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2020 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Anuron Deka Content Writer Updated on: November 28, 2019


Introduced in late 2014, the NX has been one of the most popular entry- level luxury crossovers in 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 attention of the masses. When it was launched initially, it carried the NX 200t nomenclature. However, over the years it did recieve some mild updates along with a new name as well. This small SUV from Lexus, is still in its first generation and has now moved into its 2020 model year without any significant updates.

 

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Pros

Spacious rear seats

Good fuel efficiency

Rich in standard safety equipment and features

Quiet and comfortable cabin

Cons

Cluttered infotainment interface

Cramped cargo space

Misses out on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

What's New?

No significant updates for 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36485

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

154 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

152 lbs.-ft @ 4400 rpm

transmission

continuously variable-speed 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

4180 lbs.

ground clearance

6.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

39.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

53.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1150 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

33/31/30 mpg

highway range

444 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



Styles

 2020 Lexus NX 300h hybrid in Atomic Silver color  2020 Lexus NX 300h hybrid in Autumn Shimmer color  2020 Lexus NX 300h hybrid in Blue Vortex Metallic color  2020 Lexus NX 300h hybrid in Caviar color  2020 Lexus NX 300h hybrid in Eminent White Pearl color  2020 Lexus NX 300h hybrid in Matador Red Mica color  2020 Lexus NX 300h hybrid in Nebula Gray Pearl color
Atomic Silver

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

7.5

Interior

6.5

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Base

Base

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

$38,835


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $38,835 MSRP (33/31/30) 154 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Blue Vortex Metallic
  Silver Lining Metallic
  Autumn Shimmer
  Atomic Silver
  Matador Red Mica
  Caviar

Expert Review

7.3

Overall Rating


The term "NX" in its name stands for 'Nimble Crossover', at least what Lexus says. However, the name seems to be somewhat justifying for the cause. The Lexus NX 300 is based on the Toyota RAV4 and is the second smallest member of the Lexus crossover family after the UX. The smaller proportions and a balanced steering wheel make the NX quiet manueverable around city trafficks.

Apart from the plush interiors and a comfortable ride quality and a decent fuel economy,  the NX 300 can indulge in some offroad battle as well along with a decent fuel economy, thanks to the Toyota DNA that it herits. However, where the 2020 Lexus NX 300 might be dissappointing is the outdated interior design and a frustrating infotainment interface. Something in which its rivals like the Jaguar F- Pace, BMW X3, and Volvo XC60 are much better at.

2020 Lexus NX 300h Angular Front View
2020 Lexus NX 300h Angular Front View
2020 Lexus NX 300h Angular Rear View
2020 Lexus NX 300h Angular Rear View

7.0/10
Features

 

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

6.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Features

7.0/10

The 2020 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 and the features to price ratio is well calibrated. 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

 

We Recommend

There's only one trim on offer with NX 300h. So you have just the colors to choose from.

2020 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Engine and Performance

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

Engine and Performance

The new NH300h and the Toyota RAV4 hybrid shares the same 2.5L 2AR-FXE Direct injection with D4ST turbocharger technology and valve timing intelligence (VVT-i) technology. The inline 4-cylinder gasoline engine is 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 a 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 

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 a standstill at 7.5 seconds (all thanks to its low curb 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 lead it to wobble a bit at high speeds (as expected). The ride quality is so supple and comfortable at low speeds though. It gets an 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 the 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. The same story goes with Honda CR V LX as well and stops at 129 feet.

2020 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Fuel Economy

The 2020 Lexus NX300h, of course, has a hybrid powertrain and does decently well in the 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 the 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.

2020 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Interior

6.5/10

“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 headroom is about 38.2 inches and 38.1 inches respectively ad impressive front legroom 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 the least amount of overall usable passenger volume, which eats up the volume inside the 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 legroom 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.
  • Dual-zone climate control.
  • Nuluxe interior trim.
  • Driver seat and steering memory adjustment functionality.
  • The 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.
  • Blindspot management and towing support.

Infotainment display features

The 2020 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, an Enhanced GPS system for better accuracy, etc. The features include:

  • DAB/AM/FM radio
  • Scout GPS Link with the 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 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 2020 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.

2020 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Exterior

“The 2020 Lexus NX is extroverted outside, comfortable inside, and more familiar by the year.” –The Car Connection

Design and Dimension

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

Wheelbase(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 into the wider cabin space inside. It is also the car with the 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 the 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.

2020 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Safety

The 2020 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 locator, Emergency assistance button (SOS), 24 Hour roadside 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
  • Back-Up Camera

2020 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Competition

Lexus NX 300h vs Toyota RAV4 LE Hybrid

This Japanese car shares the same internals as that of the Lexus NX300h and comes with fewer 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.

Lexus NX 300h vs 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.

Lexus NX 300h vs 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 the engine is 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.

2020 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 with the price that 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 is naturally cautious.