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2015 Lexus NX300h And NX200t Test Drive

Introduction

Toyota took a successful gamble when it combined the premium qualities of a luxury sedan and the packaging of an SUV to create its first-generation Harrier, known to Americans as the Lexus RX300. Over the years, the RX spawned evolved into two more generations, growing larger with each update. The compact RX that launched over 15 years ago no longer exists in the same form.

As Lexus' RX grew in size, its customers became empty nesters who no longer needed the extra room. Since the RX was the company's smallest crossover, buyers looking for the ride height of an SUV without hulking dimensions were left without an option in Lexus' line-up. Of course, it doesn't help that the brand is in severe need of rejuvenation.

And so the NX series was born. Lexus claims the car caters to a younger urban crowd that enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, snowboarding and kayaking, though there will undoubtedly be some overlap with the older demographic with kids moving off to college. Is Lexus' NX the next big thing for upwardly-mobile professionals, or will it solidify the company's position with geriatrics? We spent time with the NX200t and NX300h to answer that question.

  • integr8d616
    Puff
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  • digitaldoc
    Here's hoping that the new 2 L turbo finds its way to the RAV4 so we can get this type of vehicle for 30k and not 40k. The wood and leather is not worth another ten grand to me.
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  • Avus
    I like Lexus cars' quality and reliability. It also has one of the best customer services. But man, their current corporate grill look fugly. It is like Predator mouth.

    http://jeffwongdesign.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/predator.jpg
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  • Dorian Kunch
    I like Lexus cars' quality and reliability. It also has one of the best customer services. But man, their current corporate grill look fugly. It is like Predator mouth.

    http://jeffwongdesign.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/predator.jpg

    Predator Grill ... Perf ... don't like it either.
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  • hst101rox
    Here's hoping that the new 2 L turbo finds its way to the RAV4 so we can get this type of vehicle for 30k and not 40k. The wood and leather is not worth another ten grand to me.
    FYI Toyota is developing a Rav4 Hybrid for 2016.

    I wonder if AWD will be an option for the 2016 Prius with an electric motor in the back like in the NX300h
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  • FBI_
    WHY THIS ARTICLES? SPONSOR?
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  • FBI_
    LEXUS PAY FOR THIS?
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  • hitler
    THANK YOU SKELETON
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  • hitler
    Dieses Auto sieht sehr schön aus . Ich hoffe, dass Sie es mit überlegenen deutschen Modelle wie der Mercedes M -Klasse konkurrieren.
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  • Poul113
    Why are we on Tomshardware even seening a review of such old fashioned tech as a conbustion engine. I opened this page to see some real technology and not just a revamped stereo type car :( Yes it looks good but same tech.
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