i ha a toyota sienna for many years,i was very happy with it,but was time to downsize.we got lexus nx 300 ,very cute ,elegant,but even we had a test drive[the test drive is fast and short]didn't realize how noisy is .yes the car fills like is made of cardboard,everything from outside;[the tires,the engine,the wind ]is very loud,nothing like Toyota Sienna,even this is a luxury car and only 1mo old
I just returned from a 2,400 mile road trip in my new Lexus NX300 AWD SUV. The car delivered a respectable 25.6 mpg combined city and highway driving. I found the NX300 front seats were exceptionally comfortable and the NX delivered an overall tranquil smooth ride; but, the NX interior falls short on being a practical SUV. Four adults going on a long trip are hard pressed due to the hemmed in cabin and cargo space. Four standard 30” suit cases (the largest case airlines will check), will not fit in the back cargo space,
“Upgrading” from a 2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited to a 2018 Lexus NX300 has been a disappointment. Both cars are built off the same platform, but the NX300 has less cabin room and cargo space. The Rear seating is tighter in the NX 300; especially, in the middle seat. The NX is basically a four-seat car. The Rear visibility and head room is less in the NX, and driver seat entering and exiting is a head banging experience. The NX has a power seat easy access system (the driver seat automatically lowers and pulls back on ignition shut off), but it crushes the rear seat occupant. Also, the center console is overly wide, giving the driver a hemmed in feeling. This car is not for six-footers.
Cabin road noise is about the same in both the RAV4 and NX thought the Lexus does have a slightly smoother ride and beefier engine. Though the peppier engine comes at a hidden long-term cost: it uses premium gas (91 octane) which isn’t openly presented. Premium gas can cost an extra $.70 to $.90 cents per gallon in most areas.
Most of the control buttons on the NX are an ergonomic mess. Some are below the steering wheel level that are hard to see; while others, on the dashboard center cluster sit directly in the sun light. The greenish yellow LED lights on/off positions cannot be differentiated on sunny days.
The NX300 touch pad infotainment/ navigation system is a challenge to learn and use. If you’re cell phone or computer “challenged”, this is not the car for you. Be prepared to spend hours reading the owner manuals. It’s interesting Toyota has moved Lexus to extremely computer-type controls that may appeal to the younger driver, who generally cannot afford a luxury car; and, has abandoned simplicity preferred by the older driver who can afford a luxury car.
Be prepared to increase your monthly car payments, in the future, if you want to keep your “LEXUS EXPERIENCE”. Besides the free trial subscription period for satellite radio there are three other free trail subscriptions for 1) remote start, 2) navigation system and 3) Wi-Fi (Verizon only). The remote start feature works off a downloaded app on your smart cell phone. Each “advanced “ feature will cost $8.00 a month if kept. This isn’t openly presented either.
I feel The NX300 interior kills this car on being considered a luxury car. The interior falls short on being engaging, innovative, unique, spacious or practical. Four people cannot take this nice riding vehicle on a long ride trip, or even to the airport, because of the hemmed in cargo space the exterior design creates.
SIT IN THE DIFFERENT SEATS FOR A LONG TIME BEFORE YOU PURCHASE THIS VEHICLE! It is not a family vehicle or SUV, or a personal use vehicle for a large person!
This was a jump from what we normally buy. It's our first into the luxury market. Wish we did it sooner. Make sure you buy from a dealer you may service with. The Lexus relationship so far has been above expectation.