With very good gas mileage for its class, a roomy interior and good driving manners, the 2017 Lexus NX 300h hybrid is a sensible small luxury SUV, but its optional multimedia interface is maddening.
Versus the competition:
With an EPA-estimated 33/30/31 mpg city/highway/combined, the 2017 NX 300h is the most efficient compact luxury SUV you can buy, but competitors offer richer cabin materials and easier-to-use multimedia systems.
Lexus revolutionized the luxury SUV class with its mid-size crossover RX, which debuted for the 1999 model year. The Japanese luxury brand didn't have a compact luxury SUV, however, until just a few years ago, when it launched the 2015 NX. The Lexus NX is offered as the NX 200t, with a turbocharged gas engine, and the NX 300h gas-electric hybrid. Because it has no direct hybrid competitors, the 300h competes against gas-only models like the Acura RDX, BMW X3 and Lincoln MKC. See their specs compared here.
The 2017 NX 300h is available only with all-wheel drive and has a starting price of $40,695, including a $975 destination charge. Optional features brought the as-tested price of the... Read More