Everything is bigger in Texas! And, the national debut of the Lexus TX follows suit. Our wave’s ride and drive was suitably held in the capital of the Lone Star State–Austin.
Hosted at the magnificent Four Seasons Hotel Austin, it defined Hometown Love as an incredible place to live, work, and relax with ample shopping within an arm’s reach of its entrance. Upon check-in, we were furnished with an eco-conscious wooden room key card. It provided us with unparalleled access to our balcony suite with breaktaking city views, a massive Samsung TV, a steam shower for two, and a rollaway bed if needed. Further, the luxurious lodge presented the Key of Fall–a live music lineup at the lobby bar as well as a pleathora of playground activities: ping pong, cornhole, and giant Jenga. At nightfall, the backyard trees were roped in white LED lights, creating magical moments with new friends. Or, guests can sway in hammocks or relax in Adirondack chairs while they count constellations. Moreover, Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL), Congress Bridge Bats, and Formula 1 racing is a brisk walk away. We took advantage of the hiking and biking trails behind the resort, leading to the Lady Bird Lake. Additionally, you can partake in poolside sips and light bites in a cabana while sunbathing. After a salt water pool dip, we headed to the 24-hour fitness facility.
During the day, 360® enjoyed an afternoon picnic at Lake Austin. We hopped in our Lexus TX 350 Luxury with our Four Seasons branded basket and blanket for twenty-two miles. Upon arrival, we were greeted by water sports enthusiasts to take part in a half-day of kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. We clamped our JBL Clip 3 portable Bluetooth speaker to the life vest, blasting Tems single, Me & U.
Within the driver-focused cabin, based on the Tuzuna Concept, it takes the reins with faithful controllability. 360® ‘Experienced Amazing’ within the sanctuary of the Lexus TX 350 Luxury AWD model, estimated at $69,814 MSRP. Nevertheless, the infotainment system seems to be increasing in brains and Braun. With a 14-inch touchscreen, sophisticated driver’s assist platform, 21-speaker Mark Levinson, it’s probably one of the best offerings in competitive set. As usual, it continues to boast Android Auto and CarPlay.
Its flamboyant spirit and silhouette, at first glance, are comparable to the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. A design configuration that allows 7 guests of all sizes access to the 10-way power folding third-row seating without sacrificing ergonomics. Unfortunately, customer feedback on its sibling, the RXL, wasn’t pleasant. However, the ventilated leather captain seats prevent your tush from slipping and sliding around the cockpit. And, it’s third-row actually has enough room for an average sized adult rather than an average sized pet. TX 550h + plug-in hybrid offers additional muscle but in this fear driven socioeconomic patriarchal new world order, our TX 350 model was more than enough as many newage customers are learning to live below their means while understanding the true value of frugality. Lastly, the large panoramic moonroof allows more light, making the interior appear clean and clear.
PERFORMANCE + PRICE
TX 350 pricing starts at $58,450 FWD for premium to $60,050 AWD for luxury package. As always, the Lexus DNA continues to offer a plethora of powertrains, including TX 550h F-Sport AWD ($69,350 – $72,650). It’s perched on the 22’s while pushing 275 to 366 horses, achieving 0-60 in 6 secs with a top track speed of approximately 112 mph. Furhermore, it’s well-equipped: adaptive drive train, 5000lb tow capacity, and 20.3 cubic square feet of cargo.
To put it simply, the Lexus TX 350 Luxury is the ideal vehicle for busy families and Gen Y. Why? The benchmark for luxury SUVs in its market segment will be set by its overall curb appeal, performance, and intuitive interface. And let’s not forget, it’s made in America.