Imagine a sport utility vehicle (SUV) that’s luxury, the same size as a RAV4 and gets 36 miles per gallon in ECO drive. I also liked the in-wheel green LED lighting added to create that extra dramatic dimension to the new look of the NX.
That’s the 2015 Lexus NX 300h hybrid electric car.
Built of the platform of the Toyota RAV4, this SUV has all the Lexus amenities and then some (to say the least!!).
Some of the amazing accessories included in the luxury package included’
Power open/close rear door Heated leather-trimmed steering wheel
Bluetooth technology that was so seemless
Apps across the board
Wireless charging area
Blind spot monitor
Amazing sunroof to boot!
Perforated leather-trimmed interior and more!
The Lexus Enform App Suite offers access to your favorite mobile applications through your vehicle’s center-console display. After downloading the app on your compatible smartphone, you can search local listings, stream music, listen to live radio nationwide, place restaurant reservations and buy movie tickets—all from the center-console display. And, with advanced voice recognition, accessing and controlling the App Suite’s features is easier than ever. Lexus Enform App Suite is complimentary for the first year of ownership.
The Drive Mode Select enabled me to make the vehicle more efficient. Sport mode alters the powertrain for faster and more dynamic throttle response. Normal mode provides the optimal balance of fuel efficiency and engine performance. ECO mode moderates the throttle response, engine power output and climate settings for increased fuel efficiency.
As figured the test drive was conducted all in ECO mode.
However my FAVORITE mode was EV MODE!!
In addition to the benefits of Drive Mode Select’s ECO, Normal and Sport modes, the hybrid offers the added efficiency of an EV driving mode. Making the vehicle more efficient with a simple push of a button, it enables you to drive for short distances at low speeds on battery power alone.
Reviewers say the 2015 Lexus NX Hybrid’s standard four-cylinder engine, electric motor and automatic transmission don’t make it feel particularly fast, although some say that it offers swift acceleration from a stop.
However, according to Lexus, this hybrid electric car comes with an “electric all-wheel drive system”. This features an additional electric motor to deliver instantaneous torque to the rear wheels only when it’s required. With no friction loss or added fuel consumption due to heavy mechanical components, the system can automatically help prevent wheelspin when starting off, and is so innovative it can also adapt to the angle or condition of the road.
It did slip a little but not as bad as expected. It could easily in the future get over 40-50 MPG when they add a few more batteries to the hybrid pack. It seems that this car has the ability in the future to get more efficient and maintain its amazing performance. It’s worth the investment and the time to consider. It’s exciting because this is the first 35 plus MPG hybrid SUV. Stay tuned for more from Lexus on this model the NX.