Earlier this month, we reviewed Lexus’ NX 200t F Sport. Now, we offer a look at its hybrid brother, the NX 300h. The car brand continues their commit to the environment with the unveiling of their sixth hybrid vehicle, the most amongst all luxury brands.
While the hybrid iteration has enough juice to keep drivers engaged and content on the road, the difference in power is noticeable. The NX 300h features a reworked 2AR-FXE 2.5 Liter gasoline engine, highlighted by a water-to-oil electric drive motor cooler. It should also be stated Lexus’ new P314 transmission offers a kick-down function for those seeking the familiar feel and power of a gasoline vehicle.
Lexus engineers made it a point to ensure balanced weight distribution through the splitting of the hybrid battery into two 44 lb. halves. Additionally, the NX 300h hybrid offers a unique E-Four AWD system with an electric motor to drive the rear axle when required.
The NX 200t’s interior is all luxury, with some of the finest leather we’ve seen. The model introduces Lexus’ new Remote Touch Interface (RTI) with a custom touch pad and comprehensive Multi-Information Display. A Qi Wireless Charging Tray was an added bonus sure to please many.
Exterior-wise, the NX 300h is sharp, classy and sporty. In fact, it’s hard to believe the NX 300h is even a hybrid.
Lexus builds on their legacy of safety with the inclusion of Whiplash-Injury Lessening Front Seats, Impact-Absorbing Structure, and eight SRS Airbags. Additionally, the NX’s available Lane Departure Alert System warns drivers who are about to veer out of its lane. The Pre Collision System (PCS) detects approaching vehicles prompting a buzzer alert. Lastly, the NX 300h also employs an ECB-R electronically controlled braking system that’s both practical and efficient.
The Lexus NX is poised to take the luxury car market by surprise, and that’s a good thing. The luxurious and environmentally conscious SUV checks in with the right balance of power and eco-friendliness. While no official MSRP is available at press time, the NX is expected to drive off lots with a sticker price ranging from the high $30,000 to low $40,000 mark.
Special thanks to Lexus, who provided us with the vehicle, housing and travel accommodations for this review.