Consumer Reports has labeled the Lexus NX as one of the worst cars released in 2015, citing a “firm, jostling ride”, an interior that “feel(s) cheap”, and too much similarity to the Toyota RAV 4.
Not only does this contradict my personal experience and the experience of other outlets, it also goes against their own official review. Labeling any car as “the worst” smacks of sensationalism, and was something I happily ignored.
However, Lexus Enthusiast forum administrator Mike Forsythe decided to take Consumer Reports to task for their befuddled opinion in a recent post:
To signify something as “the worst” carries a lot of weight from a respected source. It is not something that should be just thrown around without major thought into the final conclusion.
The simple fact of the matter is there is no way the NX is one of the worst cars of 2015. Even if you tested only five cars all year, the Porsche 918, the Ferrari LaFerrari, the McLaren P1, the Pagani Huyura, and the Lexus NX, a sensible conclusion would be the NX is a great vehicle, but simply not anything like those 4 other cars. It would be fifth in that comparison test and it would only be worst in the context of the cars it competed against. There is nothing “worst” about the NX.
Mike’s entire post is hilarious and worth reading, especially as it gives the Consumer Reports ranking the respect it deserves: None.