2024 Lexus TX350 Provides Sass and Luxury for Your Posse in Three Rows of Comfort

Lexus was one of the first luxury automakers to introduce a crossover when it launched the stylish RX in the late 1990s.  Through multiple generations, the RX has become an anchor of the brand.  But Lexus never had a proper three-row crossover, essential for attracting upscale clans and their peeps.  It needed a luxury version of the venerable Toyota Highlander, and for 2024, it gets exactly that.

Long and Tall

Styling is a blend of conservative Highlander and sassy Lexus.  The long and tall proportions are shared with the Highlander, which also shares its Princeton, Indiana assembly plant and platform, but details identify the TX as a Lexus.  The brand’s “spindle grille” is present, but more muted with body color slats and accented by sparkling LED headlamps under swoosh driving lights.  The side view is highlighted by crisp body creasing, 20” wheels, and floating roof with chrome flourishes.  Around back, check thin taillamps and LEXUS spelled across its wide foot-operated power rump.

If you’ve been in recent Toyota and Lexus models, the TX will feel like your favorite club.  Flatscreen gauges and an intuitive 12.3” touchscreen convey information while devices connect wirelessly through Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and console charging.  It’s pretty luxurious, too, with heated/ventilated front seats, heated/ventilated rear captain’s chairs, and a heated steering wheel.  Actual adults fit in the third-row.  My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the Mark Levinson audio system and panoramic moonroof as we sang the Wonka soundtrack on the way to Grandma’s.  The flip-wrist gear selector was a pain at the carwash, but the TX is a welcoming space for travels.

Typical for Toyota and Lexus, Safety checks all the boxes for automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, front/rear cross path detection, and lane keep assist.  Add to that lane tracing and safe exit assist that prevents passengers from stepping into traffic.  Go forth with confidence all you consider family will arrive safely.

Plug or Not

You can get the TX as a hybrid or plug-in hybrid, but ours saunters forth with the base 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 275 horsepower and 317 lb.-ft. of torque – enough to pull up to 5,000 lbs. of boat, RV, or classic car.  Front-drive is standard, along with an 8-speed automatic transmission, but ours stepped up with all-wheel-drive for those snowy frozen mornings (or muddy path to the weekend cabin).  Even without a hybrid system, the TX delivers a responsible 20/26-MPG city/highway.

I used the TX as would many of you.  I carried my family on a long Interstate drive to visit relatives, picked up my daughter at school, dropped her at piano lesson, and drove through city traffic to get to the office.  We collected groceries, picked up yard supplies, and took a nice Sunday drive in the country.  The four-wheel independent suspension feels much like it would in a giant Toyota Camry, but it rumbled over rough pavement, rode comfortably, and handled itself with grace.  That said, you never forget it’s a big rig, designed more for carrying families than making haste in the twisties.

Why it took decades for the inventor of luxury crossovers to fit an adult-sized third row is mysterious, but by sharing all Toyota learned from the Highlander while applying Lexus luxury and style, the TX350 mostly hits its mark.  A base price of $55,050 – $69,044 as-tested – puts the TX against the Lincoln Aviator, Cadillac XT6, Acura MDX, Hyundai Palisade, Jeep Grand Cherokee L, and redesigned 2025 Buick Enclave.

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