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2007 Lexus IS

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2007 Lexus IS Review

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Fresh from a complete transformation in 2006, the sporty and affordable Lexus IS touts an aggressive look, a more responsive chassis and a choice between two potent six-cylinder engines. With its increased interior volume the rear-wheel-drive IS is now better situated to compete with the BMW 3 Series, Infiniti G35 and Audi A4. While some purists will grumble about the availability of a manual transmission and all-wheel drive only on the less-powerful IS 250, the IS 350's 5.6-second zero to 60-mph time and advanced VDIM (Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management) stability system should go a long way toward pleasing most. The availability of such uncommon options as Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) place the IS a step above the competition.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you consider your car as not just a transportation appliance but, instead, as a piece of sporting equipment, you'll feel right at home behind the wheel of the IS 250 or IS 350. An added benefit—you won't see clones of your car on every street corner.

You May Not Like This Car If...

You might be convinced that no Japanese car, no matter how competent, can match the driving enjoyment delivered by the BMW 3 Series. And if you seek a car with styling so distinct you can discern its brand without seeing its badging, the IS's handsome but derivative styling might not push your buttons.

What's Significant About This Car?

A new X Package is offered on rear-wheel-drive models and includes a sport suspension, five-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels, sport pedals and illuminated door scuff plates.

Driving the IS

Driving Impressions Test drives quickly revealed that both the IS 250 and the IS 350 offer significantly better-than-adequate acceleration. Of course, the IS 350 is the hot rod of the two, boasting...

a laudable zero to 60-mph sprint of 5.6 seconds. In around-town, freeway commute and open two-lane touring, the IS 250 feels completely in its element, but we have to admit the added 102 horsepower of its IS 350 sistership is appealing.

Steering is sharp and direct, although some might complain of a bit too much boost. With a double wishbone front suspension and a multi-link rear, plus either Vehicle Stability Control (IS 250) or the more sophisticated Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system (IS 350), the car has both traditional and New-Age technology to foster superior handling.

Paddle-Shift Automatic Transmission
The sequential-shift six-speed automatic, offered in the IS 250 and standard in the IS 250 all-wheel drive and IS 350, allows you to cruise in full automatic mode, or shift it yourself via steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters or an up-down push on the console-mounted gear lever.

Back-Up Camera
The Back-Up Camera system, which displays its view on the dash video screen, comes on automatically when you shift into reverse.

2007 Lexus IS Details
2007 Lexus IS photo Interior

The IS interior is well-designed, well-finished and intelligently laid out but, at the same time, lacks the distinctive style some of its European competitors bring to the table. Bright, clear Optitron gauges, which are illuminated even in daylight, are extremely readable and deliver an upscale aura. The seats are firm and properly adjustable, but rear-seat passengers might struggle a bit for foot- and legroom—although the interior will accommodate five (friendly) adults. Where the interior really shines is in its features. For example, keyless entry with push-button start is standard, so you needn't remove the key from your pocket or purse before you start the vehicle. Welcome features such as a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel and touch-screen navigation system plus "back-up" camera are available as well.

Exterior
2007 Lexus IS photo

The new IS is the second Lexus model (after the GS) to incorporate the new Lexus design "language" that was first introduced to the public in the LF Series of concept cars. The goal is to combine sporty and luxurious elements, but the net result is not nearly as distinctive as the BMW 3 Series or the Audi A4, for example. Still, the IS represents a significant styling improvement over the original model. The wide stance and long wheelbase, coupled with tightly-drawn bodywork, give the car a presence and sophistication the previous one lacked. Interior space benefits from increases in overall length (3.5 inches), width (3.0 inches), wheelbase (2.4 inches) and rear tread (1.9 inches.)

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard features on the IS 250 include Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), six-speed manual transmission, front side-impact airbags, front and rear side-curtain airbags, 10-way power adjustable front seats, power folding side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, one-touch open/close power moonroof, tilt-telescopic steering wheel, SmartAccess keyless entry and start, Homelink, 194-watt 13-speaker sound system with in-dash six-disc CD changer and auxiliary input and a multi-information trip computer. The IS 350 adds a 306-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted shift paddles, Vehicle Dynamic Integrated Management (VDIM) and 10-spoke alloy wheels.

Optional Equipment

Notable options for the IS include an Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) that enables front headlamps to turn with the wheels to help see into corners, heated and ventilated front seats, Pre-Collision System (PCS) that senses an impending crash and prepares safety systems, a power tilt-telescope steering wheel and a new 14-speaker Mark Levinson audio system. The system offers 300-watts of power, 14 speakers (including a center speaker and sub woofer) and 7.1-channel speaker architecture.

Under the Hood

Two new engines are on tap for the IS. The 2.5-liter version found in the IS 250 uses dual variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and a new direct-to-cylinder fuel injection system to create 204 peak horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque, which for most people, most of the time, is more than enough. A conventional six-speed manual or a sequential-shift six-speed transmission are available and, unless you really like to row gears, the automatic is the recommendation. While the 2.5-liter V6 is a good choice, those of us with heavy right feet prefer the new 3.5-liter engine, which uses an intriguing mix of port- and direct-fuel injection to develop 306 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. With this engine the six-speed sequential-shift automatic is the only transmission choice, and performance drivers won't be disappointed.

2.5-liter V6
204 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
185 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/28 (manual), 24/32 (automatic), 22/28 (AWD automatic)

3.5-liter V6
306 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
277 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/28 (automatic)

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2007 Lexus IS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 408 Ratings for the 2006 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

A WOLF in a conservative platform disguise

By on Monday, January 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,000

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
9/10

Pros: "Design,technology,quality,reliability,POWER"

Cons: "This car turns head on the road ( not safe)"

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

"Don't be fooled by the sedan look of this monster waiting inside of the IS platform from Lexus. This car is NOT an IS Fsport but instead the ISF is in another class of its own. It was built with one purpose and that is to show that Lexus name can mean pure excitement. I owned my ISF for two years and I'm confident that I will keep it for years to come. I bought the car used and only spent money on oil change brakes,and tires so far. With so much power you will go through brakes and tires really quick while you smile from cheek to cheek in the driver seat. The ISF will definitely become those cars that car collectors will be hunting for years from now."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Without question best car I ever owned

By on Monday, December 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,500

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
9/10

Pros: "Everything is great...gas consumption 33MPG @80MPH"

Cons: "Small trunk"

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

"I have owned 4 Mercedes in the past as well as other American, Japan cars...none compare. Only single drawback is the trunk is too small."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Responsive to the max!

By on Friday, December 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,500

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "FUN and exhilarating to drive"

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

"Responsive handling and power to spare - really fun and exhilarating to drive, yet not too flashy or pretentious. Finally, a car MADE for me. Perfect."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

1 previous owner for 2 months,I owned till present

By on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 152,984

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"Vehicle never has been in an accident , interior door panel on all 4 doors started chipping away. Front rims have scratch marks . Overall vehicle is in good physical condition."

4 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Love this car! Performance plus super reliability

By on Sunday, October 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,000

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: "Excilerating to drive but not flashy."

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

"Looks like a four-door sedan, performs like a full-bred race-car. Love, love, love this car! Owned for two years."

2 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great car to own

By on Wednesday, September 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

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
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great resale value and very fast"

Cons: "Not the Lexus ride that i'm use to pure sports car"

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

"This car is a great car to own and holds it's value. I have own it for about a year and I love what Lexus has done to compete with m-3 BMW'S."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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