Take a good look at the image above. That's the US-market Lexus NX 300h, and it looks, well... distinctive. Although the entire NX crossover sports styling that could certainly be described as controversial, it's the front end of the 'ute that seems to draw most of the ire, befitted as it is with Lexus' so-called spindle grill.

Now, take a look at the pair of images just below. The one on the left is from the States (the same model seen above), while the one on the right comes from Europe. Notice a difference? The lower front fascia of the European Lexus NX dips down much lower than the one from the US, and it looks much more refined because of it.

2015 Lexus NX 200t from the US2015 Lexus NX 200t from Europe

Why the disparity between the two designs? According to Top Gear Philippines, the reason why the US gets the more pointy proboscis is because of its classification as a light truck. It seems trucks are required to have some sort of concession to the car's approach angle – in other words, a truck should be able to clear an obstacle that a car might hit. Why does Lexus care if the NX is a car or truck? Well, that has to do with how fuel economy is reported, as trucks are given less-stringent requirements for Corporate Average Fuel Economy purposes.

We wish this weren't the case – the Lexus NX looks much better with its lower fascia in place. As it stands, though, you can still opt for the F Sport package on either the turbocharged NX 200t or hybrid NX 300h, which replaces the front end of the NX with a much more menacing, if not necessarily more attractive, fascia, along with other more overtly sporty finishing touches. Take a look at the 2015 Lexus NX 200t F Sport in our image gallery below, and tell us which version of the CUV you prefer.

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      • 4 Months Ago
      Both front end looks disgusting.
      • 4 Months Ago
      Slice it whichever way you want, but ugly is ugly.
      • 4 Months Ago
      They're both awful ugly messes. a different front end doesn't change that
      • 4 Months Ago
      Splitting hairs over which pile of dog shit looks worse.
      Kuro Houou
      • 4 Months Ago
      Horrible just horrible! Both of them look hideous!!!
      Adrian Elliot
      • 4 Months Ago
      Now that is a hideous automobile.
      • 4 Months Ago
      The key to this article lies in just two letters in the title - "er". Because both models are uglier than Larry the Cable Guy's ass with a sunburn in a speedo.
      • 4 Months Ago
      Both are equally ugly
      • 4 Months Ago
      Although neither looks great, the US version without a doubt has the worse looking front end.
      • 4 Months Ago
      And there's 18" of gap between the fender and the tire... why? Most ridiculous CUV I've ever seen.
        K. Rogers
        • 4 Months Ago
        Seriously! What's with the fat tire/small alloy combo on this thing??
      Aaron Stein
      • 4 Months Ago
      apparently you can't fix fugley... i don't like any of the fascia's particularly, but then acura has stubbornly stuck to it's 'cheese grater' and i'm not that crazy about the giant grills on Audi either. Nissan got smart in what they did to their lineup and cleaned it up for upcoming versions.
      • 4 Months Ago
      I always thought luxury vehicles were supposed to be elegant or cutting edge. This is an overstyled trainwreck trying to pass as avant garde. Sometimes less is more. This design is more thrown on with a shovel!
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