Lexus NX 300h Claims Most Fuel Efficient Crossover Title

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The newest addition to the Lexus lineup is also the most fuel efficient in the crossover segment.

With a combined fuel economy rating of 33 mpg, the Lexus NX 300h bests the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, which nets 31 mpg combined. Subaru’s offering however comes with all-wheel drive so if we’re to compare apples to apples, the Lexus NX 300h AWD gets a 32 mpg combined rating. In front-wheel drive form, the Lexus NX 300h is rated at 35 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway while the all-wheel drive model returns 33 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

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The 2015 Lexus NX 300h features the company’s Hybrid Drive system with a total output of 194 hp from its 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine mated to an electric motor. In the all-wheel drive NX 300h, an extra 67-hp electric motor is utilized to drive the rear wheels, though it doesn’t affect total system output.

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For those looking for a luxury crossover with impressive fuel economy, the NX 300h might be your choice. Then again, pricing for the model hasn’t been announced so it’s unclear just how competitive it will be within the market.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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