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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.

Favorite Features

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 473 Ratings for the 2004 - 2008 models.

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

Unreliable - Computer problems

By on Tuesday, April 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 119,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
5/10

Cons: "Very unreliable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Purchased this 2004 RX 330 and loved it until the battery started going dead soon after I got it. Went through 6 batteries with one auto store. Was referred to another and purchased a name brand battery. 1 yr later went back with what was thought to be a bad battery and he replaced it. Next time I went in with battery trouble he referred me to Lexus dealership. Took it there and explained trouble I was having. They checked battery and said it was ok. I ask them what was causing it to go dead at random times. Said he didn't know and gave me 800 # to call. Told me to bring it back once a month and have Lexus check it. It only does it randomly. I only live 100 miles away so this was not an option as I explained to them. I also know of another person with same car and is having same problem. Mechanics say something in the computerized system is pulling battery down on this make car. If you google this car, many others have had same problem. They can get no help from Lexus dealerships either. Stated they just keep jumper cables in their car. For the price of this car I certainly would expect issues like this to be looked into. The dealership should stand behind it until they find a solution."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Best I've Ever Owned!

By on Wednesday, April 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

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 ride, great features, terrific visibility"

Cons: "Mileage not as advertised for this hybrid"

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

"I love to drive, and had always had sports car before acquiring a very large dog that forced me into an SUV. As a height-challenged female (5'0"), I needed a car that "fit" me, and I opted for luxurious features as well. This car is comfortable, reliable, rides well, is quiet, and I love the heated seat and lumbar support. My visibility is fantastic, and the rear camera is now a "must have." It's easy for me to enter/exit. The mileage isn't as great as promised for this hybrid (I get between 21 and 23 mpg). I'm now spoiled by all the power features and voice commands. The engineering on this car is superb, and I'll likely be driving it for many years to come!"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

2008 Lexus Rx 350 very Low miles 46000 Nav Loaded

By on Monday, March 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 44,600

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: "Very Low Miles 46000"

Cons: "None"

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

"2008 Lexus Rx 350 Extremely Low Miles 44600, Champagne in Color, changes in sunlight, Premium Package, Leather Seats, Navigation, and Very clean. Six Disc CD, XM Radio, AM FM, Hands Free Blue Tooth Cell phone, Premium wheels, every option available."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

This has been a perfect car.

By on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000

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: "Low mileage, well cared for and lives in a garage."

Cons: "No negatives about this car."

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

"This is a Thunder Cloud Edition. There were only 6,500 made so it is somewhat rare. It is Thunder Cloud grey metallic. Michelin Energy tires 5,000 miles ago. Air conditioning repair one time. It has been well maintained and has lived in a garage it's whole life."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Excellent suv, never have had a days trouble .

By on Sunday, March 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "I can not say enough good things about my lexus."

Cons: "basically, I have no issues."

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

"I purchased this car when my husband became confined to a wheel chair and I needed an easy way to load and unload the chair by myself. I had previously owned 2 lexus automobiles, both sedans and loved them too. I would highly recommend it to anyone that has the need for a mid size suv that offers all the bells and whistles."

I test drove this car

By on Friday, March 14, 2014

I don't own this car

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: "sturdy, lots of features"

Cons: "positive shift"

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

"I test drove this car with 142k miles. I can't wait to buy it. It would replace a 2006 Kia Sportage. (I dont hate that truck but hey, this is a Lexus Jack). The car felt very sturdy. There were a couple of kinks in it but I think those are wear and tear items so I am not too worried. The only thing I didn't care for was that it seemed like it had positive shift. I have owned Accords before (they are famous for this) and I am very familiar with positive shift. That would not stop me from buying the car, I just wanted to mention it. My 12 year old daughter was easily and quickly able to figure out the radio and A/c controls as well as the power seat on the passenger side. I have her approval to buy this car. Lol."

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