First Date: 2015 Lexus NX 300h

2015 Lexus NX 300h

This week, I’m reviewing the 2015 Lexus NX 300h compact sport-utility, and — this being the first car tested under our new “car dating” review format — I was a bit nervous about the whole thing. First dates are like that, you know?


How We Met + First Impressions

My test drive of the new-for-2105 Lexus NX 300h was something of a “set up,” in the sense that the car was offered to me more-or-less unsolicited. Still, I’d seen some flattering pictures of the NX before, had briefly checked one out at the Chicago Show back in February, and genuinely enjoyed my time with the CT 200h last year. As such, saying “yes” to this test drive date was a no-brainer.

The sporty, compact Lexus was dropped off at my shop last Monday afternoon, and I was immediately smitten with the car’s angular bodywork and aggressive stance. In the flesh, it’s not any bigger than the Jeep Patriot it was parked next to or my personal Honda CR-V, but the 2015 Lexus NX 300h has a much more striking visual presence. It looks very rich, and I imagine its creased flanks will impress everyone the typical Lexus buyer is out to impress.


What I Learned

A quick glance at the window sticker told me that the NX 300h was powered by a 32 MPG (combined) 2.5 liter, 4 cyl. engine mated to an electric hybrid drive motor. Combined, the two were good for 194 HP and promised that each of those ponies would be put to good use thanks to an ultra-efficient CVT transmission and “Dynamic Torque Control” all wheel drive system. I was surprised to learn, also, that the wheels were “just” 18-inchers (they look much bigger), and excited to see that this particular 2015 Lexus NX 300h had been fitted with radar/adaptive cruise control and a pre-collision system that promised to be similar to what I’d experienced — and loved! — in the 2014 Acura MDX.

In short, while I don’t think my feelings towards the NX qualify as “love at first sight,” the car looked to be a pretty promising companion with good looks, a fine features list, and the right nameplate to ensure an initial interest. How will I feel after getting to know the NX a bit better? You’ll get to read about that in a few days …


Original content from Gas 2.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.