How Good Can The NX 300 Be?
I had the keys to this NX 300 for a week. Here are my thoughts.
The NX series Lexus has only been around for 5 years and since then, it seems to have taken off pretty well. Designed to compete against the likes of Acura and Infiniti, the NX 300 seems to have its hands full. But, the question for me is this: just how good can the NX 300 actually be? Wouldn't we all like to know? Well let's find out, shall we?
The exterior styling of the NX 300 is a beautiful looking piece of metal with elegant curves and lines. Sadly, the only problem I have with the NX 300 is how the backend is designed. It is as if Lexus ran out of ideas after the rear wheel arches. It is as ugly as ever. It is a shame having how great the NX 300 is designed everywhere else but in the rear. I wish I could tell the team to get back to the drawing board. Whatever you do, just keep looking at the front.
The interior of the NX 300 is designed just as beautifully as the exterior except that there wasn't any stopping the Lexus team from making it look ugly. The leather, wood, plastic, and some metal trim blend well together. The seats are comfortable and offer the support needed. Surprisingly, the rear seating space isn't as small as one could imagine. I could sit behind myself without being uncomfortable. I do have to say I have two complaints. The first being that the heated/ventilated seats are absolutely terrible. Second, the Lexus clock on the dashboard looks as if it is a child's watch that is cheaply made. How do I prove that? The dials look like the same plastic that can be found on a watch out of the "Dollar Store" in the children's aisle. It is like adding orange juice in pancake batter.
Pricing and Options
So, how much does this NX 300 cost? After adding everything up, the total price comes to $51,679. What does that get someone? For safety, the NX 300 comes with lane tracing, road sign assist, pedestrian detection, pre-collision system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, multiple airbags, brake assist with smart stop technology, backup camera, and parking sensors. For comfort and convenience, the NX 300 comes with power tilting and telescoping steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats, sat-nav, premium surround sound speaker system, heated and ventilated seats, shadow wood trim, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities with Bluetooth connectivity, Wi-Fi hotspot, and voice command controls.
Under the hood of the Lexus NX 300 is a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder that produces a mere 235 horsepower that is sent to all four wheels. With my driving habits, I was able to achieve 21 miles to the gallon. The ride comfort really stands out the most when it comes to how well the NX 300 performs. The suspension keeps everything from being dramatic. The steering is light and the braking is sharp as well as it is bitey. Driving long distances is never the issue with the NX 300 either. There are no aches or pains after a long journey. To me, this is really where the NX 300 shined. Zero complaints.
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So, how good can the NX 300 really be? It is only as good as a CSUV can be. Just a pair of wheels attached to a drivetrain to get people from A to B with space to hold up to 5 people. The only people who probably would buy one are the type who are brand loyal. I wouldn't pay $51,000 for this. I would rather get the Stelvio by Alfa Romeo. I'd get the RDX over the NX 300. In the time I had it, it didn't even have much of an affect on me to get me jazzed up about it. The NX 300 is boring and made only for those who are boring.
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