The compact NX delivers a less opulent driving experience than the typical Lexus. Handling is responsive, but the ride is rather firm and cabin noise isn't particularly hushed. The NX 300'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 fussy touchpad used for most controls is frustrating and distracting to use. The Lexus Safety System+ is standard and includes automatic emergency braking and lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist. Blind-spot monitoring is optional.