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2007 Lexus RX350

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2007 Lexus RX350 Review

An entry-level luxury SUV that combines excellent quality, powerful performance, and a roomy, luxurious cabin.

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Overview

The 2007 Lexus RX350 serves as an entry-level luxury crossover SUV. It replaces the RX 330, which employed a 3.3-liter, V-6 engine that the new model leaves behind. The RX has been Lexus’ best-selling vehicle.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Lexus RX350

What's New

The 2007 Lexus RX350 replaces the RX330 and comes equipped with a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that pairs with a five-speed automatic transmission. Additional insulation provides an extremely quiet ride.

Exterior

The front end of the 2007 Lexus RX350 boasts a redesign and offers new headlights and fog lamps. LED taillights come covered with clear lenses in the rear. The rear power liftgate makes accessing the cargo space an easy task. Additional standard equipment on the RX350 includes 17-inch alloy wheels with 225/65R S all-terrain tires, rear spoiler, variable intermittent wipers, privacy glass, a rear defogger, an intermittent rear wiper, power door locks, power windows, and power heated mirrors.

Optional equipment includes adaptive HID headlights. An additional Performance package adds 18-inch wheels, air suspension, and a power moonroof. The air suspension offers four ride-height settings and automatic leveling to improve ride quality.

Interior

The RX350 seats five in its luxurious interior. Cloth upholstery comes standard, but the Performance package ups the ante with leather upholstery. Additional insulation and an acoustic windshield enhance the quiet interior.

The seats feel comfortable and well-bolstered. The rear seat slides forward and backward and splits 40/20/40 to increase cargo space. With the rear seat folded, the 2007 Lexus RX350 offers 84.7 cubic feet of cargo space. With the rear seat in place, this drops to 38.3 cubic feet of space.

The RX350 offers many amenities only found in more expensive SUVs. Standard features include 10-way power driver and passenger seats with power lumbar support and height adjustment, bucket front seats, reclining rear seats, rear ventilation ducts, cruise control, a front console with storage, a first aid kit, an overhead console with storage, retained accessory power, power steering, a universal remote transmitter, 12V power outlets, a leather and wood tilt steering wheel with audio control functions, interior air filtration, dual-zone climate controls, leather and wood interior trim, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a tachometer, a trip computer, external temperature display, a compass, and a 132-watt AM/FM/six-CD changer audio system with eight speakers.

Optional equipment includes a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with wireless headphones, a navigation system with a rear-view camera, parking assist, an LCD display monitor, and a premium Mark Levinson audio system with satellite radio.

Performance & Handling

The 2007 Lexus RX350 comes equipped with a 3.5-liter, 270-hp, V-6 engine that generates 251 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration feels brisk with a zero-to-60-mph sprint time of 7.3 seconds for the standard front-drive model; the optional all-wheel drive models clock in at 7.4 seconds. Handling feels excellent, providing the smooth, comfortable ride expected of a luxury vehicle.

Safety

Standard safety equipment includes four-wheel ABS with emergency braking assist, electronic brake force distribution, ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes, a remote anti-theft alarm system with an engine immobilizer, daytime running lights, fog lights, auto delay-off and dusk-sensing headlights, tire pressure monitoring, stability control, traction control, seat-mounted side-impact airbags, a driver’s knee airbag, and side curtain airbags with rollover sensors, MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear independent suspensions, and front and rear stabilizer bars. In government crash testing, the 2007 Lexus RX350 scores five stars (out of five) for protecting the driver in a frontal-impact situation and four stars for front-passenger protection.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lexus RX350 front drive: 20/25 mpg city/highway
Lexus RX350 all-wheel drive: 19/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Gas mileage
  • Spacious interior
  • Cargo room

You Won't Like

  • Pricey options
  • Poor rear visibility with thick pillars

Sum Up

An entry-level luxury SUV that combines excellent quality, powerful performance, and a roomy, luxurious cabin.

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