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2007 Lexus RX

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2007 Lexus RX Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's Significant About This Car?

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.

Driving the RX

Driving Impressions 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 href='http://www.kbb.com/bmw/x5/' alt_o_t='BMW X5'>BMW X5 or Cadillac SRX. The RX 350's five-speed automatic transmission includes a snow setting that allows starting from a dead stop in second gear, thus minimizing wheel spin. We found that the five-speed works smoothly, though it does pause longer before completing a downshift than we might sometimes prefer, as when wishing to pass slower traffic in a hurry. This was not something that happened often, however, and overall the transmission's operation was as effortless as you might expect of a Lexus. The fifth gear meant relatively low engine speeds during highway cruising, which enhances fuel economy and reduces interior noise.

Adaptive Headlamps
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.

2007 Lexus RX Details
2007 Lexus RX photo Interior

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
2007 Lexus RX photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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.

3.5-liter V6
270 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
251 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/25 (FWD), 19/24 (AWD)

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2007 Lexus RX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 533 Ratings for the 2004 - 2008 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

This is a Certified by Lexus RX 350

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 79,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Certified. Pearl white paint finish (an add of $1,500 I am told by dealers). Mint condition. I am the 2nd owner."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Handing down to my Granddaughter. :)

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

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: "All the bells and whistles..sporty and luxurious!"

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

"I absolutely LOVE this car. I have owned it for 8+ years and it has never been in the shop once. I am getting a newer model Lexus only so that I can hand this down to my darling Granddaughter so that she can start out in a safe, reliable, comfortable and fabulous car. She has always loved this car as well!"

Most comfortable car I have ever had

By on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

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

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

"Had 2000 Lexus RX and purchased this 2007 with 34,000 miles on it in 2009. I am an older woman and took care of it responsibility. No aches & pains after a long trip. Wish there was a better design to accommodate a woman's purse. Love automatic rear door Time to move on. Need more gadgets."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

LOVE THIS CAR!!!

By on Monday, June 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 178,000

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "NAVIGATION, BACK UP CAMERA, HAS POWER TO IT."

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

"BOUGHT THIS CAR WHEN I WAS 25. MY FIRST CAR, MY GET UP AND GO. I HAVE TWO YOUNG CHILDREN SO ITS USEFUL FOR DIAPER CHANGES, THE BACK IS BIG ENOUGH FOR A OUTSIDE MOVIE NIGHT. THE BACK UP CAMERA IS REAL USEFUL. ESPECIALY BECAUSE IM SHORT, CANT REALLY SEE OVER SEATS AND KIDS IN BACK. I LOVE THE FACT THAT ITS NOT A GAS HOG. FOR A V6 I DO GET GOOD GAS MILAGE. NOT THE BEST BUT ITS AFFORDABLE."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Amazing vehicle

By on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "comfortable, fuel efficient, fun to drive"

Cons: "horrible navigation system"

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

"I've driven several cars including an Acura and BMW, and I have to say, this Lexus is the smoothest ride out of anything I can remember being in. The suspension is out of this world and this vehicle feels like you're floating on air. Don't let it fool you, this thing has power and offers a very comfortable ride too. The only complaints that I have is that the stereo is severely outdated. It's a 2006 with a tape deck, come on! Also the navigation system is useless. I am a huge fan of the back-up camera, and I can park just about anywhere now. I do wish the passenger's mirror would angle down to show the curb as you are backing up though. Also sometimes the shiny black dash board reflects in the windshield and makes it somewhat difficult to see. Minor problems for such an amazing vehicle though."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Reliable Comfortable large luggage space at back

By on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "newer cars may have features that 2008 model does"

Cons: "Servicing and replacement is very high"

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

"Luxury car to the tee Parking and reverse is difficult in spite of the back camera always have to look in all 3 mirrors + camera screen specially when backing out from parking lot in mall or grocery store where there is too much traffic My last Volvo had a beep when close to something while backing up"

3 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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