The Good A punchy V-6 gives the 2007 RX 350 sedanlike performance. Lexus's usual luxury fixtures comes as standard, and options include GPS navigation, Bluetooth, and a rear-seat entertainment system.
The Bad The 2WD RX 350 is prone to loss of traction on more-challenging terrains.
The Bottom Line The Lexus RX 350 is a luxury SUV that delivers a stylish, sporty ride. A powerful--and relatively economical--engine endows Lexus's flagship truck with solid performance, although the AWD version is recommended for anything away from the asphalt. A collection of optional cabin tech makes the RX 350 a wired ride.
2007 Lexus RX 350
Lexus has had a hit on its hands with the RX series ever since the introduction of the RX 300 in 1999, followed by the more-powerful RX 330 in 2003. The release of the RX 350 for the 2007 model year brings yet another performance upgrade to its top-selling car-based SUV line, with the inclusion of a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, capable of producing 270 horsepower. The RX 350's upgraded power plant and advanced driver-assist systems, combined with the car's distinctive, aerodynamic form, give it performance credentials more in line with a crossover than with a full-size SUV. Throttle control is sharp and steering is responsive, although standard suspension is tuned more for highways and parking lots than off-road trails.
Our tester came with the Performance Package ($4,955), which includes four-wheel air suspension, sequential automatic transmission, and adaptive front lighting. While its enhanced performance will grab the notice of luxury sedan owners with growing families, the RX 350 comes with all of the standard appointments and safety features one would expect on an upscale SUV: leather- and wood-trimmed interior, a decent standard audio system with a six-disc in-dash changer, and automatic controls for everything from the heated outside mirrors to the rear tailgate. À la carte options on the RX 350 include Lexus's fifth-generation voice-activated GPS satellite navigation system with an integrated backup camera, Bluetooth hands-free calling ($2,650), and a rear-seat entertainment system ($1,740). An upgraded Mark Levinson stereo system is available only as part of a package that includes navigation, Bluetooth, and performance upgrades, for $6,190.
Without any of the major information/entertainment options, our tester based at $37,400; with the performance package, which includes optional multistage heated front seats ($540), a $92 cargo mat, and a delivery fee of $695, it leaves the lot for $43,682. Our RX 350 was decked out with the usual Lexus cabin luxury in the shape of ivory-leather trim with (imaginatively named) golden bird's-eye maple accents. The driving position in the RX 350 offers a commanding view of the road, and there is ample legroom and headroom for taller passengers, both in front and in the back. The RX 350's cargo space of 84.7 cubic feet is respectable for a car-based SUV and is maximized by the folding, 40/20/40-split rear seats, which can slide forward and backward depending on passenger or cargo priorities.
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