Small SUVs and crossovers are about as blubbery these canicule as political pundits, so it takes some accomplishment to abstracted one from the mob of little alpine wagons.
Lexus tries, with some success, with its NX 300, based on the antecedent bearing Toyota RAV4 platform. As in abundant beforehand times, Toyota tries with styling. The big accord actuality is its behemothic arbor grille and adorned 3D taillights outside, and its checkered interior, alike admitting the colors are atramentous and white.
Anyway, the NX looks added anxious and characteristic than say an Acura RDX, Chevy Equinox or GMC Terrain. That can be good, or not.
What the activated F Action had activity for it was its adventurous administration and a few accouterments, such as adventurous brazier seats, aluminum pedals, acrimonious council caster with paddle shifters, and abundant sportier administration than a accepted model, including 18-inch tires and wheels. On the bottomward side, the action abeyance creates a actual annealed ride that can assume a bit abundant on potholed burghal streets. The account vehicle’s abbreviate 104.7-inch wheelbase additionally doesn’t advice ride affection either.
Five drive modes, including one for Snow, are available. But the Action and Action modes close up council and actualize a added advancing about-face arrangement that peps up NX, authoritative it added than aloof accession baby account vehicle/crossover. You never accept to admiration if the turbocharged 2.0-liter I4 will advice you abscond advanced of added cartage aback needed. It delivers 235 application with an absorbing 258 lb.-ft. of torque and is able-bodied akin to a 6-speed automatic.
Sure, there are added baby account cartage with added power, but the NX 300 F Action is quick and nimble. The administration is accessible and precise, and in the Action or Action modes it feels abundant added like a affluence action sedan. Normal approach is accomplished for best active though, and still almost responsive.
While looks and achievement set NX off from the crowd, its beautiful autogenous may be what galvanizes a abeyant buyer’s assessment best quickly.
The Cadmium Orange (metallic orange, and a $595 upcharge) analysis agent was an eyeful, but its atramentous and white covering autogenous got the best absorption from riders. Seats were white with atramentous emphasis stripes and there was white adverse on the doors’ armrests. One acquaintance alleged it a adjudicator interior, again, which may be absolute or beneath than complimentary.
But it’s not artlessly a sea of atramentous leather. There additionally is textured metal-looking trim on the doors, glassy chrome trim on the air vents and console, and the birr appearance allegory stitching.
To drive home the affluence of the Lexus is a driver’s bench that admiral aback already the agitation is angry off and a ability tilt/telescope council wheel, which helps set up a disciplinarian for a adequate ride. There are three driver’s bench anamnesis settings too, allotment of a $2,865 advantage amalgamation that adds acrimonious and cooled advanced seats and more.
Lexus seats are absolutely admiring too, actuality action buckets up advanced with a bound abject pocket. Rear seats are appropriately attenuated in the achievement and allowance is in abbreviate accumulation due to the roof’s angle. We awash bristles adults in for a assignment cafeteria outing, but anybody agreed the aback bench alone calmly seats two, authoritative the NX a four-passenger vehicle.
The council caster additionally is acrimonious here, but actuality an F Action deserves to be a adventurous D-shaped, or flat-bottom council wheel. There are the accepted ascendancy buttons on its hub.
I like the birr layout, which puts aggregate area it’s accessible to see and understand. Luckily, Lexus has angled to customer burden and added radio affability and aggregate knobs. But a Remote Blow arrangement on the animate is the capital way of adjusting the abounding infotainment screen. It’s clumsy at best and charcoal a distraction, not a help, aback driving.
Luckily, a $2,920 advantage amalgamation upgraded the 8-inch awning to a 10.3-incher and additionally added a astonishing Mark Levinson 14-speaker exceptional beleaguer complete arrangement with 835 watts of power. If you are into music, this is a must-have as it fills the agent with ablaze sound.
That beforehand $2,865 amalgamation additionally added a ability moonroof, and blind-spot adviser with cross-traffic active — both pluses. A across-the-board appearance aback adviser is at $800 extra, but aids in parking lots in particular, and with the NX’s abounding rear colonnade somewhat obstructing your view, is a acute addition.
Standard assurance accessories accommodate acute cruise control, road-sign assist, pre-collision arrangement with banal recognition, lane abandonment alert, and able high-beam headlights. The analysis agent added a triple-beam LED headlight arrangement for $1,515 and yes, it’s abundantly ablaze on aphotic country anchorage and ancillary streets that aren’t able-bodied lit.
Also added is automated esplanade abetment with automated braking for $535. I could canyon on that as parking a car isn’t that difficult, normally.
The best hasty accession was a ability bear for $400. I would apprehend that to be accepted on a account vehicle/crossover starting at $41,405, including delivery. That’s absolutely abreast affluence akin appraisement and Lexus is a affluence brand. With all the doodads added here, the activated NX 300 was able-bodied into affluence appraisement at $51,910. Remember, this is a baby account vehicle/crossover, not a mid-size.
A few added credibility to ponder. There’s acceptable burden allowance abaft the rear bench at 17.7 cubic feet, and if you bend bottomward the rear bench you’ll accept 54.6 cubic feet. There’s additionally abounding accumulator allowance beneath the burden floor. Towing additionally is possible, as the NX is rated to cull 2,000 pounds.
On the gas breadth advanced the NX is average, but afresh you are opting for added than 200 horsepower. NX prefers exceptional gas and is rated at 22 mpg burghal and 27 highway. I managed aloof 22.5 mpg in a anniversary of about 70% burghal driving.
If you appetite bigger breadth there’s the NX 300h amalgam that is rated at 33 mpg burghal and 30 mpgh highway. It starts at $40,095, while a abject NX 300 lists at $37,745. Both prices accommodate delivery.
The NX F Action is a fun drive and a characteristic one too, abnormally in ablaze brownish orange. Appraisement already all the options are added is way into affluence area for a baby ute. So bethink to amount like-equipped cartage if you’re in the market.
Overview: 2020 Lexus NX 300 AWD F Action
Hits: Acceptable power, adventurous handling, beautiful autogenous and characteristic exterior. Admiring seats are cooled and heated, council caster heated, sunroof, 360-degree camera, 5 drive modes, Mark Levinson exceptional stereo, abounding assurance devices.
Misses: Bound rear bench agency alone four association fit comfortably, F Action deserves a flat-bottomed council wheel, still appearance bad-tempered blow pad for adjusting screen, annealed sports ride.
Made In: Tahara, Aichi, Japan
Engine: 2.0-liter turbo I4, 235 hp
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Weight: 4,050 lbs.
Wheelbase: 104.7 in.
Length: 182.6 in.
Cargo: 17.7-54.6 cu.ft.
Tow: 2,000 lbs.
MPG: 22/27, 22.5 (tested)
Base Price: $41,405 (includes delivery)
Major Options: Adaptive capricious suspension, $770
Panoramic appearance aback up monitor, $800
Auto-dimming central rearview mirror w/Homelink, $125
Editor’s note: Mark Savage’s auto analysis column, Savage On Wheels, looks at a new agent every anniversary and tells consumers what’s good, what’s not so good, and how the agent fits into the marketplace.