While a base Lexus NX 200t starts at $36,080 (including $995 in destination charges), ripping out the turbocharged four-cylinder in favor of a hybrid powertrain kicks the price up to $40,715. The NX 300h's standard all-wheel-drive system softens the blow, somewhat, since the arrangement automatically adds $1,400 to the price of a gas-only NX.
That leaves an $1,835 gap between a base, all-wheel-drive NX 200t and the NX 300h, which seems reasonable for a vehicle that boosts the turbo's so-so 22-mile-per-gallon city and 28-mpg highway ratings up to 33 city and 30 highway. That works out to a seven-mpg improvement in combined city/freeway driving for the 300h.
As for the NX hybrid's standard equipment, it shares the following with the gas-powered NX 200t.
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- LED headlamps
- Push-button start with passive access
- Power front seats
- A power steering column
- Eight-speaker stereo
On top of those features, Lexus has a healthy suite of option groups, ranging in price from the $345 Comfort Package, which is little more than a memory function for the NX 300h's seats, to the $4,545 Luxury Package. Despite being the priciest option pack in the catalog, we'd recommend this one because of the sheer breadth of equipment it brings to the table – wood trim, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated/vented front seats, a powered rear hatch, and a moonroof.
The NX 300h matches a 2.5-liter gas engine with a trio of electric motors – one for the front wheels, one for the rear axle, and one to recharge the nickel-metal hydride battery pack. Total system output sits at 194 horsepower.