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2019 Lexus NX 300 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: November 18, 2019


Introduced in late 2014, the NX has been one of the most popular entry- level luxury crossovers on the market. A smooth ride quality, premium build quality, long list of features and equipment, along with the trust of Leus, have been enticing enough to draw the attention of the masses. Signature Lexus looks, though on a compact sheet metal, plush interior and the solid build quality of Lexus is what makes the NX 300 very enticing for the masses.

Initially launched as the NX 200t, the second most compact crossover in Lexus' profile now, after the UX, the NX 300 not only received some substantial updates, in its 2018 model but also a new nomenclature. Now entering its 2019 model year, the NX 300 remains unchanged from its last year model, but it still offers a very well balanced value to those looking to upgrade to the luxury compact crossover category.

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Pros

Quiet and comfortable ride quality

Spacious rear seats

Good fuel economy

Cons

Cramped cargo space

Cluttered infotainment interface

Misses out on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

What's New?

No major changes for 2019


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36485

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

235 hp @ 4800 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft @ 1650 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62.2/62.2

dimensions

wheelbase

104.7 in.

length

182.7 in.

width

73.6 in.

height

64.8 in.

curb weight

3940 lbs.

ground clearance

6.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38 cu ft.

cargo volume

54.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1150 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/28 mpg

highway range

445.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

72 months. / 70000

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

 2019 Lexus NX 300 in Atomic Silver color  2019 Lexus NX 300 in Autumn Shimmer color  2019 Lexus NX 300 in Blue Vortex Metallic color  2019 Lexus NX 300 in Caviar color  2019 Lexus NX 300 in Eminent White Pearl color  2019 Lexus NX 300 in Matador Red Mica color  2019 Lexus NX 300 in Obsidian color
Atomic Silver

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

7.8

Interior

6.5

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Lexus NX 300 Base

Base

power
235 hp @ 4800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$36,485 - $37,885


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $37,885 MSRP (22/24/28) 235 hp @ 4800 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5
4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $36,485 MSRP (22/25/28) 235 hp @ 4800 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

 2019 Lexus NX 300 F SPORT

F SPORT

power
235 hp @ 4800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$38,725 - $40,125


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
F SPORT 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $38,725 MSRP (22/25/28) 235 hp @ 4800 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $40,125 MSRP (22/24/27) 235 hp @ 4800 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.3

Overall Rating


The two letters' NX" in its name stand for 'Nimble Crossover', and the NX 300 very rightly justifies its name. Sharing its platform with the Toyota RAV4, its not only compact but also gets some decent offroading muscle into it as well. The smaller proportions along with the nicely balanced steering wheel makes it easy to manuever around city traffic.

Above all, it is a Lexus and it does get a nice and premium interiors with ample room in the rear bench. Ride quality is also very comfortable and quiet at the very same time and is also aptly packed with features and technology. However, compared to its rivals like the Jaguar F- Pace, Volvo XC60, and BMW X3, the 2019 Lexus NX 300 lacks marginally behind because of its outdated interior design, annoying infotainment interface and a smaller cargo bay.

2019 Lexus NX 300 front view
2019 Lexus NX 300 front view
2019 Lexus NX 300 rear view
2019 Lexus NX 300 rear view

7.0/10
Features

 

7.8/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

6.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Lexus NX 300 Features

7.0/10

The 2019 Lexus NX 300 competes in the Compact Luxury segment, a segment largely known for rugged bodies, bold styling, and a foolproof standard feature list. Though people are dazed by German auto cosmetics, the Japanese are no joke in the segment. The Lexus NX 300 is a solid offering from the Japanese, Lexus offers two trims for the gas-powered NX, standard NX300, and NX300F Sport. Lexus offers one powertrain and an option for front or all-wheel-drive., though you have to spend $1,400 more for the All-wheel-drive variant.

The standard feature list if not the best in the world but packs enough punch to compete in the fellow American and German league. The F sports variants add more sugar and spice to the standard feature list and tune the suspension to be more aggressive. 

Trim

NX 300

NX 300F Sport

MSRP

$36,485

$38,725

AWD

$37,885

$40,125

Features

17-inch wheels

18-inch wheels

 

LED headlights

Special exterior styling elements

 

Power-adjustable front seats

Sport steering wheel

 

Automatic dual-zone climate control

Special interior trim and NuLuxe color schemes

 

Simulated-leather upholstery (Lexus' NuLuxe)

Sport-tuned suspension

 

Eight-speaker sound system

 
 

8-inch infotainment display with a touchpad interface (Remote Touch)

 
 

Lexus Enform Safety Connect emergency communications

 
 

60/40-split folding and reclining back seat

 
 

Power-folding mirrors

 
 

Keyless ignition and entry

 
 

Lane departure warning and intervention

 
 

Forward collision warning and mitigation

 
 

Adaptive cruise control

 
 

LED foglights and running lights

 

We Recommend-

The standard NX300 is the most rational choice just makes sure to add the Comfort package for the Heated and ventilated front seats and blind-spot monitoring.

