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 change an increase in the size of the V6 engine 3.3 to 3.5 liters. With 272 horsepower and 254 of torque, the new engine has more enough power for short onramps and passing on a two-lane A six-speed automatic drives the wheels. I averaged 22.4 a good figure that’s on par most mid-size cars I The ride is exceptionally quiet, and serene, but not isolated — I felt in control. Build I’ve seen boulders felt less solid.

is good, though the swoopy can make parking difficult; a parking assist system that to right. My favorite Dynamic Radar Cruise When activated. it automatically the car down to maintain a safe from the car in front.

I felt by the ES350’s standard electronic control, which helps the keep control in a sudden Antilock brakes, front-seat-mounted airbags, and side curtain are also standard. The rear have shoulder belts and child-seat anchors at all three with seat-mounted torso as options — smart since they can pose a to children in non-compatible car seats.

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 every option box my ES350 stickered for just $46,000 — $4500 than a Mercedes-Benz E-Class. As the base model, the fully-loaded is a great deal — considering how well Lexus hold their value. If looking for high-end luxury and need to beat BMWs the racetrack, the 2007 ES350 is a car you definitely consider. — Gold


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