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Lexus ES 350 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 272 hp @ 6200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 Lexus ES 350

  • A supple ride, smooth yet potent performance and a gorgeous interior make the 2007 Lexus ES 350 the one entry-level luxury sedan that you'll never want to upgrade from.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Strong yet quiet performance, more luxury than ever before, excellent crash test scores.

  • Cons

    Pricey options packages, competitors offer as much or more power and room for less money.

  • What's New for 2007

    The Lexus ES has been fully redesigned for 2007. Now called the ES 350, it has improvements in power, interior room and luxury features.

Full 2007 Lexus ES 350 Review

What's New for 2007

The Lexus ES has been fully redesigned for 2007. Now called the ES 350, it has improvements in power, interior room and luxury features.


Aimed squarely at folks who value a soft, quiet ride and coddling features above blazing performance and sports-car handling, Lexus' midsize ES luxury sedan series has done well for itself. Success has come by giving those buyers exactly what they want in a package boasting the company's trademark refinement.

The Lexus ES is reborn for 2007 and is now called the ES 350. As has been the case for past ES models, the new model has underlying mechanical similarity to the Toyota Camry. As with its redesigned-for-'07 sibling, the front-wheel-drive ES 350 has a larger engine, a 3.5-liter V6, paired to a new six-speed automatic transmission. The combination provides the car with considerably more power while still offering respectable fuel economy.

Lexus' engineers and designers have expended considerable effort on making sure their product is indeed perceived as an entry-luxury sedan. The car's new styling has sharp creases and squinting taillights that tie it in with other Lexus vehicles, and there are plenty of new luxury features. Items of note include keyless entry and starting, active headlights that swivel when cornering, active cruise control and a back-up camera (incorporated into the optional navigation system's display). An updated Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system that can play DVD-audio and video discs is also available this year.

With a cabin that doesn't give much away to the flagship LS 460, the 2007 Lexus ES 350 is one of the poshest luxury sedans in the sub-$35,000 segment. Everything that one sees and touches exudes quality, from the rich walnut accents to the movement of the radio's tuning knob.

Although the powerful V6 gives the ES 350 spirited performance, it's not a car meant for twisty road thrills. Handling is precise and pleasant, but performance enthusiasts will be better served by more firmly sprung and involving sport sedans such as Lexus' own IS series or rivals such as the Acura TL and the Infiniti G35. The Chrysler 300C offers more passenger room and the performance of a 340-horsepower V8, though its cabin doesn't approach the ES 350's in terms of style and refinement.

While all of these sedans are worth consideration, anyone seeking a soothing, quiet respite during commutes, errand runs and family trips would be hard-pressed to find a better choice than the polished-to-the-nth-degree 2007 Lexus ES 350.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Lexus ES 350 entry-luxury sedan comes in a single, well-equipped trim level. Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a moonroof, 10-way power front seats, real wood accents, keyless entry and starting, a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a trip computer, automatic dual-zone climate control, HomeLink, one-touch up/down windows on all doors and an upscale audio system with six-disc CD changer and MP3 input jack.

Through a variety of optional (and usually pricey) packages, Lexus offers a bevy of additional features. These include leather seating, park assist, heated/ventilated front seats, adaptive cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, a driver-side power front seat cushion extender and a front seat memory system. Also available are adaptive xenon HID headlights, a navigation system with voice activation, a premium Mark Levinson surround-sound audio and video system, satellite radio, a power rear sunshade and chrome wheels.

Powertrains and Performance

A 3.5-liter V6 with 272 hp and 254 pound-feet of torque sends its power to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift capability. A model of refinement, this smooth, silent powertrain whisks the Lexus ES 350 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. EPA fuel economy estimates, at 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway, are above average for an upscale sedan.


Antilock disc brakes, stability control, a tire-pressure monitor and a full array of airbags (including dual front knee, front-seat side and full-length side curtain) are all standard on the 2007 Lexus ES 350. Optional are rear-seat side airbags and a Pre-Collision System. The latter comes into play when an impending collision is sensed (via a frontal radar system) and automatically tightens up the seatbelts and applies full power braking when the driver presses the pedal.

In NHTSA crash tests, the ES 350 scored five stars (the highest possible) in the frontal-impact category for both driver and passenger. In side-impact tests, the Lexus scored five stars for front-occupant protection and four for the rear. In IIHS frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests, the ES 350 rated "Good" (the highest possible).

Interior Design and Special Features

In keeping with Lexus tradition, the cabin of the Lexus ES 350 is warm and inviting. The various leather, vinyl, wood and metallic materials are all richly finished. Although the ES 350 is chock-full of luxury features, most controls are easy to find and use. The optional ventilated seats are among the best we've experienced, with plenty of cool air circulating throughout. This Lexus also boasts a roomy backseat and a large trunk with a pass-through.

