2019 Lexus NX 300h Hybrid

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Lexus NX 300h is one of the most striking hybrid compact SUVs right now in the market. With deliciously reflecting sharply angled surfaces it almost looks in motion while still being standing still. Since its introduction in 2014 it has been brimmed well and has great tricks up its sleeve functionally.

Lexus intelligently names its cars NX in NX 300h simply means Nimble X-over and is powered by 2.5 L inline-4 petrol engine combined with an electric motor together producing a measly 194hp and 152 lb-ft. The price starts at $38,835.


7.0/10
Features

 

7.5/10
Engine

 
 

7.2/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

The 2019 NX 300H conflicts with the challenge, for example, Toyota RAV4 LE Hybrid, Volkswagen Tiguan S and any semblance of Honda CR V-LX. The energetic and rich NX 300H fairs truly well against its opponents in such a large number of good angles however there are few niggling bits to be managed.

2019 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Features

7.0/10

The 2019 Lexus NX Hybrid comes with a single trim known as the NX300H and is priced decently at $38,335. The features on offer are great too. The features to price ratio is well calibrated here in this vehicle for sure. There are some exquisite luxury features that are only found on Lexus cars and the Hybrid NX300H gets a lot of it.

Trims

NX 300h

MSRP

$38,335

Features

Smart Access

 

Drive mode select

 

Dual-zone climate control

 

Nuluxe interior trim

 

Leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob

 

High-resolution color LCD multimedia display

 

Scout GPS link

 

Eight-speaker Lexus premium sound system

 

Backup camera with dynamic gridlines

 

Roof rails

 

Bluetooth technology

 

USB smartphone connectivity

 

Subscription-free traffic and weather

 

Siri eyes free

 

Eight-airbag system

 

Vehicle stability control

 

Lexus Enform safety connect

 

Lexus Enform service connect

 

Lexus Enform remote

 

Carpet floor mats

 

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2019 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Engine

7.5/10

“While its acceleration won't blow the doors off any stoplight challengers, the NX should offer enough power for the casual driver.” –Car and Driver

The new NH300H and the Toyota Camry hybrid shares the same 2.5L 2AR-FXE Direct injection with D4ST turbocharger technology with valve timing intelligence (VVT-i) technology for an inline 4-cylinder gasoline engine paired to a 6 step E-CVT with paddle shifters. The engine alone produces 153 HP and has a combined peak power output of 194 HP at 5700 RPM and 152 lb.-Ft of maximum torque. At the time of word go, only electric motors are powered to the front wheels with the help of Nickel hydride batteries and the engine is being shut off. As the throttle input is increased, the engine picks up speed as well along with the electric motors and starts propelling the car forward. The throttle response is very good at low engine speeds and has pretty good amount of thrust and it is more than sufficient. But once the 4000 RPM mark is crossed, it kind of struggles to pull the vehicle.

Models

Lexus NX 300 Hybrid

Toyota RAV4 LE Hybrid

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Honda CR V-LX

MSRP

$35,985

$24,235

$24,595

$24,150

Engine

2.5L 4-Cylinder

2.5L 4-Cylinder Atkinson Cycle

2.0L inline 4- cylinder, 16V, Turbo charged,TSI

2.4L Inline 4

Transmission

CVT Automatic

CVT Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

CVT Automatic

Power

194 hp

194 hp

184 hp

184 hp

Torque

152lb-ft

152 lb-ft

221 lb-ft

180 lb-ft

The Lexus NX300H is the least affordable car in the given competition by a huge margin. Here both the Toyota RAV4 and the Lexus NX 300H shares the same engine with a unique Atkinson cycle, which is usually found in cars with inline 5-cylinder engines compared to a conventional Otto cycle. The German rival, the Tiguan stands tall at the torque department among the competition at 221 lb.-Ft. The on-paper figures and the real-world performance talks differently though. It is very evident among all the above-mentioned cars.

Acceleration

Although being the heaviest car in the competition, it comes out as the champ in terms of quarter mile drag race, completing the run in at 15.3 seconds and decently performs when it comes to 0 to 60 mph run.