2019 Lexus NX 300 Engine and Performance

7.8/10

“In terms of performance and driver engagement, the Lexus NX 300 is merely average among the current crop of luxury crossover SUVs. But odds are that most shoppers are just looking for an easy-to-drive vehicle. On that front, the NX satisfies”- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

This year the NX 300 remained untouched as far as mechanical changes are a concern. You get a familiar 2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Engine paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission. There are no other engine or transmission options. The powertrain can muster up to 235 horsepower and 258-pound feet of torque. The engine can either fire up the front wheels of all four wheel depending on the choice of the drivetrain, the F-Sport version is bound by the All-Wheel-Drive. The hybrid NX 300 harbors a bigger 2.5 L Inline-4 engine backed by an electric motor and battery.

2019 Lexus NX 300 Engine
2019 Lexus NX 300 Engine

Models

Lexus NX 300

Acura RDX suv

Jaguar F-Pace 25t suv

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum suv

BMW X3 sDrive 30i suv

Lincoln MKC suv

MSRP

$36,485

$37,400

$45,595

$40,195

$41,995

$34,920

Engine

2.0L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded Inline- 4

2.0L i4 Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

Transmission

6-Speed Multi-Mode Auto

10 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

Horsepower

235 hp @ 4800 rpm

272 hp@ 6500rpm

247 hp@ 5500rpm

250 hp@ 5700rpm

248 hp@ 5200rpm

245 hp@ 5500rpm

Torque

258 ft- lb @ 1650

280 ft-lbs@ 1600rpm

269 ft-lbs@ 1200rpm

258 ft-lbs@ 1500rpm

258 ft-lbs@ 1450rpm

275 ft-lbs@ 3000rpm

As far as engine fine-tuning goes, the Hybrid version is more smooth, the latter offers a sufficient punch but the power delivery feels disturbed and unrefined. The 6-speed automatic doesn’t make anything easy. It feels unpolished with its sluggish shifts, something which Lexus should have paid attention to.

Acceleration

Let’s get one thing straight performance is not the brightest thing on the NX 300. The lack of power makes acceleration slothful. The NX 300 speeds up to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. However, it improves on the quarter-mile track. The NX300 hits the quarter mile light in 14.8 seconds.

2019 Lexus NX 300 Acceleration
2019 Lexus NX 300 Acceleration

Models

Lexus NX 300

Acura RDX suv

Jaguar F-Pace 25t suv

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum suv

BMW X3 sDrive 30i suv

Lincoln MKC suv

0-60 MPH

7.2 seconds*

6.6 sec

4.1 sec

4.9 sec

6.7 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter mile

14.8 seconds*

15.2 sec

N/A

N/A

15.1 sec

15.3 sec

Engine

2.0L Intercooled Turbo Inline-4

2.0L i4 Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.1*

9.3

7.3

N/A

6.8

8.4

Ride and Handling

Lexus should have filled in the gap of power with a V6 engine, however, it's not the case. Apart from the power scarcity the NX 300 has a light steering which gives you preciseness but takes away road communication. However, the backlash will only surface at high speed. Taking corners is not the best idea in the NX 300, as the SUV leans a lot but in a way that could be controlled and minimized. The F Sport trim will spice up your ride with adaptive dampers and better overall driving dynamics. At last, being a crossover helps in better maneuvering in the city’s packed roads.

Braking

Lexus was not that ambitious about NX 300’s braking, also it was the only way to keep the cost low. So, Lexus took the smallest brake discs that could work on an SUV, resulting in an 11.7 inches front and 11.2 inches rear brakes were installed in the NX 300. The SUV halts from the speed of 60 mph in 138 feet, it’s possibly the worst performance in the segment and the small rotors are the one to blame.

2019 Lexus NX 300 Wheel
2019 Lexus NX 300 Wheel

Model

Lexus NX 300

Acura RDX suv

Jaguar F-Pace 25t suv

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum suv

BMW X3 sDrive 30i suv

Lincoln MKC suv

Brake Front (in.)

11.7

12.4

12.8

13.6

13

13.2

Brake Rear (in.)

11.2

12.2

12.8

12.6

13

12.4

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3940

3783

3870

4109

4034

3823

60-0 MPH (ft.)

