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The NX is a pleasant compact luxury SUV. Handling is responsive, and the ride is firm.
The cabin is quiet. The NX 300's 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder provides ample acceleration and delivers 24 mpg overall. The NX 300h hybrid gets an impressive 29 mpg overall, but it feels underpowered and tends to be noisy during acceleration or hill climbing. Snazzy details lend the interior a high-tech appeal and anime style, but the cockpit is snug. Elbow room is a bit tight, and the styling compromises rear visibility and crimps cargo space. The fussy touchpad that's used to interact with the infotainment screen is frustrating and distracting to operate. The freshened 2020 model has improved ride comfort. Automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning with lane keeping assistance are standard. Blind spot warning is optional, however.
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2015-2019
2015 Redesign Year
Lexus finally enters the luxury compact SUV market with the Toyota RAV4-based NX. Lexus's first turbo engine, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic, works well and delivers 24 mpg overall.
The NX 300h hybrid uses a 194-hp engine with a CVT, and its 29 mpg overall makes it the most fuel efficient SUV we've ever tested. The NX delivers a sportier, less cushy driving experience than the larger RX. The interior is adorned with nice stitching but some cheap touches are evident, and the cabin is very tight, with compromised visibility. The dash gets a multipurpose center screen controlled by a fussy touchpad that requires a distracting level of focus to manipulate.
$30,075 - $34,475
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$26,600 - $30,800
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$22,825 - $28,100
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$20,700 - $25,325
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$19,475 - $22,775
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