2016 Lexus NX 200t F Sport Review

As the compact crossover segment becomes more and more competitive, there are a few luxury SUV’s that stand out and have become a popular choice among consumers looking for a stylish, yet practical vehicle that can provide comfort, bold exterior style, advanced technology, great on the road performance, and that is exactly what the 2016 Lexus NX 200t F Sport does.

The 2016 Lexus NX 200t is a luxury SUV with an incredible style, plush interior, sleek exterior details, and a powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 235 horsepower and 258 lb. ft. of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. The NX 200t with front-wheel-drive yields an estimated 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The NX has three driving modes- Sport, Normal, and ECO. Normal mode regulates fuel productivity and engine performance, Sport mode delivers faster gear changes and quicker throttle response, and ECO mode increases fuel efficiency.

The base NX 200t has a starting MSRP of about $34,960 and comes equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, push-button start, a USB port, navigation system, Siri iPhone incorporation, and a 7-inch display screen that works in conjunction with a console-attached controller.

There are a variety of convenience/technology packages and options available, such as leather upholstery, front-seat memory settings, automatic parallel park assist, power lift gate, automatic emergency braking, power-folding and reclining back seats, adaptive cruise control, an additional USB port, an upgraded stereo system, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, automatic tilt side mirrors, and a power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.

If you are seeking more athletic driving dynamics and better styling, then the NX 200t F Sport would be a better choice with bolstered sport seats, bolder interior and exterior styling, sport-tuned suspension, and a starting MSRP of about $37,000.

The exterior of the NX 200t is unique and distinct with bold angles and sharp lines that make the SUV stand out among the majority of its competition.  Even though the NX’s diverging appearance is different, it is a refreshing and exciting option in a segment in which many SUV’s tend to all look alike.

On the inside, the Lexus NX 200t features perfect cabin construction with high quality materials throughout the spacious front and rear cabin areas. There is ample head/legroom in the 2nd row (backseat) for taller passengers with comfortable and supportive seats and the dashboard has an upscale and streamlined appearance with numerous advanced technology features throughout.

Cargo space is a little less than average for this segment, measuring 17.7 cu. feet and 54.6 cu. feet with the rear seats folded down, but still provides enough room to transport a variety of items.

On the road, the NX 200t F Sport trim provides an enjoyable and smooth ride with responsive steering and feels composed and in control when making sharp turns and when navigating on bumpier surfaces. The F Sport’s tuned suspension and paddle shifters make the driving experience even better and more engaging.

Safety features include- a rearview camera, traction and stability control, antilock brakes, front side airbags, a front passenger cushion airbag, full-length side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag, and Lexus’ Enform Safety Connect telematics that offers an emergency assist button, stolen-vehicle location, and automatic crash notification. Adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning system, and a frontal collision mitigation system are optional.

The 2016 Lexus NX 200t is a well-equipped, luxurious, comfortable, quiet crossover SUV with a unique bold exterior design that delivers more than the ordinary and goes far beyond standard expectations all for an affordable price.

To find out more about the new Lexus NX 200t, please visit: www.Lexus.com

2017 Audi Q7 3.0T Quattro tiptronic SUV (Review)

The 2017 Audi Q7 is definitely a new and sprightlier SUV in practically every way, with a slimmer body, improved technological features, better engine options, and is about 700 lbs. lighter than the 2015 model, increasing fuel efficiency.

After being completely redesigned for 2017, the Q7 also features revised styling, a more spacious interior, a prominent angular grille, and a more wagon-like exterior. Some of the changes seem subtle at first glance, but upon closer evaluation, the new changes can be both seen and felt.

2017 Audi Q7 3.0T Front View SUV

Although, the Q7 is the largest crossover SUV in the Audi lineup, it is very easy to drive. In fact, it feels just as nimble as a mid-size sedan when making sharp turns and on winding roads, but what really makes the Q7 stand out, is its amazing ability to almost drive itself by recognizing speed limit signs and making adjustments, continuing speed and distance from other vehicles in front of it, consistently staying within its lane, and spontaneously slowing down before turning by utilizing huge amounts of data from cameras and sensors on the SUV.

