Is The 2017 Lexus NX 300h Right For You?

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Steve Cypher is a contributing writer for CarsDirect.com and Senior Editor for Lotpro.com. When not covering the latest automotive news or reviewing vehicles, Steve calls upon his years of experience selling cars to explain the car buying process and all things subprime at AutoCreditExpress.com.


, Contributing Writer - December 19, 2016

Is the 2017 Lexus NX 300h a good fit for your car-shopping priorities? Especially if you have a smaller family, are looking for luxury, and want an eco-friendly compact crossover SUV, the answer is yes.

We spent a week in the slick compact hybrid crossover from Lexus and come away with these impressions.

Lexus NX 300h

Right for

Family Buyers

Although it's closer to cozy than spacious, there's enough room in back for two teenagers or three smaller children, despite the sloping roofline. The nearly 17 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats will hold luggage for four or about eight grocery bags. The standard infotainment system provides weather and traffic data, automatic collision notification, and live emergency assistance.

Commuting Buyers

An acoustic glass windshield and extensive use of sound insulation add up to a very quiet interior. The ride is well controlled, potholes and road imperfections are handled with ease, and there's plenty of power for passing and merging. Automatic LED headlights are standard, along with automatic climate control, a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and power front seats. Despite a high beltline, front and side visibility are excellent, although reviews of the rear are limited by wide C-pillars and a smallish rear window. There's a standard backup camera to help with that. All-wheel drive is now standard as well.

Green Buyers

The NX 300h has EPA mileage estimates of 33/30/32 city/highway/combined mpg. Those numbers may not match the Prius, but they place the 300h at the top of the small crossover segment (in a tie with the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid). Our observed fuel economy was 28.1 mpg in city driving.

Luxury Buyers

When Lexus first introduced this model we predicted dealers would sell every one they could get their hands on. Slick exterior styling and a stunning interior make it stand out from the crowd. Combine that with the ownership experience and you know why the NX is such a popular choice with luxury buyers.

Lexus NX 300h

Wrong for

Performance Buyers

The words "performance" and "hybrid" typically don't mix, and this holds true with the 300h. There aren't any issues with passing other vehicles or merging into traffic. But a suspension tuned for comfort, a 4,180-pound curb weight, and just 194 horsepower on hand add up to the least performance-oriented NX model.

Single Buyers

Despite its slick looks and smaller size, the fun-to-drive factor is definitely missing, and a crossover this size is harder to park, especially in the city, than a comparably sized sedan or hatchback. Still, if you're hell bent on getting one and you're single, the NX 200t F Sport is the one we'd pick.

Budget Buyers

The NX 300h starts at $39,720 (plus destination), enough to clearly knock it out of contention for budget buyers With options such as a Luxury and Navigation package and a collision mitigation system, our evaluation vehicle had an MSRP of $50,505.

Safety Tech Buyers

Blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are standard. However, a pre-collision system with adaptive cruise control is a $900 standalone option The rest of the Lexus Safety System+, which includes pedestrian detection and lane keeping assist, is not available on the NX at any price.

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Lexus NX 300h

, Contributing Writer

Steve Cypher is a contributing writer for CarsDirect.com and Senior Editor for Lotpro.com. When not covering the latest automotive news or reviewing vehicles, Steve calls upon his years of experience selling cars to explain the car buying process and all things subprime at AutoCreditExpress.com.