138

121

N/A

N/A

127

N/A

2019 Lexus NX 300 Fuel Economy

Lexus worked wonders by its hybrid witchcraft but failed to cast the same spell on the standard NX 300. In the city, you can expect an average mileage for 22 mpg and the mediocrity continuous on the highway through a 28 mpg fuel economy. Hence, you can expect combined ergonomic numbers of 25 mpg. The F Sport package brings in wider types which slash the combined economy my 1 mph. The same logic goes for the All-Wheel-drive option.

Model

Lexus NX 300

Acura RDX suv

Jaguar F-Pace 25t suv

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum suv

BMW X3 sDrive 30i suv

Lincoln MKC suv

MPG (city)

22

22

22

22

23

20

MPG (highway)

28

28

27

29

30

27

MPG (combined)

25

24

24

24

26

23

Range (miles) (city/highway)

 

376/479

477/586

414/545

396/516

314/424

Tank Capacity (gal)

15.9

17.1

21.7

18.8

17.2

15.7

2019 Lexus NX 300 Interior

6.5/10

“The NX interior provides a wealth of passenger space, but the diminished cargo capacity hurts this crossover's overall utility. The darkest cloud is cast by the frustrating and ill-conceived Remote Touch infotainment controller”- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

As flamboyant and eccentric the Japanese exterior gets the interior is rather on the simpler side. The best part about the NX is its spaciousness, there is plenty of legroom and headroom, though the small windows make the rear cabin a little claustrophobic. The NX feels a little tall but the door opening is a bit short which can be obstructing for some. As for the quality, the cabin quality is on par though it’s simulated-leather upholstery it does not meddle with the experience. The rest of the interior feels genuine and well rounded.

2019 Lexus NX 300 Seating
2019 Lexus NX 300 Seating

Model

Lexus NX 300

Acura RDX suv

Jaguar F-Pace 25t suv

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum suv

BMW X3 sDrive 30i suv

Lincoln MKC suv

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.2/57.3/42.8

39.6/59.7/41.6

37.8/

38.0/58.2/41.5

41.1/57.6/40.3

39.6/56.0/42.8

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.1/55.3/36.1

38.3/56.6/38.4

37.5/

38.0/56.3/38.0

39.1/56.0/36.4

38.7/55.3/36.8

Again putting the word about the spacious NX’s cabin, you will have a decent front cabin space of 38.2 inches headroom and 42.8 inches of legroom. The rear cabin is not that bad either the legroom is squeezed to 36.1 inches and the headroom stays the same.

Cargo

The NX’s cargo volume is disappointing, you only get 17.2 cubic feet of cargo volume. Though you can expand this space by using the foldable rear seats to 53.6 inches. However, the standard cargo bay is half of what is getting on RDX Acura which is quite a factoring point. The tailgate is not that wide, courtesy of the sloping roofline.

2019 Lexus NX 300 Cargo sapce
2019 Lexus NX 300 Cargo space

Model

Lexus NX 300

Acura RDX suv

Jaguar F-Pace 25t suv

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum suv

BMW X3 sDrive 30i suv

Lincoln MKC suv

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

17.2

31.1

33.5

28.7

28.7

25.2

Infotainment

The NX’s cabin is pretty driver-oriented except for the 8-inch infotainment screen which is a bit distracting and complicated. You need to carefully look for all the buttons which create a mess while you are driving. The Screen is governed by Remote Touch interface which is updated last year to simplify its jargons to a certain point, but the remaining problems are stuck like a gum. Also, the absence of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto further discourages the buyer.

2019 Lexus NX 300 Infotainment Display
2019 Lexus NX 300 Infotainment Display

Interior Features-

  • Audio And Cruise Controls On Steering Wheel
  • Front Seatback Storage
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Climate Control
  • Turn Signal In Mirrors
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
  • Front And Rear Cupholders
  • Front And Rear Door Pockets
  • Electric Power Steering
  • Rear View Camera
  • Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Interior Air Filtration
  • Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
2019 Lexus NX 300 Cockpit Area
2019 Lexus NX 300 Cockpit area
2019 Lexus NX 300
2019 Lexus NX 300
2019 Lexus NX 300 steering
2019 Lexus NX 300 steering
2019 Lexus NX 300 instrumental cluster
2019 Lexus NX 300 instrumental cluster
2019 Lexus NX 300 center console
2019 Lexus NX 300 center console
2019 Lexus NX 300 music system
2019 Lexus NX 300 music system

2019 Lexus NX 300 Exterior

“The 2019 Lexus NX is extroverted outside, comfortable inside, and more familiar by the year”- The Car Connection

Design and Styling

Lexus has always been pretty loud about their designs and the tradition continues with the NX. The revised spindle-shaped grill is daunting as ever plus the new headlights and taillights add more persona to the simple SUV design. Although, all these touches were made in the yesteryear and there is no concrete change that makes this year’s NX special. The F sport trim adds a bigger grill and wheels to create a more imposing stance. Though for some people Lexus feels over styled, for others it’s something to break the monotony from the regular SUV styling.

