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Lexus RX 350 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 270 hp @ 6200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 Lexus RX 350

  • Along with its superb levels of fit and finish, the 2007 Lexus RX 350 provides an impressive combination of comfort, utility and technology. For a midsize crossover luxury SUV, it doesn't get much better than this.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Well-appointed cabin, luxury sedan ride, practical high-tech features, rock solid reliability history, excellent dealer service.

  • Cons

    Plush ride tuning makes for merely acceptable handling, no third-row seat option, pricey option packages.

  • What's New for 2007

    The Lexus RX 330 receives a larger V6 and has been renamed the RX 350. The new 3.5-liter V6 provides 47 more horsepower than last year's…

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (33 total reviews)

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Rx 350 stinks

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Vehicle: 2007 Lexus RX 350 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

I had an RX300 and LOVED it! Traded it for a new (at the time 2007) rx350 and its been a lemon from the start. Passenger seat broke twice..dealer wont fix again. Transmission slips (dealer said the car is "thinking" what gear it should be in) Tires wont align properly - 4 sets of tires in 2 years (Dealer said must be my driving), replaced battery, brakes (after 40k miles - seriously??. I NEVER had to do this on my RX300 nor the Volvo or BMW we have!! Electrical system is wacky - sometimes radio wont turn off unless you smack it. Most recently - back seatbelt wouldnt release my SMALL CHILD and had to call 911 for them to cut her out. I may have gotten a lemon - its true - but just be warned.

Ok car

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Vehicle: 2007 Lexus RX 350 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

What can I say, it's a Lexus. Coming from my fingers, that's not a compliment. I'm not the primary driver, but when I do I can find nothing but criticism for it. I myself am a BMW person. I'd certainly rather drive my 1998 528i than this "station wagon." The suspension is horrible, there is no feel for the road -- it is very neutral and muted. Same thing for the steering wheel it is very soft with no feel whatsoever.

Nicest ride i've ever owned

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Vehicle: 2007 Lexus RX 350 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

I replaced my beloved 4Runner with this and it's almost too nice a car for me. It drives great and is so quiet and comfortable it makes the ride more relaxing. I am very happy with the gas mileage, (20-28 mpg) and I agree that the sound system could be nicer. I have absolutely no rattles and love the leather, the moon roof and seats. My dealer is very accommodating and I couldn't be happier. I'm at 30K plus in mileage and my tires are holding up fine. I also love the headlights that turn with the wheels-the lights are so bright you could throw a party in front of your headlights! (not while driving, of course).

Gas Mileage


  • 18
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  • 23
  • highway
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Full 2007 Lexus RX 350 Review

What's New for 2007

The Lexus RX 330 receives a larger V6 and has been renamed the RX 350. The new 3.5-liter V6 provides 47 more horsepower than last year's 3.3-liter V6.


The Lexus RX series has long been the company's best-selling vehicle. Since its debut in '99 as the RX 300, this midsize luxury crossover SUV has won over buyers with its easy-to-drive nature, plush cabin, virtually silent and vibration-free powertrain and very high build quality. And thanks to above-average reliability and quality dealer service, the RX has provided its owners with about as stress-free an experience as one could hope for. A full redesign in 2004 brought with it a bigger 3.3-liter V6 (which provided impetus for the RX 300-to-RX 330 name change) and a radically different body design housing an even roomier and more luxurious cabin than before.

For the 2007 Lexus RX 350, as the name implies, there is a larger, more powerful engine fitted to this midsize SUV. Displacing 3.5 liters and cranking out 270 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque, the new engine's output represents increases over last year's RX 330 of 47 hp and 13 lb-ft, respectively. Other than the new engine and additional sound insulation to make the quiet cabin even more hushed, the RX continues as before. This means that the RX's elevated seating position, forgiving ride and smooth drivetrain are still there, only with added performance.

While the RX has always been a comfy and peppy SUV, the latest version considerably ups the ante in terms of both luxury and performance. The 2007 Lexus RX 350 serves as an excellent example of what a luxury crossover utility should be. With its spacious cabin, many useful features and top-notch build quality, the RX remains a strong choice in this very competitive market segment.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Lexus RX 350 is a luxury crossover SUV. Its level of standard equipment is impressive and includes 10-way power front seats, auto-dimming mirrors all around, dual-zone automatic climate control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, four one-touch power windows, second-row seats that slide and recline and a power rear liftgate. Optional are a navigation system, a rearview camera, adaptive-turning HID headlights, a stunning Mark Levinson audio system and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with wireless headphones. Many of these are bundled in packages, such as the Performance package, which includes air suspension, 18-inch wheels, leather seating and power moonroof, which can make for a big bottom line on the window sticker.

Powertrains and Performance

A 3.5-liter V6 rated at 270 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque powers the RX 350. As before, a five-speed automatic is standard, and buyers have a choice of either a front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive model. With nearly 50 more horsepower on tap than before, performance is brisk, with Lexus claiming a 0-60 mph time of 7.3 seconds for the FWD model and 7.4 ticks for the AWD version. Fuel economy estimates are quite good for such a powerful SUV, with EPA numbers running at 20 mpg city/25 mpg highway for the FWD model and 19/24 for the AWD version.


All the latest airbags are found on the RX 350, with standard front, side, head and even driver-knee airbags. Standard stability and traction control systems are on hand to help one avoid an accident in the first place. In NHTSA front-impact crash testing, last year's similar RX 330 scored five stars for its protection of the driver and four stars for the front passenger. It also garnered a "Good" rating (the highest possible) in IIHS frontal-offset testing.

Interior Design and Special Features

Looking at the cabin of the 2007 Lexus RX 350, you'd never guess that this is the company's entry-level luxury SUV. Real wood and leather trim on the console, door panels and steering wheel come standard and make for a rich ambience. Leather seating is optional. Available features such as a rearview camera, adaptive headlights (which swivel slightly in the direction you are turning) and a voice-activated navigation system mean that this midsize luxury ute gives nothing except excessive size away to the larger prestige-brand SUVs. The second row seat reclines, slides fore and aft and is split 40/20/40 to optimize both passenger comfort and cargo-carrying flexibility. Behind that seat there are 38.3 cubic feet of luggage space; flip the seat down and cargo capacity increases to 85 cubes. A standard power liftgate makes the loading of cargo easier when the RX 350 is used as a beast of burden.

Driving Impressions

Being a Lexus, the RX 350 possesses a smooth and sophisticated personality. Performance is swift and silent. This is first and foremost a luxury vehicle, and as such the suspension is tuned more for a plush ride than sporty handling. Though the RX never feels floaty, those seeking a firmer dynamic should consider the Performance package, which includes an air suspension along with 18-inch wheels fitted with lower-profile (235/55VR18 vs. 225/65SR17) performance tires.

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