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How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2024 Lexus TX 350?

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The verdict: The 2024 Lexus TX 350 is a new three-row SUV that has seats for six or seven occupants, depending on how it’s configured. For this Car Seat Check, we tested a version with second-row captain’s chairs and a two-seat third row for a total of six seats. (Second-row seating can be either captain’s chairs or a bench seat.) Loads of second-row legroom and easy-access lower anchors helped the TX 350 earn high scores.

Does it fit three car seats? No.

Take a look at how the Latch system and each car seat scored below in our Car Seat Check of the 2024 Lexus TX 350.

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A Grade

  • Latch: In the second row, the two sets of lower anchors are exposed for easy connection. Two top tether anchors sit midway down the seatbacks. They’re clearly marked, but the anchors themselves are buried in the seatback carpet.
  • Infant: This seat was easy to install, and our 5-foot-6-inch front passenger had good legroom in front of it.
  • Rear-facing convertible: As with the infant seat, the rear-facing convertible went in with ease, and we didn’t have any front-passenger legroom problems.
  • Third-row Latch: The two sets of lower anchors sit in slits in the seat upholstery; they’re easy to access. Two top tether anchors sit midway down the seatbacks. As with the second row, they’re clearly marked, but the anchors themselves are buried in the seatback carpet.
  • Third-row access: The second-row seats slide easily via a button on the seat near the head restraint; there are also levers on the seat bottom as well as on the seatback for the third-row folks to use. The opening is large. Passengers can also climb between the captain’s chairs to access the third row.
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B Grade

  • Forward-facing convertible: In the second row, we removed the head restraint to situate the convertible flush against the seatback. While we had no trouble connecting to the lower anchors, the top tether anchor is buried in the seatback carpet and requires a bit of digging to connect.
  • Booster: Again, we removed the head restraint for a flush fit against the seatback. The booster fit well, but the second-row buckles sink into pockets in the seat upholstery, making them tougher for kids to grasp and use independently.
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C Grade

  • Third-row forward-facing convertible: The third-row head restraints flip down when the seat folds but don’t adjust or come out. This prevents the convertible from sitting flush against the seatback. The lower anchors are easy to find and use, but the top tether anchor is buried in the seatback carpet.
  • Third-row booster: As with the forward-facing convertible, the third row’s head restraint interfered with the booster’s fit. Also, the third row’s floppy buckles sink into a pocket in the upholstery, making them tough for little hands to find and use independently.
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Grading Scale

A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn’t impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row.

B: One room, fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing the third row when available.

C: Marginal room plus one fit or connection issue. Difficult to access the third row when available.

D: Insufficient room, plus multiple fit or connection issues.

F: Does not fit or is unsafe.

About Cars.com’s Car Seat Checks

Editors Jennifer Geiger and Jennifer Newman are certified child safety seat installation technicians.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Chicco KeyFit 30 infant-safety seat, a Graco Contender 65 convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a shorter passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver’s seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.

We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row’s middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there’s a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. Learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks.

Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.

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News Editor Jennifer Geiger joined the automotive industry in 2003, much to the delight of her Corvette-obsessed dad. Jennifer is an expert reviewer, certified car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats — many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer Geiger

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