Drive Notes: 2024 Lexus TX

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Welcome back to Drive Notes -- a recurring feature in which I give you a few brief notes on what I am driving or have driven recently.

Up today: The 2024 Lexus TX 350.


As usual, we'll do this pro and con style.

Pros

  • The infotainment system that Toyota/Lexus moved to recently is easy to use and easy to read. Toyota went from having one of the worst, most outdated systems to having one of the better ones.
  • There are cool little touches throughout, such as little lights in the gauge cluster that light up when you tap the brakes.
  • The large knobs for radio and HVAC are appreciated.
  • There is the usual level of Lexus comfort, except for one thing -- see the "cons" section.
  • It's roomy.
  • There a relatively decent amount of grunt from the 2.4-liter turbocharged four cylinder. You can feel the 317 lb-ft of torque.
  • While the handling is still on par for a large three-row, it's a bit better than I'd expect. The ride is nice but otherwise unremarkable.

Cons

  • Although the controls are laid out logically and Lexus uses touchscreen controls for a fair amount of functions, there was still a "busy" feel to the inside.
  • The engine was heard a bit more than is usual in Lexus products. It was far from obnoxious -- it was maybe a tad more noise than I've experienced in the aging GX -- but it was noticeable.
  • The start/stop button is in a weird place.
  • While there's decent grunt, the TX is also heavy and it feels like it.
  • With the third row up, there's little room for luggage or groceries.

This is a pretty solid effort and definitely a nice, luxurious take on the Toyota Grand Highlander. It's unremarkable but packaged well enough that Lexus will likely sell plenty.

[Images: Lexus]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Chiefmonkey Chiefmonkey on Feb 14, 2024

    Looks like Toyota has borrowed from the playbook of 1990's GM. This is badge engineering the old fashioned way!

  • Chiefmonkey Chiefmonkey on Feb 15, 2024

    Also, I really feel as though a brand with the heritage of Lexus should come up with better names for its vehicles than "TX."

  • Jkross22 I know this is TTAC, but shouldn't the US government and the politicians we elect be more focused on more pressing issues? I'll just spitball a few, less politically charged ones for fun..... Why can't the FAA hold Boeing and the airlines accountable for flying planes with bolts that don't come undone and wings that don't fall apart? What about crime and homelessness and inflation and cost of secondary education at public colleges and trade schools? Yeah, yeah, we don't want the Chinese to run over domestic car makers. Go tell Ford and GM. They've contributed to the concern. Is Stellantis even considered domestic anymore? Aren't they French or Italian or Bolivian?
  • Analoggrotto Alan's dream vehicle in the Heavens of Oz where they blow kangaroos and dingos all day long while listening to Obama speeches on repeat.
  • MrIcky Worrying about mileage is for poors.
  • ToolGuy A 'true' Volvo (pre Ford Motor Company). I would buy this and drive it for 3 years until I can get one of them 'Chinese' EV things. But I'm offering $1,850 against your $3,700 because you couldn't be bothered to pull it outside for pictures. 😉 And I will stick close to home with this one -- no road trips.In related news (Relevant and Connected!!): My new dishwasher is Swedish -- little outfit called Frigidaire, you may have heard of them. (On order, should be here in March)
  • CKNSLS Sierra SLT Let me get this straight-It's OK for GM to make cars in China and ship them here-under a Buick name. But for the Chinese to directly do it is not OK.If the Big 3 had not a deserted sedans/low end of the market they wouldn't have anything to worry about.Yea...makes perfect sense.
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