Models

Lexus NX 300 Hybrid

Toyota RAV4 LE Hybrid

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Honda CR V-LX

0-60 MPH

8.4 sec

8.3 sec

8.5 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter mile

15.3 sec

17.0 sec

16.2 sec

15.8 sec

The Honda CR V is indeed the quickest to 60 mph from stand still at 7.5 seconds (all thanks to its light weight) and is 5th of a second shy to the NX when it comes to quarter mile drag race. The RAV4 is the slowest to complete the quarter mile run although it is the second quickest to 60 mph from 0.

Handling and steering

The suspension setup of the new Lexus 300H is a bit on the plushier side. Combined with that, the tall boy stance, low center of gravity and the weight of the car itself leads it to wobble a bit at high speeds (as expected). The ride quality is so supple and comfortable at low speeds though. It gets independent front and rear suspension setup and is superior in terms of gliding over rough patches. The steering feel and feedback is terrific at high speeds and weighs up well. It also eases up as you slow down the car to maneuver at city speeds.

Braking

The braking performance of Lexus NX 300H is surprisingly good. In spite of its higher weight, it came up as the winner, stopping in at 118 Feet. It has decently sized discs on all 4 wheels, which sits at 11.7 inches in the front and 11.2 inches at front.

Model

Lexus NX 300 Hybrid

Toyota RAV4 LE Hybrid

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Honda CR V-LX

Brake Front(in)

11.7

11.6

13.4

11.1

Brake Rear (in)

11.2

11.1

11.8

10.2

Curb weight(lbs)

4180

3925

3777

3307

60-0 MPH (ft.)

118

119

134

129

The Toyota RAV4 catches up right behind the NX at 119 feet. Strangely the Volkswagen Tiguan S even though having the biggest disc diameter and weighing less than the two Japanese siblings, came in at the last place at 134 feet. Same story goes with Honda CR V LX as well and stops at 129 feet.

2019 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Fuel Economy

The 2019 Lexus NX300H of course has a hybrid powertrain and does decently well in fuel economy side. Because of the fact that only the electric motors run the car at low speeds, the MPGs are higher at 33 MPG in city and as the vehicle needs more power on highways, the engine kicks in and the MPG number drops to 30.

Model

Lexus NX 300 Hybrid

Toyota RAV4 LE Hybrid

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Honda CR V-LX

MPG (city)

33

34

22

26

MPG (highway)

30

30

27

32

MPG (combined)

31

32

24

28

Both the RAV4 and NX300H are almost neck and neck. The Tiguan comes last in city MPG rating and doesn’t shine at highway as well compared to the 2018 NX Hybrid. The CR V LX being the lightest, is the most efficient on highways.

2019 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Interior

7.2/10

“The NX's high-quality, ever fashionable interior is a retreat, and its front seats are among the most comfortable.” –Car and Driver

Seating and Comfort

The Lexus NX Hybrid is a 5-seater crossover with 71.6 cubic feet of passenger volume feet because of the fact that it is shorter. The front and rear head room is about 38.2 inches and 38.1 inches respectively ad impressive front leg room of 42.8 inches.

Model

Lexus NX 300 Hybrid

Toyota RAV4 LE Hybrid

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Honda CR V-LX

Passenger capacity

5

5

7

5

Passenger Volume (ft cube)

71.6

100.7

123.9

105.9

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.2/57.3/42.8

39.8/57.3/42.6

39.6/57.0/40.2

40.1/57.9/41.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.1/55.3/36.1

38.9/55.4/37.2

39.1/55.9/36.5

39.2/55.6/40.6

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

N/A

N/A

33.8/47.8/27.9

N/A

On paper at least, the LX 300H is the one with least amount of overall usable passenger volume, which eats up the volume inside cabin a bit. The legroom, headroom and shoulder room are comparable to the rivals when it comes to real world though. Yet the cabin doesn’t feel claustrophobic. The Tiguan being a genuine 7-seater, offers the most amount of passenger volume at about 124 cubic feet. The leg room for second row seats is long at 40.6 inches for the CR V-LX, which is almost four inches more than the 2018 Lexus NX Hybrid.

