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2017 Lexus NX

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Despite a chiseled body and mean-mugged glare, the Lexus NX is hardly an athlete. It’s a softly sprung, high-riding SUV in a class of tall wagons, and cargo- and people-hauling capacities benefit accordingly. A 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder is standard, but the NX300h boasts the lineup’s sole hybrid powertrain and gets all-wheel drive, too. The cabin coddles occupants with comfy leather seats and distinctive styling. Unfortunately, a finicky touchpad-operated infotainment system spoils an otherwise ergonomic interior.


What’s New for 2017?

Introduced as a new model in 2015, the NX carries on through 2016 and into 2017 with few changes. The NX300h hybrid’s front-wheel-drive option has been dropped in favor of standard all-wheel drive. A new 18-inch wheel design joins the options list, as well as two vibrant new colors—Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0 and Molten Pearl—for F Sport models. Lexus has added Scout GPS Link as a standard feature; it uses a smartphone app to offer turn-by-turn directions displayed on the infotainment screen.


Standard Feature Highlights

• 7.0-inch infotainment screen
• Power-adjustable driver’s seat
• Rear privacy glass
• Dual-zone automatic climate control


Trims and Options We’d Choose

Wearing an even more aggressive front-grille design, and sporting what may be the most comfortable and supportive seats in the class, the NX200t F Sport is our pick of the range. At $38,255, the front-wheel-drive F Sport represents only a $2175 increase from the base NX200t. Be careful with options, and the NX can stay under $40,000, but we’d say the $400 power rear hatch and the $440 heated front seats are worthy luxuries. All-wheel drive is available, though it adds $1400 to the bottom line.


In Depth: 2017 Lexus NX

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Article source: http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2017-lexus-nx-in-depth-model-review

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