Those seeking an SUV with excellent fuel economy, but demanding quality and style, should give the Lexus NX 300h a look. This vehicle is a gas-sipping hybrid, but has many of the fancy features expected from a luxury brand.
This is the F-Sport version, which is loaded with everything, as in no options. Modern safety gadgets include lane track assist, pedestrian detection, radar cruise control, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, brake assist with smart stop tech, and lane depart alert.
For luxury, the vehicle boasts leather trim, power goodies, sport tuned suspension, cornering lamps, 18-inch sport wheels, heated steering wheel, and eight-speaker premium sound.
To provide top fuel economy figures, a 2.5-liter engine connected to three electric motors, with total output of 194 horsepower, is under the hood. Fuel economy is listed at 33 mpg city, 30 highway, and 31 overall. There are three drive modes: economy, normal and sport, selected by a round control knob.
We spent a week driving this SUV all over the state. It is a great highway cruiser, with comfortable ride, and low wind noise. This makes it a nice city commuter as well. Our real-world fuel economy ranged from 26/30 mpg.
While the 300h F-Sport is a nice ride, it’s also an expensive one at $47,835. This compares to the nonhybrid NX 300 at $37,000. But at this price, we get a true Japanese luxury machine made in the Lexus factory in Miyawaka, Fukuoka, Japan. This explains the superb quality control we observed.
This 300h shows drivers can reap the benefits of hybrid fuel economy, without sacrificing luxury, quality or style. It’s an excellent choice for those who can afford the entry fee.