The Audi Q7 is a luxury 7-passenger, three-row full-size SUV and comes available in three trims: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige.  All Q7’s feature a powerful 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 333 horsepower, 325 lb. ft. of torque, an 8-speed automatic transmission, can tow up to 7,700 lbs., and yields an estimated 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which is average for this segment.

The Premium trim includes- a panoramic sunroof, three-zone automatic climate control, roof rails, 19-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, xenon headlights, 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, LED running lights and taillights, automatic wipers, a power lift gate, 35/30/35-split second-row folding seats, automatic brakes, front and rear parking sensors, selectable drive modes, driver memory settings, 50/50-split power folding third-row seats, HD and satellite radio, heated 8-way power front seats with driver four-way power lumbar controls, Bluetooth and audio connectivity, two USB ports, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with wheel-mounted shift paddles, Audi’s MMI infotainment system, frontal collision warnings with pedestrian recognition, a rearview camera, leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 7-inch color driver information display, and power-folding heated mirrors. A 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, a handwriting recognition controller pad, and navigation system are optional.

The Premium Plus includes all of the aforementioned features, but adds interior ambient lighting, auto-dimming side mirrors, a navigation system, keyless entry and ignition with hands-free tailgate access, and a power-adjustable steering wheel.

A Vision package which offers a surround-view camera system LED headlights, and a configurable gauge-cluster display is optional as well as a Cold Weather package that adds manual rear window sunshades, heated steering wheel, a four-zone automatic climate control, heated rear seats, a tow hitch, a rear-seat entertainment system and ventilated 12-way power front seats.

The Prestige trim adds a 19-speaker Bose surround sound system, 20-inch wheels, extra interior lighting, side exit warnings, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and a large high-resolution 8.3-inch display.

A Driver Assistance package is available for both the Prestige and Premium Plus trims and adds automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, traffic sign recognition, and lane-departure intervention.

Options exclusively for the Prestige trim include a special Luxury package which adds power door closers, upgraded leather upholstery, 18-way power front seats with massage functions, and a faux-suede headliner as well as an Adaptive Chassis package which adds a night vision camera, a 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen Sound System, all-wheel steering, and adaptive air suspension.

All 2017 Q7 models come equipped with standard safety features, such as a rearview camera, frontal collision warning, stability and traction control, antilock brakes, front-seat side airbags, front and rear parking sensors, full-length side curtain airbags, automatic braking, and the intuitive Audi Pre-Sense system that senses if the driver is trying to avoid an accident and automatically tightens the seatbelts, prepares the brakes, and closes the sunroof and windows. Audi Connect services, which include emergency assistance, speed and valet alerts, automatic crash notification, and remote door locking are optional.

The interior of the Q7 is quite impressive with high quality materials throughout the cabin with ambient lighting that enhance the vehicle’s luxury appearance. There are many functions on the dashboard and middle console areas, but I found that they are easy to operate by using the MMI controller, steering wheel controls, and a touchpad with handwriting recognition.

The front seats are comfortable, supportive, and have an ergonomic feel. In the second row, there is plenty of head/legroom for taller passengers and the seats recline, slide, and can fold down for easy access to the third row. Similar to the majority of other SUV’s in this segment, the third row seats are best for children and shorter adults and can fold down flat with the push of a button.

Cargo space is average in its class, measuring 14.8 cubic feet when the seats are up, 37.5 cubic feet when the third row is folded down, and a good 71.6 cubic feet when both the second and third rows are flat.

On the road, the 2017 Audi Q7 is amazingly nimble and maneuvers very well in difficult driving conditions and actually drives like a smaller crossover vehicle, such as the Audi Q3. Acceleration is quick due to the powerful V6 engine and the interior cabin is remarkably quiet even at highway speeds.

What I think is most impressive about the Q7 is its ability to do much of the driving in heavy traffic and on long stretches of highway by using a combination of new technologies, such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, navigation information, and forward-looking cameras.

The 2017 Audi Q7 has a starting MSRP of $54,811 for the base model with special features that can be added with various packages.  The Q7 is the perfect blend of performance, luxury, advanced technology, and in my opinion, is one of the best SUV’s Audi has to offer.

To find out more about the new 2017 Audi Q7, please visit- www.audiusa.com




1480530575757Philippa Lane is an automotive writer, expert author for Ezine Articles, and staff writer for Cable Muse Network.