Driving Impressions

As expected, the 2007 Lexus ES 350 provides a soft, absorbent ride yet provides better control than expected. Road, wind and engine noise are well muted -- this Lexus is one of the quietest cars we've ever tested at freeway cruising speeds. When pushed hard in the corners, there is noticeable body roll but the car remains composed. Most owners will probably never even notice that, as the ES 350 is a quiet, low-stress luxury sedan and makes no pretense at sporting intentions. Those seeking back-road thrills should test-drive its more tautly sprung though less comfy stable mates, the IS series.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

I really have no complaints

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Vehicle: 2007 Lexus ES 350 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

I have gone through many car's in my life. I am hard on car's i admit so that is no help to me when it comes to them. Any issues that i have had with this car have only been caused by issues that i feel would have been appropriate for the miles.I bought my 07 Es350 in Feb of 2013 with 44k. It is now 17 months latter. i have put 40k on the car. When it was still under factory warranty the passenger front axle boot was leaking Lexus Fixed it best experience i ever had when having to have a repair done. just 2 month ago with 80k on the car My Extended service Contract Replaced the Front and rear Struts all 4 of them needed replacing. at 81k the W/P warranty covered it

Engine noise and a/c problems

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Vehicle: 2007 Lexus ES 350 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

I have had 50 cars in my lifetime. the last five were the Lexus 250, 300, 400,330, & 350 since Lexus became a car. This 2007 has 2 major problems which Lexus has not been able to correct. #1 the engine makes a noise when cold that sounds like the tappet noise of previous years the engine idles rough. Lexus tells me it is the fuel injectors and is normal. My 97 Nissan Altima was quieter and did not make this type noise or rough idle. #2 the A/C covers my dash board area with tiny white specs. Lexus has change the evaporator twice and A/C filters numerous times. It is still spewing and I think it might be causing me a health problem with my lungs. I really am disappointed in the year

First year lemon

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Vehicle: 2007 Lexus ES 350 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

I love my car but hate its electrical system. I have had a number of defects with this cars electronics and of course they have all occurred after the warrantee has ended. Lexus charges $150 just to diagnosis the problem. On one occasion the issue was a loose wire which feed all of the sounds the care made. sure enough plug it in and my car was fixed but i was down the diagnostic charge. Recently my car had the air bag light go on. I received an estimate for $8700. A bit hi since my car is worth 11K at this point. My local mechanic fixed the issue for $500.

Eh...not so great

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Vehicle: 2007 Lexus ES 350 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

This is my second Lexus. Had a 1997 ES300 that was really reliable. Got another newer model in 06 and was never happy with the quality. There were somethings that were just down right cheap and the car was built so that even minor repairs required 18 hours of labor to reach the places that need fixing. Fuel pump went out quickly (replaced under warranty). Flimsy plastic headlamp connector broke when changing a burnt out bulb ($800 to change a light bulb, really?). Final straw was a $250 AC condenser coil went on what was still a "young" car. $1800 in labor later decided enough was enough. Traded it in for a BMW 5-series as my wife has had great luck with her last 2 Beemers.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

2007 es 350 daily driver

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Vehicle: 2007 Lexus ES 350 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

For the entry Luxury Car category, could not recommend more highly. Bought a 2007 CPO in summer 2010. Ruby/Tan appearance always brings praise. Quiet, smooth, with powerful acceleration. Maint: CPO-warr drivers window gasket, later a battery, MXV tires & shocks in late 2012. Mileage 21/33. After years of Detroit (no complaints) and 4 Camrys (run & run) this is the greatest stepup at an equivalent price (CPO vs Camry new). Love the comfort & non-ML sound. A Top Recommend.

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I love this car

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Vehicle: 2007 Lexus ES 350 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

I have had my 2007 ES 350 since June 2006. Every few months I toy with the idea of getting a new car but each time I decide that I should stick with this car. It's the best one I've ever owned and I love it. The only weak spot seems to be the brakes. I have 77k miles and have had to replace the brakes twice. I do not ride the brakes or use many hills. Past cars have never needed new brakes - they were all sold at about 55k miles. This car is quite and beautifully made. Add to that the fact that the dealership service department is outstanding and I just can't part with it.

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I currently have a 2007 Lexus ES 350 Base model chrome wheels, still owe 8200. The dealer is willing to take my trade for a New lease 2014 Es 350 Base model, for 27 months at 350 a month 12k miles a ...

Some dealer "Golden Valley" is selling 2007 ES 350 and says that these are the 350's that Lexus bought back and put in a new transmission. They come with a certificate from Lexus with the da...

Could you give me the dealershio name? also, does it is 2008 ES 350 or 2007 model? If possible, could you give more information about the options, MSRP, and color? I am at Bay area, and try to buy on...

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Gas Mileage


  • 19
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  • 27
  • highway
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