the small compact luxury crossover segment

Good Morning Warren and friends

This week I drove the Hyundai Genesis and the 2015 Lexus NX200T, a welcome new gorgeous entry to the small compact luxury crossover segment, known as lux-ute.

If you’re looking at a Lexus four-door sedan look at the Hyundai Genesis, it’s more like a Lexus sedan than a Toyota.

The 2015 Lexus NX200T is a prototype SUV/CUV. Beautiful design. I don’t know the specifics – the cost etc but think RAV-4 size but prettier. The NX 200T is agile and the engine is mated well to the transmission.

The one thing I didn’t like was the front seat. I could never get comfortable. I like to sit straight up with my head touching the headrest. In this Lexus, my back had to bend over to conform to the seat.

Driving the Nation also attended the launch of the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang with the new independent rear suspension, which makes all the difference in driving character. The car is beautiful and has a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 310 horsepower and gets 22/31 mpg for a base of $29,170. The car DTN drove topped out at $37,755.

The 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 starts at $36,100 but was equipped to $43,490. It makes 400 horsepower and claims 15/25 mpg

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louann September 26, 2014 Washington Post Real Wheels Automobiles and Energy car buying tips Driving tips Warren Brown Washingtonpost.com