Road & Track Drives the 2015 Lexus NX

Lexus NX Road & Track

Ben Stewart of Road & Track has published his first impressions of the 2015 Lexus NX:

It may not be as aggressive as other F Sport models, but the NX 200t F Sport is still the one you want. It gets beefy strut tower braces that aren’t like any you’ve ever seen before. Instead of a solid length of steel, aluminum, or carbon fiber, there’s actually a small, fluid-filled shock absorber in the center of the bar to act as an NVH suppressor. It’s brilliant.

The whole experience is much more crisp and lively than in the standard NX 200t or its hybrid sibling. More than anything, this is not a sports package that will beat you up on a rough road. Lexus was careful to balance ride comfort, quietness, and handling in a way that’s appropriate to the vehicle.

Read the full Lexus NX review from Road & Track

Lexus Australia Wants Diesel-Powered LX

Lexus LX Diesel

Two weeks after trademarking the LX 450d nameplate, Lexus Australia has confirmed that they are actively campaigning for a diesel version of the flagship SUV — from Drive Australia:

“We’re certainly trying hard to bring that to our market,” said [Lexus Australia CEO Sean] Hanley. “In that large SUV there’s a certain market demand for an LX diesel and, whilst we haven’t confirmed it, we are certainly in deep discussions trying to source it.”

The brand has long used petrol-electric hybrid engines as its fuel-saving alternative and has previously criticised diesels for being dirty and older technology.

“We’ve always said that in the passenger car lineup hybrid is the right direction,” said Hanley. “But in the Australian market there exists right now a large SUV diesel market and we’re about bringing cars to market that consumers want.”

[Source: Drive Australia]

Autoweek Drives the 2015 Lexus NX

Lexus NX Review Autoweek

Blake Z. Rong of Autoweek has driven the 2015 Lexus NX, and preferred the hybrid to the new turbo:

Despite all the fanfare of the 2.0-liter, direct-injection, 235-hp, 258-lb-ft torque, 17-psi of boost, 0-60 in seven seconds dead (in AWD form: 7.2 with the FWD drivetrain), twin-scroll-turbocharged engine in the NX200t…we’d go for the hybrid NX300h.

Here’s why: it’s far smoother. The NX is a supremely quiet car overall, but the 194-hp Hybrid enhances this quality — Lexus rates it at far slower than the turbo engine, hitting 60 mph in nine seconds, but the Hybrid’s great pickup feels much, much faster than this. Much more high strung than the turbo, in fact: proof that numbers aren’t always the answer.

Read the full NX review on Autoweek

Extensive Video Review of the 2015 Lexus NX

Lexus NX Alex on Autos

Just finished watching the extensive 23-minute Lexus NX video review from Alex on Autos and really enjoyed it — if you’re interested in the new Lexus compact crossover, I recommend you sit back, relax, and prepare yourself for a whole heap of detail:

Motor Trend Drives the 2015 Lexus NX

Lexus NX Motor Trend

Jonny Lieberman of Motor Trend was one of the auto journalists that drove the 2015 Lexus NX last month:

Color me a convert. The NX’s ride is first-class, a strong engineering feat for a vehicle with such a small wheelbase. This is particularly true of the non-F Sport model. The steering is properly weighted and lively; the NX 200t holds the road well during fast sweeping turns; and the brake feel is about 10 times better than you’d expect on this class of vehicle.

I feel that the non-F Sport NX looks like a catfish with an overbite. However, and especially in white, the F Sport models snuck up on me. They look pretty groovy, as weird as it feels to write that. Maybe I’m getting soft?

Read the full Lexus NX review at Motor Trend