BY H. THROTTLEAUTOMOTIVE COLUMNIST
The 2020 Lexus NX 300 F Sports is just a sweetheart all-wheel drive vehicle. It is not a huge SUV, but more like a graceful ballet dancer.
This F Sport is fast, with a 2-0-Liter turbocharged engine that provides 230 horsepower and delivers an fuel economy average of 24 mpg.
With Japanese quality, assembled in Tahara, Aichi, Japan, this luxury sedan has all of the latest hi-tech and safety features. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $40,360 with a lengthy list of desirable options that can lift the price higher such as the navigation system and premium F Sport package. The test model is complete with all features listed at $51,023.
This Lexus is a perfect lady’s car, petite in style and beauty, easy to drive with great comfort. There are at least three options of eco, sport, and super sport, along with steering wheel paddle shifters. There is a snow option and heated steering wheels and seats. The windshield wipers have heat to prevent that icy build up on winter drives.
The F Sport has a perfect five-star safety rating and features road sign assists, showing the speed limit and your speed, really a nice feature in the fast-changing speed zones and radar police patrols.
Most of us probably drive to fast. But it seems traffic either moves really fast, or very slow, one just goes has to go with the flow. The real speeders stand out and they need to be nailed. Courtesy is also something to keep in mind. Allowing people to change lanes and slowing up so another car can merge. Maybe a “thank-you” wave is in order when someone slows and lets you enter from a side street or from another lane. We need to have more road decorum.
In driving many cars, it is interesting that small cars don’t receive the courtesy of larger pickups or luxury cars.
This NX 300 has the full Lexus Safety System that has lane tracing and road sign assist and pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, so handy in grocery store parking lots.
The NX sports eight air bags and Smart Stop Technology which helps prevent hitting an object in the front. Bi-LED headlights are included, with auto dimming capability. The latest included feature is Car Play which takes the smart phone out of your hand.
This is an elegant model that has racing car features and ballet style class and beauty. A classic masterpiece on wheels.
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