Interior features

  • Drive mode select.
  • Black leather with Shimamoto wood inlays.
  • asdxDual-zone climate control.
  • Nuluxe interior trim.
  • Driver seat and steering memory adjustment functionality.
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob.
  • High-resolution color 8-inch LCD multimedia display.
  • Heads up display.
  • Q/wireless charging.
  • 14 speaker Mark Levinson premium sound system.
  • Backup camera with dynamic gridlines.
  • Roof rails.
  • Illuminated scuff plates.
  • Bluetooth technology.
  • Heated steering wheel.
  • Subscription-free traffic and weather.
  • Siri eyes free.
  • Eight-airbag system.
  • Blind spot management and towing support.

Infotainment display features

The 2019 Lexus NX Hybrid is equipped with a 7-inch VGA screen and has some interesting infotainment features which actually can’t be found on Toyota cars like the controls for Air conditioning system, Enhanced GPS system for better accuracy etc., The features include:

  • DAB/AM/FM radio
  • Scout GPS link with Lexus touchpad navigation system.
  • Equalizer presets and settings for the audio.
  • Controls for media input and USB smartphone connectivity.
  • E-store for downloadable apps.
  • Info option shows real time power distribution of the car’s powertrain, trip history and other info regarding the battery status, optimal usage etc.,
  • In display controls for driver side AC and dual zone climate control along with seat heating and ventilation.

Cargo Volume

The cargo volume for the Lexus NX Hybrid is 17.7 cubic feet when the second-row seats are up It offers 54.6 cubic feet behind the first-row seats when the second-row seats are down.

Model

Lexus NX 300 Hybrid

Toyota RAV4 LE Hybrid

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Honda CR V-LX

Behind 3nd Row(ft.cube)

N/A

N/A

12.0

N/A

Behind 2nd row (ft.cube)

17.7

35.6

33.0

39.0

Behind 1st Row(ft.cube)

54.6

70.6

65.7

76.0

As it can be seen from the table, the 2018 Lexus NX 300H has the lowest cargo volume of 17.7 cubic feet when the second-row seats are not folded and will increase to 54.6 cubic feet when it is lowered. The Honda CRV-LX has the highest cargo space at 39 cubic feet and increases to 76 cubic feet, which is the highest among the rivals.

Towing Capacity

The 2019 Lexus NX Hybrid has the towing capacity of 1500 lbs., which is not too much but sufficient to pull some decent weight of about three superbikes with a trolley to their home, i.e., the race track. Although the 2018 Lexus NX 300H being a hybrid AWD crossover, sadly the towing capacity is on the lesser side of the spectrum, thanks to the lesser torque on offer.

Model

Lexus NX 300 Hybrid

Toyota RAV4 LE Hybrid

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Honda CR V-LX

Capacity (lbs)

1500

1700

2200

1500

Drive Train

AWD

AWD

FWD

AWD

Power Train

2.5L

2.5L

2.0L

2.4L

The Volkswagen Tiguan has the highest towing capacity of 2200 lbs, again thanks to its higher torque output. The CR V-LX and the 2018 Lexus NX Hybrid shares the same capacity of 1500 lbs. The RAV4 however has a bit more torque going to the wheels to tow 200 lbs. more than the Lexus NX Hybrid.

2019 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Exterior

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

Dimension and weight

The Lexus Hybrid is the widest at 73.6 inches and the shortest has the lowest ground clearance (Helps it to handle well). The headroom on paper might seem less but the roof is scooped out for better headroom. The wheelbase is proportionate to the other dimensions and stands at about 105 inches.

