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Eric's Autos: 2021 Lexus NX 300h

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Enter the NX, which is about a foot shorter end to end (182.7 inches versus 192.5 for the RX). This makes it easier to park, and it takes up less space when it is parked.

Interestingly, the NX has slightly more cargo room behind its second row (16.8 cubic feet) than the RX with a significantly larger footprint (which has 16 cubic feet) and almost as much space for stuff with its second row folded flat (53.7 cubic feet versus 56.3 cubic feet in the RX).

Even back-seat legroom is close. The NX offers 36.1 inches versus 38 for the RX.

The RX is speedier -- it comes standard with a powerful 3.5-liter V-6 -- and it is capable of pulling twice as much (3,500 pounds versus just 1,500 for the NX), but there's a great deal of overlap, otherwise.

The Rest

It is hard to find a new car that still has a CD player. The NX is one of the few that still does. This is a nice feature to have if you haven't transferred all your CDs to digital format or just like playing a CD every now and then.

 

The Bottom Line

Until just a few months ago, when gas was only about $2 per gallon, it was hard to make an economic case for any hybrid. But that was then -- and hybrids are beginning to make a little more sense again.

And maybe a lot more tomorrow.

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