The new 2024 Lexus TX: a luxurious three-row SUV with Plug-In Hybrid and F Sport Performance models

The competition in the luxury three-row SUV category is intense right now, and the arrival of the all-new 2024 Lexus TX only adds fuel to the fire.

While the GX offers Lexus owners a rugged and powerful SUV option, the TX takes a more sophisticated approach, both in terms of its interior and exterior design, and its cutting-edge technology. The TX lineup includes two electrified versions, one with a V-6 engine and another with a turbocharged I-4, ensuring a greener and more fuel-efficient driving experience. In addition, Lexus introduces a more elegantly designed three-row TX model, along with Plug-In Hybrid and F Sport Performance variants, expanding the SUV lineup further. An interesting highlight is that the TX will be the first-ever Lexus vehicle to be manufactured at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Plant in Indiana. This move signifies a step towards a unified design philosophy, aimed at improving aerodynamic performance and overall vehicle stability. Let’s take a closer look at all the exciting new features and updates.

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The 2024 GX, with its rugged appearance, is likely to spark some controversy due to its design. However, for buyers seeking a more conventional luxury three-row SUV, the all-new Lexus TX will be a compelling alternative. While the TX offers a traditional look, there is one aspect potential owners might not fully embrace: the new front-end design, which is part of Lexus’ “Unified Spindle” design language. Despite this, the early design language of Toyota’s luxury brand is evident in the TX, with remnants of the distinctive “Predator mouth” grille still visible.

Aesthetic Design and Enhanced Aerodynamics

The new design of the Lexus TX prioritizes aerodynamics compared to its predecessor, featuring narrower apertures for cooling purposes. The headlights now connect seamlessly with the opening just below the hood’s leading edge, extending into the upper open section. The “spindle” frontal design is complemented by similarly shaped driving and fog light features on either side. At the rear, the elongated length of the three-row SUV is accentuated by blacked-out trim on the D-pillar, seamlessly blending the rear quarter window with the liftgate window. While a contrasting trim piece outlines the space between the roof and greenhouse, the overall color scheme predominantly consists of black or dark trim pieces, with minimal chrome accents. This reduction in chromed elements aligns with Lexus’ new design philosophy, which we welcome.

Ample Cargo Room for All Your Needs

While discussing the Lexus TX, let’s also explore its cargo room, an aspect where many competitors tend to lack depth when the third row is in use. However, the TX takes a distinct advantage in this area. Comparing it to the top-rated 2023 Lincoln Aviator, which offers only 18.3 cubic feet of cargo room with the third row occupied, the 2024 TX provides 20.1 cubic feet of cargo space in the same configuration. Fold down the third-row seats, and you’ll gain an additional 37.3 cubic feet (bringing the total cargo space to a generous 57.4 cubic feet). Furthermore, when the second row is not in use and folded up, the TX offers a remarkable maximum capacity of 97 cubic feet, surpassing the 78.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo space in the 2023 Cadillac XT6 by a substantial 18.3 cubic feet. In summary, you’ll never have to worry about insufficient room for your belongings in the TX.

Comfort and Convenience Redefined

Whether you need to accommodate a full passenger load or prefer a quieter, more immersive experience, the interior of the 2024 Lexus TX has you covered. This new three-row SUV offers a range of features to enhance comfort and convenience. To ensure a serene ride, the TX is equipped with high-dampening door and roof seals, along with additional noise-reducing materials beneath the rear cargo and floor area, effectively minimizing rear seat noise caused by vibration.

In terms of storage, passengers will find ample space to store their belongings and tech gadgets. All rows are equipped with accessible storage compartments, and there are various-sized cup holders available to hold a wide range of beverages. Opting for the captain’s chairs (availability depends on the chosen grade) provides the additional convenience of a removable center console. This console can store small items or accommodate a single tablet, and removable cup holders can be installed for holding cups or bottles.

No matter which second-row seating configuration you choose, accessing the third row is made easier with a slide-assist walk-in mechanism. With a simple press of a switch on either seat shoulder, the mechanism is activated. The second-row seat tilts forward, while the slide-assist spring smoothly slides and folds the seats in a nearly seamless motion, facilitating hassle-free access to the third row.