Model

Lexus NX 300 Hybrid

Toyota RAV4 LE Hybrid

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Honda CR V-LX

curb weight(lbs)

4180

3925

3777

3307

Length(in)

182.6

183.5

185.1

180.6

Width(in)

73.6

72.6

72.4

73.0

Height(in)

64.8

67.1

66.3

66.1

Ground clearance(in)

6.7

7.0

7.9

8.2

Wheel base(in)

104.7

104.7

109.8

104.7

Track width(in) F/R

62.2/62.2

61.8/61.8

62.2/61.8

63.0/63.7

The NX300H is the widest among the competition and that translates directly in to the wider cabin space inside. It is also the car with lowest height and least ground clearance of 64.8 and 6.7 inches respectively. It might be cumbersome for off road duties but it offers better stability than its rivals at high speeds but the Tiguan is on a different level though.

Exterior features

  • Automatic Tri-projector beam headlamps with automatic level adjuster by sensing the vehicle’s weight
  • Powered foldable rear-view mirrors.
  • 18-inch rims on all four wheels.
  • Multi slat front grille.
  • Mirror integrated turn signals.
  • Panoramic sunroof, shark fin antenna.
  • Smart access.

2019 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Safety

The 2019 Lexus NX 300H is packed with all sorts of safety goodies like Lexus Enform w/Safety system, which is exclusive to premium Lexus cars only which includes stolen car locater, Emergency assistance button (SOS), 24 Hour road side assistance and automatic pre-collision notification. Other safety features include:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS and Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Forward Collision
  • Lane Keep Assist Lane Keeping Assist
  • Lane Keep Assist Lane Departure Warning
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag and Passenger Cushion Front Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap and Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

2019 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Competition

Toyota RAV4 LE Hybrid

This Japanese car shares the same internals as that of the Lexus NX300H and comes with less features and lower price tag. The design is quite different though. Nonetheless it’s a solid performer overall and almost everything you need is present.

Volkswagen Tiguan S

The Volkswagen Tiguan S is the only German competitor here in this group and is the bigger sibling of a regular Tiguan. The highlight though is its 2.0L TSI motor from the house of Volkswagen and to be honest it’s a gem. Very responsive to throttle inputs and great tractability but suffers from less fuel economy figures among the lot here.

Honda CR-V LX

The Honda brand is another giant when it comes to Automobile industry I.C Engine production capacity of the world. With its CR V-LX, they are just able to tick most of the right boxes when it comes to this car. It is indeed feature loaded and engine very refined. The looks could have been better to few but it’s a personal choice.

The Tiguan S is of course the most spacious and is the only 7-seater and the FWD vehicle over here and shines in its engine department The RAV4 is like a twin brother for the Lexus NX300H with lower price tag and the Honda CR V-LX is a bit different and unique in the segment.

2019 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Final Verdict

The Lexus NX 300H is a very luxurious, safe and feature loaded car. Anyone getting this car wouldn’t be disappointed for the price what they pay. The engine however is tuned to deliver good drivability and great fuel economy in a city and it’s not a bad thing either. The engine is decently powerful. But if you are someone looking for a crossover with a very powerful engine, you need to look away. However, this “Nimble Crossover” is for the bold people who want to show the society that had a bit of success in their life and are nature cautious.

Pros

Striking design

Fuel efficiency

Safety equipment and features

Cons

Cluttered infotainment

High trunk lip

Slow Shifting Gearbox

What's New?

Not much has changed since the last year

Addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$38535

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

horsepower

194 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

152 lb.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm

transmission

continuously variable-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

Ventilated solid rear disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

104.7 in.

length

182.7 in.

width

73.6 in.

height

64.8 in.

curb weight

4180 lbs.

ground clearance

6.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

39.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

41 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1150 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

33/31/30 mpg

highway range

444 mi.

highway range (evs/hybrids)

444 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

no



Styles

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

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Interior

7.2

Comfort

7.5

Driving

6.5

Engine

7.5

7.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Base

Base

power
194 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$38,535


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $38,535 MSRP (33 mpg/31/30 mpg) 194 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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continuously variable transmission all wheel drive 5   Blue Vortex Metallic
  Silver Lining Metallic
  Autumn Shimmer
  Atomic Silver
  Matador Red Mica
  Caviar

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