2024 Lexus TX: A Promising Entry into the Three-Row Crossover Market
Lexus is finally entering the three-row crossover market with the 2024 Lexus TX, their first product designed exclusively for North America. This spacious SUV is built to cater to the demands of premium car shoppers who are seeking comfort, smoothness, and competent handling. As I had the opportunity to test-drive a pre-production prototype of the TX, I can confidently say that it will deliver on these expectations and transfer the key attributes of its platform-mate, the RX, to a larger scale.
The design of the TX is notable for its subtle changes to the polarizing spindle grille that has become a trademark of Lexus vehicles since 2013. The trapezoidal grille now features horizontal, body-color slats, and the angular headlights and hood give it a more refined look. The overall design is an evolution of the Lexus aesthetic, with a traditional pillar and square rear quarter window reminiscent of their GX model. The interior of the TX is spacious and well-appointed, featuring high-quality materials and Lexus’ excellent new 12.3-inch infotainment system.
Under the hood, the TX is powered by a turbocharged 2.4-liter inline-four engine, delivering a reasonable 275 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. It comes standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available as an option. Additionally, Lexus will offer hybrid options, including a TX 500h model with an electric motor for a combined output of 366 horsepower and a plug-in hybrid TX 550h+ model with a 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 406 horsepower.
During my test drive, I found the base engine to be energetic, with the eight-speed automatic transmission shifting smoothly and crisply. The turbo lag was minimal and easily manageable, although the engine noise did become noticeable during hard driving. In terms of handling, the TX prototype felt comfortable but not particularly sporty. It favored a gentler, composed driving experience over aggressive cornering, which should suit its target audience of luxury SUV buyers just fine. The ride quality was excellent, with the TX absorbing bumps and road imperfections with ease.
Overall, the 2024 Lexus TX shows great promise as a three-row crossover. With its spacious interior, impressive tech features, and a variety of hybrid options, it has the potential to be a strong competitor in a segment currently dominated by the Acura MDX. While it might be a late arrival to the market, Lexus has put considerable effort into ensuring the TX meets the expectations of their loyal customers. Stay tuned for a more comprehensive review from Motor1 for a closer look at the TX’s real-world performance and driving impressions.