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

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Lexus ES350

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 when automakers the details like this. find lots of cars comfortable seats and smooth, rides — but how many have doors that good to close?

The ES has a unique in the Lexus lineup. It’s not like the GS or IS. or big and stately like the LS. it the entry-level Lexus doesn’t do it though.

I’ve come to of it as the pragmatic Lexus: Top-shelf and amenities mated to ordinary The new-for-2007 ES350 is based on the Toyota Camry. Lexus years trying to shake the reputation as a glorified Camry but what’s wrong with a luxury sedan on one of the best sedans built?

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: good outside and in

Wood on console and door panels is but wood steering wheel and seats are optional

Photo Lexus

The outgoing ES330 was no ugly duckling, but it looks compared to the smooth lines of the new Traditional safe colors white, silver and black do the car justice. Lexus offers shades of red, blue, and beige that bring out the beauty and will still good in 10 years.

My tester, in Golden Almost Metallic, lots of admiring stares, from me.

The ES350’s mission in life is to its occupants. The experience starts you put the key in the door. Actually, you don’t to put the key in the door, because the ES comes with a Smart Access key, which stays in pocket or purse. The ES senses approach (actually, the key’s and greets you by turning on puddle concealed under the side

Touch the door handle and the unlock. Once inside, on the brake and push the on/off and the engine starts.

Other equipment includes power-adjustable seats and steering column, climate control, auto-dimming view mirror, 6-disc changer, power moonroof, and of safety gear. Leather aren’t standard, a notable but it’s still a great for under $34k.

On the Road: Better living technology

Lexus ES350

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 felt reassured by the ES350’s electronic stability control, helps the driver keep in a sudden swerve. Antilock front-seat-mounted side airbags, and curtain airbags are also The rear seats have belts and LATCH child-seat at all three positions, with torso airbags as options smart move, since can pose a danger to children in car seats.

Journey’s End: with options, it’s a great value

ES350 the rear. this time in Onyx Pearl

The optional Mark Levinson stereo a GPS-linked navigation system, changer that reads DVDs, and even a cassette In addition, the navigation system’s doubles as a backup camera. Two help drivers keep eyes on the road: Voice which allows you to program the nav by speaking, and Bluetooth-compatibility which the stereo to act like a giant set for your 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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