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NX 300h: Fun, efficient and sharp
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Gary M.
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2015 Lexus NX 300h SUV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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If you like the aggressive styling, you'll definitely enjoy driving the NX. I'm a former RX owner and the NX will appeal to those who liked the size and style of the previous RX models. The NX is roomy enough to be useful while still offering a good garage fit. At approximately 2,000 miles on the odo, I'm averaging about 30 mpg in mixed daily driving. RIDE: The NX is sure-footed with a comfortable ride. The rear wheels are electrically powered and only engage when needed. CABIN/COMFORT: The cabin is fairly quiet although the CVT is surprisingly loud... something that might be improved with better sound baffling in future model years, if Lexus is listening to owners. Seats are firm; back seat headroom is terrific for adult passengers. OPTIONS: My NX is pretty well-equipped (luxury package with triple-beam LED headlights). However, my last vehicle, a terrific Toyota Avalon Limited Hybrid, had a few nice features (such as automatic collision avoidance and a few other niceties) not yet offered by the NX. But I traded up for the cargo capacity and AWD. In summary, the NX 300h is not just a head-turner; it's a solid performer that delivers nearly everything you expect from a Lexus. I do suggest test-driving the new RX before testing the NX, just to understand the difference in the price points and driving experience. I also suggest testing different NX models, including the turbo and F-Sport. I felt the NX hybrid was the right fit for my needs and I can highly recommend it.


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SUV that gets 30mpg and can handle like a car!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By David
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2015 Lexus NX 300h SUV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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Ok, was looking for a hybrid SUV. Green was the emphasis for the purchase. Sedans can be green without the hybrid (the CO2 emitted per mile in a Camry is less than some souped up hyrbids). Also, when your car is stopped, it's just nice no to emit CO2. Toyota makes real hybrids (ones where the battery can boost up city driving mpg) and pioneered much of the technology. Our only real choices were the Nx300h, the Rx450h, or the RAV4 Hybrid. BMW makes a X5 plug in hybrid and Ford used to make an escape hybrid, but the X5 was too expensive acutely and the Escape Hybrid is no more.

That being said, I would have gone for the RAV4 but the interior is nowhere near that for it's cousing NX300h Lexus (although it has more camera angles).

Ok, back to the car, it performs as advertized -- we are getting between 29-33 MPG in 80% city driving. It handles great and the safety stuff like blind spot monitoring, pre-collision assist, and radar guided cruise control are pretty great.

The car is really whisper quiet. (*Acceleration however has a drone, but it's not that bad but sort of unexpected in a Lexus).

Handling is actually a bit more sedan like than the RX we gave up. Seats are bit tighter too than the RX -- but it's a smaller car.

Suspension and road feel are classic Lexus.

My big qualm is the cost -- which it was not $5000 more versus a comprable nx200 to save gas and hurt the environment less.

This car gets an easy 5-stars if they charged less for it.

But, the ride is really quite good, the handling excellent, and luxury is strong. The new RX is bigger than the previous or we might have bought that with all the new safety and technology features, but they no longer make that 2012-2015 style.

To complain of some almost unnoticeable acceleration compromises in an SUV that emits 276 grams of CO2 per mile (less than a Toyota Corrolla at 287 grams of CO2 per mile) seems besides the point.

It's hard to ease your carbon footprint and be an SUV this luxurious other than for the nx300h. For comparison, note the nx200 emits 368 grams of CO2 per mile.

Sad this technology is not incentivized more. Perhaps the government will at some point though.


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It drives like a car.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By debra buelow
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2015 Lexus NX 300h SUV 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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I don't want to feel every little bump in the road. It felt cramped. I had a couple of Prius' and the interior felt larger. Sure looks sharp, tho.


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Sporty drive option in NX 300h
6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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By Satya Yarramsetty
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2015 Lexus NX 300h SUV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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It has very good interior design. I own NX 300h for 4 months. In fact I ordered it November and I got it during March. I had my friends bought non lexus brands. They all liked mine. Two people said..driver cabin is just like "cockpit". My niece is 7 year old and he liked it very much, and whenever he rides, he asks me to choose the drive mode in "SPORT". It is very big difference. You feel the drive is so easy with comfort and nice pick up. It is our first Lexus and first Hybrid. All of my family members are very proud of it.


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Waited a year for the NX to arrive
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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By socaldriver15
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2015 Lexus NX 300h SUV 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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I had been looking for a compact SUV for about a year and test drove pretty much everything on the market. I had been driving a 2001 Lexus RX300 and really loved that car and did not want the larger footprint of the newer RX models. My ideal car would be the layout of the old RX300 with updated electronics and slightly sportier handling, with the comfort typical of lexus and toyota seating. The new NX was the closest I could find to my ideal car. It has a footprint closer to the old RX than to the new RX and has sportier handling than the new RX. It can park in the compact spots in my parking garage at work although it is a tight fit.


Best Features

One of my favorite features of the NC300h is the cool seat feature. Being warm in SoCal it is lovely to be able to get into the car and have cool air blowing on my neck when I'm driving. I use this feature most of the time in the summer and it is a better cool seat than other models I have test driven. I also like the seat comfort.


Worst Features

I wish the seats were slightly wider as I have wide hips but overall the seats are one of the most comfortable on the market. I wish there were a little more trunk space but overall this car works really well for me.


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