2019 Lexus NX 300 Side View
2019 Lexus NX 300 Side View

Dimensions and Weight

The NX 300 makes quite a visual impact, there is fine character-defining lines but that merges with the design to make a flush effect. However, the gigantic grill makes the SUV look big but actually, it’s inches shorter than other crossovers in the segment. The length is rated at 182 inches while the width and height are set at 73 and 64 inches. The ground clearance is pretty low at 7 inches and so is the wheelbase.

Model

Lexus NX 300

Acura RDX suv

Jaguar F-Pace 25t suv

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum suv

BMW X3 sDrive 30i suv

Lincoln MKC suv

Curb weight (lbs.)

3940

3783

3870

4109

4034

3823

Length(in)

182.6*

186.8

186.3

184.6

185.9

179.2

Width(in)

73.6

74.8

81.5

78.7

74.4

73.4

Height(in)

64.8

65.7

65.0

65.3

66

65.2

Ground clearance (in)

6.9

5.7

8.4

8.5

8.0

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

104.7

108.3

113.1

112.8

112.8

105.9

Track width (in) F/R

62.2/62.2

64.2/64.7

64.6/65.1

65.1/65.2

63.8/64.4

62.4/62.5

Exterior Features-

  • Power Tilt And Slide Moonroof
  • Alloy Wheel Locks
  • Door Edge Guards
  • Power Rear Door W/Kick Sensor
  • Mudguards
  • Roof Rack Cross Bars
  • F SPORT 19-In Split-Six-Spoke Forged Alloy Wheels
  • Paint Protection Film By 3M
  • Panoramic View Back Up Monitor
  • Door Edge Film By 3M
  • Premium Triple-Beam LED Headlamps
2019 Lexus NX 300
2019 Lexus NX 300
2019 Lexus NX 300
2019 Lexus NX 300
2019 Lexus NX 300
2019 Lexus NX 300
2019 Lexus NX 300
2019 Lexus NX 300
2019 Lexus NX 300
2019 Lexus NX 300
2019 Lexus NX 300
2019 Lexus NX 300

2019 Lexus NX 300 Safety

You might have to negotiate one or two things in the NX though safety is not compromised. NHTSA rated the NX 300 with a four-star frontal crash test ratings and an all-star rating for the side crash test. IIHS has not yet tested the NX 300 though it’s been carried forward from last year with no changes and last year it successfully pleased all its critiques. IIHS gave the NX with its Top Safety Pick+ award, so the safety scene is quite sorted for this SUV. After all, this testing comes the rich safety feature list.

  • Rear Door Child Safety Locks
  • Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Lane Departure Warning Accident Avoidance System
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps
  • LED Headlamp
  • Ventilated Front Disc / Solid Rear Disc Brakes
  • Cornering Lights

2019 Lexus NX 300 Competition

Lexus NX 300 vs Acura RDX-

Unlike Lexus Acura has big plans for the RDX, they changed the RDX to be more sporty and comfortable. The all-new RDX not just packs more power but has a bigger cargo bay with a competitive economy. The extra juice of horsepower gives Acura a considerable edge in acceleration plus is a more polished ride compared to the NX 300. As for practicality, Acura offers almost double of what Lexus offers.

With a similar price tag, the Acura RDX might be the better deal amongst the two.

2019 Acura RDX
2019 Acura RDX

Lexus NX 300 vs Volvo XC60-

Volvo XC60 is a premium SUV which competes in the big leagues. Tasteful interiors, potent engine, and traces of modern luxury are what you get with the XC60. Factoring this Chinese SUV with the NX 300 might not be a fair fight but its one we need to have. Volvo is a little over 40 grand but it fills the difference with more power and better cargo volume. The NX 300’s interior is fair as well, it looks premium, however, you won’t anything mildly similar to Volvo’s quality.

The XC60 might have an expensive price tag but it’s a worthy leap to take.

2019 Volvo XC60
2019 Volvo XC60

 

2019 Lexus NX 300 Final Verdict

Extroverted styling, well-crafted interior and decent driving dynamics is what you receive when getting in bed with this Lexus. Power is not the best but enough to combat tricky roads and cruise around the highway comfortably. But it's not the best in the market, if you like to constantly use the features or navigate through the infotainment then the NX 300 will not make things easy. Also, the low cargo volume is a big mockery for cargo volume for this segment.

Though the LX 300 is a solid deal it's not the most lucrative, the lapse of cargo and technology can be easily improved by going with a different brand.