But instead of trying to fight Rivian's R1S, Tesla's Model X, or Kia's EV9, the Japanese auto brand decided to stick with fossil fuel-powered drivetrains. Not giving EVs a proper chance may prove an unwise decision, given that gas is pretty pricey in some parts of the US. Still, it could pay off. Problems with fast-charging networks and the novelty EVs bring to the table are still negative factors that new car buyers point out when deciding whether to go on the zero-tailpipe emission route or stick with gas-powered vehicles.
If you're among those in need of a new family hauler, the Lexus TX is here to convince you that it should be in your driveway. With restrained styling, three rows of seats, decent cargo space, interesting powertrain choices, and a familiar yet contemporary interior, the vehicle is shaping up as a very attractive offer.
Couple all that with the renowned Japanese dependability and the fact that it's made in the US, and you almost have a winner.
Looking at the official numbersBut cars cost money, and things are not looking very good for our current economy. So, let's see what damage a spanking-new TX will inflict on your finances.
Lexus offers an interesting selection of powertrains. Depending on the preferred trim, customers can enjoy a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 275 hp, a 2.4-liter hybrid with 366 hp, and a 3.5-liter V6 with 406 hp that's part of a plug-in hybrid assembly, which means you'll enjoy around 33 miles of pure EV driving.
The TX 350 opens the list with all the basics and costs $55,050 in front-wheel-drive form. If you want to send power to all the wheels, add another $1,600.
Next up is the TX 350 Premium. This trim adds a panoramic glass roof, heated and ventilated front seats, and power-folding third-row seats. The MSRP is $58,450 or $60,050 if you want it with all-wheel drive.
Dads and moms who like to spice things up a bit can pick the TX 500H F Sport Performance Premium. It has adaptive variable suspension and all-wheel drive. It's going to be a tough choice, though! Its MSRP is $69,350.
The king of the castle is the TX 500H F Sport Performance Luxury that adds a heated steering wheel, perforated leather-trimmed interior, and a 21-speaker Mark Levinson sound system. The price tag says $72,650, and we now want to start looking elsewhere.
We're nearing BMW and Mercedes-Benz territory at this point. The X5 and the GLE may not have seating for seven, but they're part of an upper echelon and offer a different driving experience plus extra social prestige.
Shaping our mobility's destinyAll the above figures do not include handling, so throw in an extra $1,350 for good measure.
But wait a minute! There's a Mazda CX-90 in town. Its starting cost is $39,595. Another Japanese brand is screaming from the other side of the room to take a look at its lineup, and, after making sure we're seeing clearly, there it was – the Honda Pilot with its V6 engine and a starting price of $37,090.
It might be challenging to settle for the Lexus badge and an in-line four-cylinder powerplant when two rivals offer an in-line six-banger and a V6 mill for their entry-level units. But it's not always about the engine. Customers might also want that specific styling and comfort only a Lexus can offer.
It will be complicated to figure out which vehicle is the best bang for your buck. But, at the end of the day, it's up to you to decide. The great thing is that we have many choices regarding three-row SUVs that aren't priced above the $100,000 threshold.