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The 2024 Lexus TX 350 Review

The new Lexus TX 350 is taking up space. Not in a bad sense but in the sense that it plugs the gap between the truck-ish Lexus GX and LX. That’s a good thing. But does it have enough stuff to wear the Lexus badge? Follow along with Napleton News as we take a look.

What moves the Lexus TX 350?

The 2.4-liter turbocharged engine powering the Lexus TX 350.

The Lexus TX is available in several trim levels that range from base to Plug-in Hybrid models. These include:

  • Lexus TX 350
  • TX 350 Premium
  • Lexus TX 350 Luxury
  • Lexus TX 500h F Sport Performance Premium
  • TX 500h F Sport Performance Luxury
  • Lexus TX 550h+

The Lexus TX 350 is powered by a 2.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine producing 275 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque. It sends that power to the pavement through an eight-speed automatic transmission. It will be good enough for most situations and will get you scooting up the highway in rapid fashion. For the record, 0-to 60 mph comes in less than eight seconds. That’s not rocket fast, but fast enough to get you into the through lanes safely.

The TX 500h sports a hybrid powerplant delivering 366 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. It’s matched to a six-speed automatic transmission, while the top-shelf TX 550h+ includes a 3.5-liter V6 plug-in hybrid that makes 406 horsepower and delivers it through a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The 550h+ includes standard all-wheel drive and will travel up to 33 miles on electricity alone.  It will be available later this model year.

All Lexus TX models have a 5,000-pound towing capacity.

How does the Lexus TX 350 look?

The Lexus TX 350 in profile.

This is a case, unfortunately, of a highline vehicle that only deserves the badging of its more pedestrian corporate cousin, Toyota. It just looks the part when compared to other Lexus vehicles. Sure, it has a spindle-style grille like others in the lineup, but there isn’t the high style that we have come to expect from the luxury brand.

There are some curvy side panels, and dressy alloy rims, along with a blacked-out D-pillar but beyond that, it looks more like another mid-size vehicle like the Dodge Durango. Bling is confined to a bit of highlighting around the grille, headlight surrounds and the lower front air intake

Heck, even the Lexus ES sedan has more style.

The interior of the Lexus TX 350

What about inside the TX 350?

Our Lexus TX 350 Standard includes a NuLuxe synthetic leather interior with seating for seven. That’s a 2-3-2 arrangement thanks to the second row bench seat. There’s a heated steering wheel, heated front seats and manual window shades in the rear. What’s missing is the seat adjustment memory feature, which is bad luck for you after entering the cockpit following a different driver.

Up front there’s a 7.0-inch gauge screen and a 14-inch Lexus touchscreen display to operate the Lexus 12-speaker premium audio system. What? No Mark Levinson system?! You’ll get over it, because the 12-speaker system is good enough. There’s even wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. While your smartphone is just sitting inside, take advantage of the Qi wireless charger to top the phone off. If your phone is not Qi adaptable, no sweat. Just take advantage of one of seven USB-C ports located throughout the cabin. But hey, Apple is already on the iPhone 15.

Safety first in the TX

The new TX is equipped with the Lexus Safety System+ 3.0 with pre-collision and pedestrian detection support. There’s lane tracing assist and all-speed assist radar cruise control with curve speed management. Finally, there was the ability to let the TX 350 steer itself. What good is that when you need to keep both hands on the wheel?

Behind the wheel of the Lexus TX 350

The interior of the TX is inviting enough, enabling a driver and their passengers to get comfortable regardless of which row they are sitting in. The driver’s seat offers substantial adjustment including moveable bolsters that snug you in place while cutting a corner. It makes this Lexus feel more agile through the turns but not exactly a vehicle that you would take to a track day event.

If size gets to you, opt for the Lexus TX 500h and its rear-wheel-steering system. It’s just the thing to help “shorten” the TX’s turning radius by causing the rear wheels to turn in the opposite direction from the front tires.

The TX 350 strikes a hero’s pose.

Power comes on gradually from the 2.4-liter turbo four. This engine won’t embarrass you on a high speed stretch. It will help you avoid being a hood ornament on that rapidly closing Kenworth truck that will soon be breathing down your neck. Physically, it’s a small engine but like the little engine that could, this is the little engine that does, even while powering such a largish vehicle.

Lexus TX 350 Specifications

2024 Lexus TX 350 AWD Specifications
Engine Type 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
Horsepower 275 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 317 lb-ft @ 1,700 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic transmission
Fuel Economy (Combined/City/Hwy) 24/21/28
Suspension F/R McPherson Strut/Multi-link
Turning Circle 38.7
Also Available Hybrid and Plugin Hybrid electric vehicle
Specs
Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 6 years/70,000 miles
NHTSA Safety Rating Not Rated Yet
Max Seating Capacity 6 or 7 depending on configuration.
Wheelbase 112.2 inches
Overall Length 192.5 inches
Width 75.6 inches
Height 67.3 inches
Cargo Room (Behind 1st, 2nd and 3rd row) 97.0 / 57.4 / 20.2 cubic feet
Headroom, Front 41.4 inches
Headroom, 2nd 38.6 inches
Headroom, 3rd 40.1 inches
Legroom, 1st 41.6 inches
Legroom, 2nd 37..4 inches
Legroom, 3rd 39.5 inches
Shoulder room, 1st row 60.0 inches
Shoulder room, 2nd row 56.5 inches
Shoulder room, 3rd row 59.0 inches

This post was published on April 26, 2024

Mark Elias

I've loved everything on wheels: Trains, Planes and definitely Automobiles. I am constantly in search of the latest in new technology, which makes our lives better each day, but will always respect the classics. You can't continue forward without first taking a look back at where you've been.

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