By KBB.com Editors
The RX 350 continues to be the gold standard by which other luxury SUVs are measured, a claim bolstered by its status as one of the all-time best-selling luxury SUVs in the country. For 2007 the RX 350 (formerly the RX 330) receives a new engine and a host of new features to help keep it attractive to both new and repeat Lexus customers. Built on the same platform as the ES 350 sedan, the RX 350 offers the ride, handling and safety features of a premium luxury car with the tall ride height and all-wheel-drive versatility of a mid-size SUV. Outstanding repair records and top-notch resale values, combined with unrivaled build quality and customer service, explain why so many Americans flock to the RX 350.
If you're looking for the premium features of a flagship luxury sedan with all-weather traction and generous interior space, you should consider the RX 350. It offers many characteristics of larger sport utility vehicles, without sacrificing comfort or convenience.
If you're looking for a luxury SUV that can also be taken off-road, the RX 350's optional all-wheel-drive system is no match for the Land Rover LR3 or Jeep Grand Cherokee. Those looking for a more sporty ride and V8 towing power should investigate the rear-wheel-drive models from BMW or Infiniti.
For 2007, the RX 350 gets a larger V6 engine and a new name. The previous 3.3-liter engine is replaced by a 270-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine to give the RX 350 an increase of 47 horsepower over its predecessor. Luxury upgrades include a quieter interior, upgraded audio and an improved voice-recognition navigation system.
We found the RX 350's ride and handling above average, but the somewhat soft suspension failed to return the same level of sharp, responsive cornering we've experienced with the
Optional Adaptive Headlamps point in the direction the steering wheel is turned.
Power Glass Moonroof
The RX 350's optional huge multipanel power glass moonroof opens most of the cabin to the outside world.
The RX 350 can seat up to five passengers, with ample head and legroom for front and rear-seat occupants. The rear seats recline and the 40/20/40 configuration allows the narrow center section to be folded while still retaining seating space for two persons. Up front, you'll find very comfortable cloth seats, complete with individual folding armrests. A clever touch is the RX 350's rear cargo cover that automatically retracts when the hatch is opened.Exterior
The RX 350 retains the basic silhouette of the RX 330, but features a few minor updates to the front and rear fascias as well as new wheels and new colors. Long rear doors make for easy entry and exit, as well as accessibility to the cargo area when the rear seats are folded down. Exclusive features such as the optional adaptive headlamps, power rear liftgate and power moonroof over both the front and second-row seats place the RX 350 above the competition.
The RX 350 is nicely equipped and includes dual-zone automatic air conditioning, power windows, power locks, remote keyless entry, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), driver's information system, fog lights, garage door opener, cloth bucket seats with 10-way power driver's and passenger's seats, automatic headlamp control, dual heated power mirrors with auto-dimming day/night feature, AM/FM stereo with six-disc in-dash MP3-compatible CD changer, power rear liftgate, front side-impact airbags, left-hand knee airbag, front and rear head-curtain airbags, Vehicle Stability Control, cruise control, traction control, rear wiper/washer, leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The RX 350 offers a number of options, including heated leather seats, all-wheel drive, power moonroof, power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps with Adaptive Front Lighting System, air suspension, rain-sensing wipers, voice-activated DVD navigation system, Mark Levinson audio system, rear DVD entertainment system, Dynamic Laser speed control and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The RX 350's new 3.5-liter V6 is both unobtrusively smooth and capably powerful. Its variable valve timing contributes to it producing good torque at lower speeds for dealing with heavier loads, and usable horsepower at higher speeds for competent, swift highway performance. The previous generation RX had an excellent repair and reliability record for both the engine and transmission, and we suspect the 3.5-liter V6 in the new RX 350 will live up to the same high standards.
270 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
251 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/25 (FWD), 19/24 (AWD)
By LoveLexus on Wednesday, March 05, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "comfortable safe secure enjoyable"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Safe, smooth, and very comfortable. I've used this vehicle as my mobile office since 2006 and logged a lot of windshield time. I also own a new IS 250c but no matter how fun my convertible is to drive, I prefer the 2004 RX 350. It sits high enough off the road so that I can see and provides an extremely smooth ride. I especially love the driver's left side cup holder. It's one of my favorite features….. Great SUV."
By Bill on Thursday, February 06, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "Highway comfort, style, luxury interior."
Cons: "Poor cornering and off road capability."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"Excellent in many ways and great on long highway trips, comfort, convenience, features. Negative aspects(Prior SUVs were 2 Cherokees, 1 Gran Cherokee, other car is a 04 Porsche Boxter): *Sloppy on corners (am I used to the Porsche?) *Poor traction off road deep snow, wet grass, mud. *MPG - 12/16 in Winter 23/27 Summer, disappointing. *Prem ethanol free - 5 mpg better. *High tailgate makes backup camera necessary equipment."
7 people out of 10 found this review helpful
By Konrad on Thursday, January 30, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "never a mechanical problem, ultra reliable car"
Cons: "poor rear vision"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"95,000 miles, regular recommended service. All I've needed are "nothing." Not one problem with this car mechanically. Rear visibility is poor. Good driving position. Excellent car."
5 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By Mark on Friday, January 10, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 219,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "great for costco runs! great for roadtrips!"
Cons: "can't think of one"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought mine in 2007 from the dealer with 44k. I do a lot of driving for work so I spend a good part of my work day in it. Very comfortable. The driver's seat could be a little more supportive for long legged folks. Its the right size SUV for me. Not too small or too large. The V6 is very smooth and quiet. The suspension is just the right balance between firm and soft. The car has a very substantial feeling to it.It feels very safe and secure. The ride height is great, it keeps other cars from blinding you with their headlights. The windows are large which I like. Great center console. It has plenty of room for all my stuff. On long trips it can't be beat. I haven't had to make too many repairs, just routine maintenance. The front brake rotors had to be resurfaced and I replaced the driver side window controller. The check engine light is on due to the catalytic converter that needs to be replaced but it doesn't effect driveability. That's it. I get about 22 mpg mixed as long as I take it easy on the gas pedal. Lexus sent me a letter saying they will replace the headlight lenses in the future if needed for free which is good because mine got cloudy about 150k miles ago. To me its been an economy car because its lasted so long with no problems or annoyances. It should easily go another 100k miles."
13 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By louie on Wednesday, January 08, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,510overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "good gas mileage, great size, comfortable"
Cons: "Service cost"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Excellent car, after owning a non hybrid 300 series. Easy to park, to drive, comfortable, sound interiors, a little noisy, but problem free. Only problem is that the Lexus service is prohibitive after the warranty is up. It means turning in a great car for a new model or paying 8-10000 per year for service."
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By Lex on Sunday, November 24, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,650overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Very good vehicle for any kind of weather"
Cons: "The steering racks all RX's seals go easy."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"I recommend this car to any one specially families up to 3 kids it is comfortable nice ride I drive it to florida, Boston , Philadelphia , New Jersey, up state New York , Atlanta etc. no problems still looks new rides like new . I have it since new so it's well kept . The only problem that upset me is that lexus knows that all this steering racks are poor in quality and they haven't done anything about this we the owners have to suffer with this $1400.00 expense. Other than that great cars."
9 people out of 9 found this review helpful