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2018 LEXUS NX 300 PACKS POWER, LUXURY

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Lexus continues to shine in the compact luxury crossover segment. The previous NX 200t, now renamed the NX 300, is a blast to drive, responding with quickness in any driving situation while loaded with luxury and tech goodies expected. Zero to 60 is an impressive seven seconds.
A 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged inline-4 cylinder gas engine still cranks out 235 horsepower @ 5600 rpm and 258 pounds-feet of torque @ 4000 rpm. It is mated to a standard 6-speed auto gearbox. Showing off a brawny, hunkered-down posture, the NX 300 gets a revised spindle grille, new standard revised LED headlights, revamped tail lamps and chrome accents on lower rear bumper. As soon as we stepped into the airy and well-appointed cabin, the gated automatic shifter caught our attention. A 4.2-inch TFT LCD screen displays audio, fuel consumption, mileage, outside temperature, odometer and tire pressure readings. Some niceties include dual auto a/c, 8-way power driver and front-passenger seats, 60/40 rear seat, manual tilt/telescopic steering column, updated analog clock and dark umber trim. For 2018, Lexus has incorporated fresh metallic accents on window and cruise control switches. A cool but slightly larger mouse-like Remote Touch can be used to toggle navigation, climate, audio and phone controls for the now-standard 8-inch screen.
Dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, driver knee airbag, front-passenger cushion airbag are standard along with side-impact door beams, four-wheel antilock brakes, electronic brake distribution and brake assist, vehicle stability and traction control, rearview camera, push-button start, three-point seatbelts with pretensioners, and front and rear crumple zones. The features are complemented by a pre-collision system that detects pedestrians, lane departure assist and dynamic cruise control, all part of the 2018 no-cost Lexus Safety Sense.
The NX 300 touts a potent engine under the hood, admirable gas mileage and ample creature comforts. What more can anyone want in a compact luxury crossover?

LEXUS NX 300 (AWD)
Wheelbase: 104.7 inches
Length: 182.3 inches
Width: 73.6 inches
Height: 64.8 inches
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; double wishbone rear
Steering: electric power
Tires: P225/65R17
Fuel capacity: 15.9 gallons
Mileage: city 22, highway 27
Weight: 4,050 pounds
Base price: $39,775
Price as tested (with F Sport package): $49,564
Web site: www.lexus.com

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