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2007 Lexus ES Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by doug.steinbaum



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Reviewed: 2007 Lexus ES

4dr Sedan 272-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Why the 2007 Lexus ES?


Road noise is minimal, even on bumpy roads, as is engine noise. However, there is some wind noise from the front door windows plus a noticeable ticking sound from the engine.

Fuel economy

For such a large & powerful car, fuel economy is quite good. Driving a ~100 mile/day round trip commute in bumper-to-bumper traffic, I get 24-28 mpg.

Safety & braking

Brakes are strong and predictable. The emergency braking assist works well. ABS does not inadvertently engage when going over potholes while braking as does on some earlier Toyotas. Good safety ratings, torso and curtain airbags all around, knee airbag

Why Not the 2007 Lexus ES?

Powertrain performance

Transmission occasionally "slips" or "flares" when upshifting, resulting in power sag. Torque converter thunks/bangs occasionally when driver lifts gas pedal just after up shift and then presses again. Somewhat slow downshift,but avoidable via sport mode

Audio & nav systems

Audio system (standard, non ML upgrade) has poor sound quality: too much treble, minimal bass, and hollow sounding. Radio has especially bad sound. Nav system is slow to respond to inputs & nanny-lockout blocks use when car moving. Poor voice recognition

Rear seat room & comfort

If tall person sits in front seat, rear seat will not have a lot of legroom. Otherwise, very comfortable. Poor interior lighting in rear (front is bad, too, but slightly better).

Dealer practices

Dealer writes false warranty part replacement claims on paperwork to get $ from factory to cover courtesy work labor (eg tweaking user prefs via scan tool) and to make up for tire rotation cost discount I demanded they honor incorrect low price on website

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