Talking Cars 331: Driving the 2022 Lexus NX

Plus the pros and cons of Tesla Model 3s as rental cars

Main themes: We give our first impressions of the 2022 Lexus NX. It looks similar on the outside to earlier models, but do a number of interior updates and a wider range of powertrains make this a more appealing SUV? We also discuss the pros and cons of Hertz’s recent announcement to purchase 100,000 Tesla Model 3s for its rental fleet.

Driven this week: 2022 Lexus NX

Audience questions:

  • With so many wildfires in recent years, are there things I should be aware of to avoid starting one?
  • How long do I need to warm up my car before hitting the highway?
  • Should I remove surface rust from under my car?
  • When I have a load in my pickup, people flash their headlights at me even though I’m using my low-beam headlights. What can I do? 
Talking Cars 331 panel
'Talking Cars' panelists Alex Knizek, Jen Stockburger, and Ryan Pszczolkowski.

Photo: Consumer Reports Photo: Consumer Reports

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Jen Stockburger

I never anticipated that engineering, the auto industry, and a few hundred tire changes and child seat installations would have brought me here: director of day-to-day operations at Consumer Report's fabulous 327-acre Auto Test Center. The bonus is that the track's location in rural Connecticut leaves me close enough to home to also enjoy my children and husband while still squeezing in time for gardening, riding horses, and hunting for antiques.