2007 Lexus ES350 Road Test Review | CarParts.com

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2007 ES350 Road Test

T here are so many variables in the experiences behind the wheel it is not always easy to form a and accurate opinion of an automobile only a few miles, or even a few behind the wheel.

A car which to have it all during a leisurely on a smooth highway may reveal faults when subjected to the of heavy traffic, the ups and downs of roads, or differing weather Then, again, quite the might be true.

Last Charles Ofria, the owner and of this Web site, and I spent of a sunny day zooming along the highways and byways near Las Nev. in an all-new 2007 ES 350 sedan.

The occasion was Lexuss of the vehicle to members of the automotive and we, along with most of the in attendance, came away favorable opinions of the Toyota entry-level luxury sedan. Here for Charlies detailed, report.

Recently, I spent a with the car on four-lane interstate and pockmarked two-lane macadam, in the sun and in the and am happy to report that, for the part, our first impressions borne out in more extensive

Anyone looking for a luxury capable of hauling four or two grownups and three kids in comfort will find the ES 350 to be an traveling companion.

This has come a long way since the days when it was little than a Camry clone. many mechanical components are shared with the Toyota, the ES 350 has a solid, upscale demeanor sets it apart.

The look and of quality materials is evident Lavish interior appointments, materials and an excellent sound combine to give driver and alike a relaxed and comfortable experience.

Of course, many of qualities were also in ES sedans that preceded the generation. What sets the ES 350 apart besides its more design – is the new 3.5-liter V-6 that finally gives the car the it deserves.

Channeled to the front through a seamless six-speed transmission with a manual feature, its 272 horses and 254 pound-feet of can hurl the sedan from a to 60 mph in less than 7 seconds, continue to an electronically limited top of 137 mph..

In my initial stint behind the I marveled at the strong thrust of the new But, after living the car for a more extended period of I realize that the power to or impress is not what it is really all

What this engine best is flex its considerable in a smooth, almost unassuming moving the sedan as swiftly as without ruffling the passengers.

The thrust does makes known occasionally through steer, that tug on the steering that is the Achilles heel of front-wheel-drive automobiles. Mostly, its there simply to get the job done as and efficiently as possible.

One thing you learn from an abbreviated in the Lexus ES 350 is real-world fuel I averaged between 18 and 28 miles per of the recommended premium fuel. In weather or heavy traffic, Im that around-town figure drop below 18.

In any case, count on the 21/30 mpg figures by the EPA.

When Lexus decided to aim its level sedans at two distinct it created the nimble IS model to the enthusiast drivers who put a premium on The rear-drive sport sedan was in 2000.

The bigger and roomier ES received a different treatment, one on smoothing out all of the rough edges and lots of luxury features.

For the base ,470 Lexus ES 350 has power front seats, entry and ignition, tilt-and-slide sunroof, climate control, and telescoping multi-function steering eight-speaker sound system automatic adjusts its volume to for outside noises, and a multi-function which includes a trip and maintenance reminder.

Beyond a buyer can opt for the premium package, the package or the ultra-luxury package. equipped, the Lexus ES 350 will considerably more than

But, it will contain of the features contained on world-class vehicles, including voice-activated system with rear-view adaptive cruise control, discharge headlights that a driver to see around turns, and ventilated leather seats, 14-speaker audio system and connectivity

The emphasis on comfort, is not at the expense of competence.

The rigid new chassis and independent control body motion rough roads and around curves; the four-wheel, antilock can bring the car to a quick halt required; and the rack-and-pinion steering the drivers commands with if not with a lot of feedback from the

Perhaps surprisingly, the ES 350 generated nearly identical to the IS 350 in slalom and handling tests conducted by the of Road and Track magazine.

said, the 3,500-pound Lexus is governed by the same laws of that limit the handling of a front-wheel-drive vehicle, particularly one carries 61 percent of its weight the front wheels.

Yes, the car is to understeer, that inescapable of a nose heavy front-driver to changing direction. Come an unexpected tight turn too and the Lexus will telegraph a reminder that it was not cut out to be a sports

But, most people may find that out. is enough latitude engineered the Lexus that understeer is not an in normal driving situations.

engineers concentrated a lot of their on safety, too.

Every ES 350 with a total of eight stability control, traction and a variety of structural reinforcements.

An optional pre-collision system can when an accident appears It will then tighten and activate maximum braking as soon as the driver touches the

For its 2007 model year Lexus has given the ES sedan a lot than just a new engine. It has it more luxury, more and better drivability.

It wont as a top choice for the enthusiast, but it should be on the list for anyone who wants a sedan that pampers its in an opulent and serene atmosphere.


Wood trim for console and doors

Power three-spoke steering wheel audio and display controls

power adjustable front

Dual zone Automatic control

Keyless SmartAccess push-button start/stop

Homelink garage door opener

autodimming interior mirror compass function

Lexus Audio with 6 disc MP3/iPod audio input 8 speakers

Driver and front knee airbags

Front and side curtain airbags Restraint System (SRS)

Front seat-mounted side Supplemental Restraint System

Vehicle Stability Control

Traction Control (TRAC)

Tire Pressure Monitor

Major Available Options

Package includes: Leather Bluetooth, Driver seat

Premium Plus Package all items in Premium Package + Cushion Extender (Driver), wipers, Heated ventilated seats, Front passenger memory, Full-sized spare on 17 alloy wheel

Ultra-Luxury includes: all items in Premium Package + Panorama Glass Upgraded Leather, Special 17 (Graphite Finish), Power sunshade, Wood/Leather-trimmed Steering Shift Knob, HID Adaptive lighting, Navigation system backup camera, Rear Side Airbags.

Lexus System (PCS) Dynamic Cruise Control Package Ultra-Luxury Package)

Mark audio system

GPS navigation with rear view

Park assist

Power Sunshade

Heated and Ventilated Seats

Wood/Leather-trimmed Steering and Shift Knob

XM and Sirius Radio

For more information on the ES, Lexus.com

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