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Based on the Toyota RAV4, the compact NX delivers a less opulent driving experience than the typical Lexus. Handling is responsive, but the ride is more firm than cosseting and cabin noise isn't particularly hushed. The NX 200t's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder works well and delivers 24 mpg overall. The NX 300h hybrid returns 29 mpg overall, making it one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs we've ever tested, but it feels a bit underpowered. Snazzy details lend the interior some appeal, but a number of cheap touches remain. Front cabin room is tight, and the styling compromises rear visibility and crimps cargo space. The infotainment system's fussy touchpad is frustrating and distracting to use when driving. Reliability has been well above average.

Road Test

The Lexus recipe for success: Hide the Toyota mass-market roots under the Lexus logo by filling a car with amenities and luxury trappings, a more supple ride, and a quiet, soothing cabin. Even a pro can't sniff out the Camry beneath an ES sedan. But...

Highs

  • Lexus' reputation of reliability
  • At 29 mpg overall, the NX 300h hybrid gets the highest fuel economy of any luxury SUV

Lows

  • Lousy visibility, especially to the rear and sides
  • Annoying touchpad infotainment/navigation system controls

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While the NX 300h gets excellent fuel economy, it feels and sounds underpowered and gets rather expensive. The NX 200t might drink more fuel, but it is considerably more pleasing to drive. Either way, make sure you get the optional blind-spot detection system. Skipping navigation brings a si...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 6 year/70,000 miles
  • Rust through: 6 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 4 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (235 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 hybrid (194 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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