Lexus recently allowed my family to review the Lexus NX 300h Hybrid in exchange for our honest opinion. #LexusNX
We road tripped to Albuquerque, NM, my hometown, for the holidays with the kids in tow. Our friends at Lexus let us test out the Lexus NX 300h Hybrid and thank goodness for the seat warmers because New Mexico was freezing for this Arizona desert family! In fact, we were snowed in for a couple of days and had to postpone our trip home. More time for the kids to be spoiled rotten by the grandparents and play in the snow for the first time…ever!
That trip is around 7 hours, more like 8 hours with a toddler and preschooler and all their potty (and mom’s sanity) breaks. You better believe that I scoured the internet for road trip hacks for kids! Thankfully our vehicle was a smooth ride with lots of great amenities (did I mention the seat warmers?), so I just had to worry about keeping the kids entertained and happy (well, minimal whining is what I was shooting for). I rounded up some of my favorite road trip hacks and activities below.
If you are in the market for a new vehicle, here’s my husband’s (since he was our main driver and super excited about driving a hybrid) review of the Lexus NX 300h Hybrid:
We just got back from our holiday trip to Albuquerque, NM in the luxurious, stylish, and energy efficient Lexus NX 300h. This was my first ever experience driving both a Lexus and a hybrid vehicle. Here are my top 5 favorite features of the NX 300h, in no particular order:1. The leather! From the completely leather covered dashboard to the heated leather seats, this SUV is a beauty. The leather is both nice to look at AND very comfortable, especially in the cold winter months.2. The media/entertainment/navigation system. I loaded up a USB stick chock full of our favorite tunes for the road trip, and interacting with the system to find our favorite songs was a breeze. There’s a handy trackpad within finger’s reach for either the driver or passenger to search songs, switch to regular or satellite radio stations, or GPS. After a few minutes of practice, it really became second nature.3. The Miles Per Gallon (mpg). For our trip from Phoenix to Albuquerque, we averaged around 29 mpg with mostly freeway driving. That’s with a car filled with people and enough luggage/holiday gifts to block out the rear window! Also, we were running the heated seats and heater the whole way. Once in Albuquerque with a mix of freeway and city driving, that number climbed to around 32 mpg. For an SUV this size, I was definitely impressed.4. Speaking of heated seats! The heated seats were such a nice luxury feature that we never turned them off. You can choose between 3 intensity settings…we chose max everytime because the weather in New Mexico was too cold for our Arizona selves.5. The room! Everything in the NX 300h was roomier than we were initially expecting. Lots of legroom in the front for my 6’3″ frame, and plenty of room in the back for the kids’ legs plus room to place gifts/toys/road trip busy bags on the floor. The trunk was deceptively large, easily fitting 4 large suitcases plus smaller bags and gifts.
If you are road tripping with kids anytime soon, you’ll want to check out these road trip hacks and car activities.
Family Road Trip Soundtrack – Liz On Call
Road Trip Car Organizer – See Vanessa Craft
LEGO Suitcase Hack – Stir The Wonder
Road Trip Bingo – Housing A Forest
I Spy Activity Bag – Rae Gun Ramblings
DVD Coloring Case – Stacy Vaughn
Road Trip Behavior Clips – Random Thoughts of a Supermom
Portable LEGO Kit – Mama Papa Bubba
Road Trip Binder – Artsy Fartsy Mama
Road Trip Kit & Clean Up Tips – Laura’s Crafty Life
Road Trip Food Prep – Strawberry Mommycakes
Dinosaur Activity Tray – See Vanessa Craft
Travel Kit & Printable – See Vanessa Craft
Dot Travel Sheets – Moms & Crafters
Road Trip Drawing Prompts – Picklebums
28 Travel Games and Activities – Family Food and Travel
Mom’s Roadside Emergency Kit – Raising Little Superheroes
Road Trip Snack Container – See Vanessa Craft
Pencil Box Portable Train Set – Play Trains
Travel Game Printables – In The Playroom
Travel Timeline – Housing A Forest
Travel Play Set – Red Ted Art
Road Trip Activity Bag Ideas – The Nerd’s Wife
Road Trip Scavenger Hunt – Laura’s Crafty Life
Kid Sized Neck Pillow – Rae Gun Ramblings
Metal Can Surprise “Eggs” – Plan Party Pin
Travel Felt Board – Simply Darrling
How to Pack the Car – Real Coake
Road Trip Snack Hacks – Not Just A Mommy
Cereal Container Trash Can – Stockpiling Moms
Travel Map for Kids – Creekside Learning
Makeup Bag Car Kit – Pink Polka Dot Creations
Do you have any ROAD TRIP HACKS of your own to add to the list?