- Lexus is adding a new model to its lineup for 2024 called the TX.
- It’s a three-row SUV meant to replace the old RX L, and it’s bigger and offers more third-row space.
- Available models include the TX350, the TX500h hybrid and the TX550h+ plug-in hybrid.
It’s surprising that it took so long, but Lexus is finally ready to offer a three-row luxury crossover that’s legal in the US. LX600 truck. It shares a platform with the Toyota Grand Highlander but offers more features, nicer interior materials, a different exterior design, and adds an available plug-in-hybrid powertrain.
With a wheelbase of 116.1 inches and an overall length of 203.1 inches, there’s no denying the size of the TX. It’s bigger than rivals like the Acura MDX and seems to be more of a legitimate three-row endeavor than the old RX L, which had third-row seats only suitable for occasional use. The backseat in the TX is much more comfortable than the RX L, and access is easy thanks to the second-row seats that flip forward with the push of a button. There is also more cargo space behind the last row.
The TX design offers some interesting items, such as the body color treatment of the spindle grille design with a chrome bar in the middle, as well as the headlights with inverted L-shaped accent lights. But the slab side profile and full-width LED taillight strip are less distinctive.
Two of the TX’s powertrains are identical to what the Grand Highlander offers. A 275 hp turbocharged 2.4-liter inline-four comes standard in the TX350 and comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. Lexus estimates it will deliver a combined EPA fuel economy rating of 21 mpg. The more powerful TX500h, a hybrid model offered only in F Sport Performance trim, comes with a 362 hp all-wheel drive setup with the same turbo-four gas engine, six-speed automatic transmission and two electric motors. It also has 22-inch wheels, rear-wheel steering, and adaptive dampers. The TX500h claims 24 mpg combined.
The TX does distinguish itself with a plug-in-hybrid model called the TX550h+ that uses a 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline engine. The combination makes 406 horsepower and claims 30 mpg and 33 miles of electric driving range. It comes with all-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission but Lexus has yet to release details on battery size or charging capabilities.
Lexus also hopes the TX’s interior design separates it from its Toyota sibling. The dashboard features a 14.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, an optional digital gauge cluster and an optional head-up display. It looks and feels suitably luxurious for a Lexus but doesn’t skimp on practicality, with ample storage space and plenty of charging ports and power outlets. Three interior colors will be available, including Peppercorn, Birch, and Black. Trim levels include base, Premium and Luxury, along with the RX500h F Sport Performance.
We assume the TX will cost a few thousand dollars more than the RX, which ranges from $48,950 to $64,145. The TX350 and TX500h are scheduled to arrive this fall, and the TX550h+ PHEV will go on sale later.
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Despite growing up on a steady diet of Honda and Toyota base models—or maybe because of it—Joey Capparella cultivated an obsession for the automotive industry throughout his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee. He found a way to write about cars for the school newspaper during his college years at Rice University, which eventually led him to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for his first professional auto-writing gig at Automobile Magazine. He has been a part of Car and Driver team since 2016 and currently resides in New York City.