If you want a modern luxury vehicle that blends style and high-tech convenience with the economy and sustainability of hybrid technology, look no further than the Lexus NX 300h. With four highly desirable variants and lots of clever design features the Lexus NX 300h is bound to be a five-seater SUV that satisfies many drivers.
As hybrid technology is comparatively recent in the big scale of things, although it’s come a long way and is much more common today compared with 10 years ago, this is one of the most outstanding features of the Lexus NX 300h. The engine in question is a 2.5-litre inline 4 coupled with a high output series-parallel 244-volt electrical motor. The result is smooth delivery of 147 kW of power and 210 Nm of torque for a combined fuel economy figure of 5.7 L/100 km. You can maximise either the power or the fuel economy thanks to the Drive Mode Selection function, where you can opt for extra oomph and acceleration in Sport mode, or for maximum frugality with Eco Mode. CVT technology (continuously variable transmission – not to be confused with CVVT or continuously variable valve timing) also gives you the best of six-speed sequential shifting transmission, allowing you to get the best out of your engine.
As mentioned above, there are four variants of Lexus NX 300h. These are the 2WD Luxury, the 4WD Luxury, the AWD Sports Luxury and the super-sporty AWD F-Sport. However, there are a number of features that are common to all four.
All variants of the Lexus NX 300h share the same attractive exterior looks, especially the very distinctive lines along the side that angle into the tail-lights, giving this SUV a look that’s dynamic and distinctive. A roofline spoiler, body coloured front bumpers and door handles, LED headlights and fog lights combine to add their touches of sporty pizzazz and style. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels see the Lexus NX 300h sitting pretty on the road, and the comprehensive stability control/braking package will make sure that it says there (this package includes EBD, traction control, brake assist and vehicle stability control). The independent, MacPherson strut suspension with lower arms, coil springs, gas dampers and stabilizer bar in the front and the independent, trailing-arm double wishbone suspension with coil springs, gas dampers and stabilizer bar in the rear add up to plenty of on-road comfort and a good ride – and this can be turned up another notch with the sports suspension tuning found in the F-Sport and AWD Sports Luxury variants of the Lexus NX 300h (the suspension in the F-Sport is extra special!).
Driver aids and interior comforts found in all four variants of the Lexus NX 300h include the dual-zone air conditioning, the satellite navigation system, heated bucket seats in the front, Bluetooth preparation, a 10-speaker sound system, hill start assistance, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, a rear parking camera, dusk-sensing headlights, parking assistance and push-button starting for the engine. With all this being available in even the lowliest variant of the Lexus NX 300h, the 2WD Luxury, you might wonder what the other variants can do to improve on this. The honest answer would have to be “not a big lot”.
But there are still some differences. Obviously, one of the things thrown in by the AWD variants is four-paw capacity. This is about the only difference between the AWD Luxury and the 2WD Luxury. The F-Sport throws in a blind spot monitor, lumbar support for the driver, leather accents in the interior, and memory function for the exterior mirrors (all of which are also found in the AWD Sports Luxury variant), and the active variable suspension, which is unique to the F-Sport. The AWD Sports Luxury has it all (i.e. everything that the others have got), plus a moonroof, a pre-collision safety system, a heads-up display, and a lane departure system.
In fact, you could say that the Lexus NX 300h has it all: hybrid technology, good on-road performance and behaviour, distinctive looks with flair, and plenty of bells and whistles. Perfect!
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