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Eric's Autos: 2018 Lexus NX300

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No one knows who invented the shoe, but not surprisingly, it caught on.

The crossover is another such idea -- and we know whose that was.

Back in '98, Lexus took a car -- the ES 300 sedan -- gave it a lift kit and all-wheel drive and hey! Presto! The RX 300.

It's obvious now. It was radical and brilliant back then.

It gave people who wanted SUV-ish attributes -- commanding driving position, decent snow-day capability -- but not necessarily the SUV to go with them just what they were looking for.

Lexus made book. Now comes the NX. It's a crossover, like the RX, but slung lower and personal-sized rather than family-sized. It's also about $8K less to start, just the ticket for people who want some RX-ish attributes but not necessarily the whole RX enchilada to go with them.

 

What It Is

The NX 300 is a compact-sized luxury/sport crossover -- in the same general class as the Audi Q3 and Q5, the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 and the Acura RDX, among others.

The base FWD trim starts at $35,985. With AWD, the price is $37,385.

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