2007 Lexus ES350 — Test drive and new car review — 2007 Lexus ES350

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You won’t find a better bargain

The first time I a Mercedes E-Class, I thought it was the sedan with everything I want for comfortable day-to-day I feel the same way about the Lexus ES350. This, the understated of the Lexus family, virtually all the creature comforts one ask for wrapped in a sensibly-sized front-wheel-drive that’s elegant but not flashy. At base and $46,045 as tested, a heck of a deal. EPA estimated 21 city, 30 highway.

First High-end cabin atop machinery

I loved the ES350 the minute I closed the door, and I that quite literally. The that lines the inner handles (link goes to is backed with some of foam; when you grab on to the door, your fingers right in. It’s a pleasant, sort of feeling. I love automakers sweat the details this. You’ll find of cars with comfortable and smooth, quiet rides but how many cars have that feel good to

The ES has a unique position in the Lexus It’s not sporty like the GS or IS. or big and like the LS. Calling it the entry-level doesn’t do it justice, though. come to think of it as the pragmatic Top-shelf comfort and amenities to ordinary mechanicals. The new-for-2007 is based on the new-for-2007 Toyota Lexus spent years to shake the ES’ reputation as a Camry — but what’s with basing a luxury on one of the best mid-size sedans The ES350’s level of style and puts it in an entirely different than even the most version of its Toyota-branded cousin. mechanical bits simply the cost without the need to on amenities.

In the Driver’s Seat: Looks outside and in

Wood trim on and door panels is standard, but steering wheel and leather are optional

Photo © Lexus

The ES330 (review) was no ugly but it looks frumpy compared to the lines of the new ES350. Traditional colors like white, and black don’t do the car justice. offers subtle shades of blue, green and beige bring out the car’s beauty and still look good in 10 My tester, finished in Golden Metallic, drew lots of stares, many from me.

The mission in life is to coddle its The experience starts before you put the key in the Actually, you don’t have to put the key in the because the ES comes standard a Smart Access proximity which stays in your or purse. The ES senses your (actually, the key’s approach) and you by turning on puddle lamps under the side mirrors. the door handle and the doors Once inside, step on the and push the on/off button and the starts.

Other standard equipment power-adjustable front seats and column, dual-zone climate auto-dimming rear view 6-disc CD/MP3 changer, moonroof, and lots of safety Leather seats aren’t a notable omission, but it’s a great deal for under

On the Road: Better living technology


The ES’ name denotes an increase in the size of the V6 from 3.3 to 3.5 liters. With 272 and 254 ft-lbs of torque, the new engine has than enough power for freeway onramps and passing on a road. A six-speed automatic the front wheels. I averaged MPG, a good figure on par with most mid-size I test. The ride is exceptionally comfortable and serene, but not isolated I always felt in control. quality? I’ve seen that felt less

Visibility is good, though the shape can make parking a $500 parking assist puts that to right. My option: Dynamic Radar Control. When activated. it slows the car down to maintain a distance from the car in front.

I reassured by the ES350’s standard stability control, which the driver keep control in a swerve. Antilock brakes, side airbags, and side airbags are also standard. The seats have shoulder and LATCH child-seat anchors at all positions, with seat-mounted airbags as options — move, since they can a danger to children in non-compatible car

Journey’s End: Loaded options, it’s still a value

ES350 from the this time in Blue Pearl

The optional 14-speaker Levinson stereo included a navigation system, 6-disc that reads audio and even a cassette deck. In the navigation system’s screen as a backup camera. Two features drivers keep their on the road: Voice activation, allows you to program the nav system by and Bluetooth-compatibility which allows the to act like a giant hands-free set for cell phone.

With option box ticked, my ES350 for just over $46,000 $4500 less than a E-Class. As with the base the fully-loaded ES350 is a great — especially considering how Lexus cars hold value. If you’re looking for luxury and don’t need to BMWs around the racetrack, the ES350 is a car you should definitely — Aaron Gold


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