Moving to the front of the 2024 Lexus TX, the front occupants are greeted with convenient features designed for their comfort and usability. The dual-opening console lid provides easy access to the center console storage, allowing one person to retrieve items while the other can comfortably rest their elbow. The driver will particularly appreciate the driver-focused design, especially when equipped with the optional 12.3-inch instrument display panel, which enhances visibility and provides essential information at a glance.

Opening either front door is made effortless by the digital latch, which also activates optional multi-colored illumination accents and door trim options, adding a touch of elegance. To ensure that the driver’s attention remains on the road, an available heads-up display (HUD) projects key information within the driver’s line of sight. Meanwhile, the standard 14-inch infotainment screen keeps both driver and passenger informed and entertained, featuring user-friendly controls and providing clear information.

To enhance the audio experience, the Lexus Interface comes equipped with an available 21-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound System. This allows occupants to enjoy a high-quality sound output, immersing them in their favorite music or audio content.

Powertrain Options for Every Preference

Although the 2024 Lexus TX will be available in four different grades—Standard, Premium, Luxury, and F Sport Performance—customers will have a choice of three powertrain options. The first option is the TX 350, which comes with either front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Under the hood, you’ll find a 2.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, similar to the one used in the Lexus RX and NX models. This compact yet capable engine generates 275 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque. According to Lexus, it is estimated to offer a combined city and highway fuel efficiency of 21 mpg.

Moving up to the TX 500h, which is exclusively available in Direct4 AWD configuration, the 2.4-liter engine is paired with a parallel hybrid system. This hybrid option is specifically offered in the F Sport Performance grade and incorporates a rear electric axle (e-axle). While this hybrid system was first introduced in the 2023 RX, the TX F Sport Performance takes it a step further by adding the Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) system.

The Dynamic Rear Steering system enhances the vehicle’s maneuverability. At higher speeds, it turns the rear wheels in the same direction as the front wheels, resulting in improved stability during turns. However, at slower speeds, the rear wheels pivot in the opposite direction, reducing the turning radius and enabling tighter turns.

The hybrid system is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, delivering a total power output of 366 horsepower and 409 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels. According to Lexus, this hybrid configuration is estimated to achieve a combined fuel efficiency of 24 mpg in various driving conditions.

The final powertrain option is the TX 550h+, exclusively available in Direct4 AWD configuration. It boasts a robust 3.5-liter V6 engine. Notably, the TX 550h+ holds the distinction of being the first Lexus plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) manufactured in North America. Production takes place at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana (TMMI) Plant in Princeton, Indiana. This PHEV powertrain promises an impressive electric driving range of 33 miles.

However, it’s important to note that the availability of the TX 550h+ will be announced at a later date, and it won’t be immediately available. Once it arrives, it will deliver a remarkable power output of 406 horsepower. Additionally, it is expected to offer the best fuel efficiency among the internal combustion engine-powered models, thanks to its continuously variable transmission (CVT). According to Lexus, the TX 550h+ is estimated to achieve a combined city and highway fuel efficiency of 30 mpg.

Advanced Safety Features and Availability

All models of the 2024 Lexus TX will come equipped with the advanced Lexus Safety System+ 3.0. Additionally, there is an option to include Advanced Park aids and Lexus’ Drive Connect system. When activated, the Drive Connect system offers various features, including Traffic Jam Assist. This feature enables full stop-and-go control by utilizing the capabilities of the All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. It allows the vehicle to maintain a set following distance behind the vehicle ahead, ensuring a smoother driving experience in congested traffic situations.

Lexus has announced that the 2024 TX 350 and 500h models will be available for sale in the upcoming fall season. However, the release date for the TX 550h+ has not been specified at this time. More information regarding the availability of the TX 550h+ will be provided by Lexus in the future. With its compelling design, spacious cargo room, luxurious interior, and versatile powertrain options, the 2024 Lexus TX is set to captivate buyers seeking a conventional luxury three-row SUV that stands out from the competition.