Tim Charlet
Automotive Editor - July 6, 2018

2019 Lexus NX OVERVIEW

A relatively new kid on the luxury compact SUV block, the 2019 Lexus NX stands tall in this competitive segment. The new Lexus NX is offered in three models: base NX 300, NX 300h Hybrid, and NX 300 F Sport. With two distinct powerplants to choose from, and a plethora of technology and driver-assisted safety features, the 2019 Lexus NX can be configured to fit the needs and wants of most compact luxury SUV shoppers.

What's New for 2019

The Lexus NX received a fresh upgrade in 2018 after a 2015 model year debut. The 2019 Lexus NX arrives at Lexus dealerships with a few enhancements, including a larger 10.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, a foot-activated rear liftgate, and the Lexus Safety System Plus as standard in all trims.

Lexus NX

Choosing Your Lexus NX

Consumers looking for a peppy yet practical compact luxury SUV will find the 2019 Lexus NX to their liking. The Lexus NX features three distinct trim levels, each of which is designed to attract a unique consumer base.

The base NX 300 and NX F Sport receive power from a 2.0-liter turchocharged inline four-cylinder engine that belts out 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This powerplant is paired to a standard six-speed automatic transmission, which can be configured in front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Front-wheel-drive variants return an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon city, 28 mpg highway, and 25 combined. All-wheel-drive NXs drop one mpg in combined driving. F Sport models that are AWD exclusive are rated at 22 mpg city, 27 highway, and 24 combined.

The Hybrid NX combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor, for a combined output of 194 hp. The hybrid powerplant is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with all-wheel drive being a standard feature. Fuel efficiency with this trim is expected to return 33/30/31 mpg (city/highway/combined), according to the EPA.

NX 300

The 2019 Lexus NX 300 is the base model, which comes standard with front-wheel drive and starts at $37,180 (all prices include the $995 destination charge). Consumers can opt for all-wheel drive for an additional $1,400. The base rides on standard 17-inch wheels and is well equipped with standard technology features including a 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment center with Bluetooth connectivity, USB charging ports, and an eight-speaker stereo system. The NX 300 features a surround-view monitor, an intuitive parking assist system, LED taillights, and a hill-start assist control system.

The base NX 300 can be enhanced with a few convenience packages. The Navigation Package ($1,860) includes Lexus’ Enform Dynamic Navigation system, a 10-speaker premium sound system, and an additional USB port. The Comfort Package ($980) offers heated and ventilated front seats, auto-dimming and auto-tilt side mirrors, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The Luxury Package ($4,705) provides consumers with a heated and leather-trimmed steering wheel, additional leather interior trim enhancements, a moonroof, heated and ventilated front seats, memory seating, 18-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, LED daytime running lights, and a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel. A Premium Package ($3,270) adds a power moonroof, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, LED daytime running lights, memory seating, 18-inch alloy wheels, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and auto-dimming side mirrors.

NX 300h

The most unique 2019 NX is the 300h or Hybrid which starts at $39,530. The hybrid powerplant returns an impressive 31 mpg combined and has an estimated driving range of 459 miles. In addition to similar standard features as the base, the 300h is standard with all-wheel drive and includes a damping control system which allows the suspension to adapt to different road angles and conditions. The 300h is offered with eight exterior colors and three interior patterns. This trim can be spiced up with the same packages as the base, at the same cost.

NX 300 F Sport

The upper tier trim of the Lexus NX is the 300 F Sport, which starts at $39,570. The F Sport receives a few exterior body-trim enhancements that produce a sporty appearance and rides on standard 18-inch wheels. The six-speed automatic transmission receives a paddle shifter upgrade with the F Sport along with a sport-tuned adaptive variable front and rear suspension. The F Sport includes the standard technology and safety features that come standard with the base but adds sport seating, g-force and turbo-boost gauges, and a performance-tuned exhaust system.

The NX 300 F Sport is available with the same convenience packages as the base with a few pricing changes. The Premium Package costs slightly less at $2,865, while the Comfort Package can be added for $1,140, which is slightly higher than on the base.

CarsDirect Tip

Choosing a 2019 Lexus NX is really about your style. With the starting prices falling within a few thousand dollars, each trim is uniquely built to fit your taste. If fuel economy is important to you, the 300h should be on your dance card. For the sporty consumer, the F Sport is a smart choice.

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