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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 New for 2007

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 549 Ratings for the 2004 - 2009 models.

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

Worst vehicle ever!

By on Monday, May 9, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: bad service (~$1500 per year)

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "very pretty car and fun to drive; perfect size"

Cons: "lousy and expensive maintenance"

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

"I had the car for 3 years and each year I had at least $1400 worth of maintenance done. The final straw was in the third year when I had to have a headlight replaced - for $2,000. I had that replaced and sold it the very next day!"

11 people out of 18 found this review helpful

9.5 years and going strong

By on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 136,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Luxury, great resale, super dependable."

Cons: "No backup camera, but it's an older car!"

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

"I have owned my 2007 RX 350 for 9.5 years, and it's the best, most reliable and luxurious car I have ever owned. The only reason I am thinking of trading it in, is because I have a bad neck and would like the ease of a rear camera. I can't believe how great the resale value is....a sign of what a fine car it is. I have had very little problem with the car, and have personally driven it 135k miles. The rack and pinion and oil hoses are my only repairs, outside of normal maintenance. I plan to get another RX 350."

23 people out of 31 found this review helpful

love this car

By on Saturday, January 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 190,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "very confortable in the summer heat or winter cold"

Cons: "gas mileage could be better"

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

"you can take this car anywhere and not worry. there are no mechanical problems and has had 200000 mile maintaince completed. it is totally reliable in the snow, rain or desert driving. Fantastic car for comfortable driving around town or on long distance drives. OK on gas consumption for an SUV, getting around 21 miles per gallon. this car has had recommended maintanence regularly completed at the Lexus dealers and no accidents. this is a one owner car."

13 people out of 16 found this review helpful

wonderful luxury SUV that I have thoroughy enjoyed

By on Monday, December 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 114,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very comfortable car with great options"

Cons: "minor scratches (not in paint) on sides"

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

we have loved this car, great luxury SUV

"Great Lexus RX hybrid mid-sized luxury SUV loaded with extras. New tires, new battery, new brakes, towing package, rear entertainment system, silver color, garage kept, maintenance records available, clean title, no accidents, and great gas millage. Selling to purchase 2916 RX hybrid. Available immediately, located in Harrisburg, PA. (sorry, couldn't get picture to load right side up)"

13 people out of 15 found this review helpful

we have loved this car, great luxury SUV

2008 Lexus RX400h hybrid - loaded with options

By on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

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: "Excellent quality, durability, and resale value."

Cons: "Can't think of any"

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

"Our 08 Lexus is fully loaded RX with about every option available, navi, Levinson stereo, blue tooth, leather, heated seats, tow package, (highest premium package), backup camera, etc. etc. Has many other features, too many to mention. We absolutely love the car. We wanted a 4WD SUV (snow in winter), and this car has more than filled the bill. We had hybrids previously, and weren't afraid to go with the 400h. It's getting 25 in town, without trying to hard to maximize economy. We already knew the technic's of how to properly drive a hybrid, so we got good mileage right away. (It will coast like no other car we ever had.) We use 87 octane with out ethanol, and actually got better mileage with the non-ethanol 87, than premium ethanol. Use full synthetic oil. It's simply a pleasure to drive. Handles tight and firm, but in a luxurious manner. Kind of hard to describe, but it's just nice to drive. My wife has claimed the car as hers. She won't drive anything else. Bit I sneak it out occasionally. In a word quality. Our next car will be another hybrid RX. Our friend has a 2000 RX with 175,000 miles, and has maintained it well, and see's no end to driving his until the wheels fall off. Highly recommend for excellent quality, reliability durability, and resale value. Lexus has the best service at dealers than I have ever experienced."

16 people out of 22 found this review helpful

When cared for, it's one of the most reliable vehi

By on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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

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
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Dependable!"

Cons: "Pricey, but in this case you get what you pay for!"

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

"I have purchased new and owned at least two each of Fords, Buicks, Volkswagens, and Nissans over many years. However, I have also owned four new Lexuses since 1992 and and still have two. I have always had my cars maintained regularly and I have felt Lexuses provide a high level of safety and confidence on the road beyond all the others."

10 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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