XM Radio"

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

"Lexus made the '09 through '12 ES too good. It was much less expensive than the LS, but was close to as luxurious in ride, comfort and appearance. When the new (2013) ES came out, some of the luxury features were reduced. (See Consumer Reports for details). I purchased the car at Carlsbad Lexus and was treated like a king there. My wife and I live in the central San Joaquin valley and when we take the car to Lexus here (Lexus of Fresno), we are treated like a king and queen, in spite of the fact that we didn't purchase the care there. My next car will be a '12 ES350."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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