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2019 NX 300 Base 4dr Front-wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $36,485
2019 NX 300 Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $37,885
2019 NX 300 F Sport 4dr Front-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $38,725
2019 NX 300h Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $38,835
2019 NX 300 F Sport 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $40,125


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

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The 2019 Lexus NX is a boldly styled alternative in the compact crossover SUV segment. If you can get past its looks, or even find the exterior sheet metal attractive, the NX is a comfortable crossover with a healthy list of standard features. On the flipside, the NX manages to lag behind its American and German rivals with subpar handling and fuel economy, while Lexus' infotainment system, which now offers Apple CarPlay (sorry Android users, Android Auto still isn't available), is tricky to use.

Best Value

The Lexus NX lineup is offered in three trims: NX 300, NX 300 F Sport and NX 300h (hybrid). While the F Sport model is the best-looking of the family, making the step up to the F-branded model doesn't bring a large difference in performance with it. With that in mind, we'd recommend skipping all-wheel drive, unless you're in a northern part of the country, and going with the regular base trim.

Pricing for the NX 300 with front-wheel drive starts at $37,380. Power for the model comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that produces 235 horsepower. Fuel economy for the configuration is EPA-rated at up to 22 miles per gallon city, 28 mpg highway, and 25 combined.

Standard features on the NX 300 include dual-zone automatic climate control, power-folding exterior mirrors, an eight-inch display, an eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a WiFi hot spot, Siri Eyes Free, Amazon Alexa compatibility, a rearview camera, and NuLuxe upholstery. The NX 300 also comes with Lexus Safety System Plus as standard, which adds automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams.

Here's how we'd spec our Lexus NX 300:

  • Model: 2019 Lexus NX 300
  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Output: 235 hp / 258 lb-ft
  • Transmission:Six-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy:22 City / 28 Hwy
  • Options:Premium Package ($3,270, a power moonroof, heated and ventilated front seats, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, enhanced LED daytime running lights, a power-tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel), Navigation Package ($1,860, navigation, a 10.3-inch display, Lexus Enform Destination Assist, a 10-speaker audio system, an extra USB port, Lexus Enform Dynamic Navigation), Electrochromic inside mirror ($125, required with Navigation Package)
  • Base Price:$37,380 (including the $995 destination fee)
  • Best Value Price:$42,635


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With its sharp exterior design, the NX may fool some into thinking it's a razor-sharp crossover to drive. That's far from the case, as its engine is outshined by competitors and its suspension setup that leans toward being more of a comfortable daily-driver.

That's not to say the NX isn't comfortable. The standard trim's suspension set up does a great job of masking rough roads and the feedback being translated through the brakes is good for a vehicle in the segment. Those seeking something sportier will be better off opting for the F Sport trim, as it comes with all-wheel drive as standard, larger 18-inch wheels, different tires, and an updated suspension. The six-speed automatic transmission in the F Sport is also tuned for quicker shifts.

Even the NX F Sport, though, is far from sporty, as the most athletic model fails to feel quick or lively on a windy road.


Now that we've all had time to get used to Lexus' polarizing spindle grille, the crossover's styling isn't as off-putting as it once was. The massive grille leads the overall design for the model, as it has a lot of sharp edges and dramatic design elements. The F Sport is a little more menacing with black exterior trim pieces, a more prominent chin spoiler, and unique fog lights. It may not appeal to everyone, but Lexus did something different than its competitors, which should be commended.

The NX's interior tells a different story, one that's more subdued. Soft-touch materials, high-end elements, and a conservative design highlight the crossover's cabin. The front seats are especially noteworthy, being comfortable for long trips. The F Sport trim gets special sport seats that come with more bolstering for a tighter hold when cornering.

While the crossover's interior is great for the luxury segment, the haptic touchpad is still cumbersome to use. Thankfully, Lexus has finally added Apple CarPlay capability to its infotainment system, but Android Auto is still absent.

The Best and Worst Things

The NX's exterior design lands somewhere between being good and bad – some will love it, while others will hate it. A relatively high price will have some consumers looking at other options, but the vehicle's large list of standard features makes it a good value proposition.

Performance, especially with the NX's sharp styling, is disappointing, as are the crossover's fuel economy numbers.

Right For? Wrong For?

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Couples and small families looking to get into a crossover that stands out in the crowd. If getting luxury, technology, comfort, and safety in a value-packed option is high up on the priority list, the NX won’t disappoint.

If you’re looking for a sporty ride, other options are a better choice.

The Bottom Line

Look past the unique styling and puzzling infotainment system and the 2019 Lexus NX brings value to a segment that's not known for it. Handling and fuel economy may not be on par with others in the segment, but the NX makes up for it with the latest safety features, a long list of standard equipment, and a comfortable demeanor, making it a good option for a lot of buyers.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 235 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Standard: 6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 28 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 235 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 28 / 25 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Double Wishbone
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
15.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
54.6 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
72 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
182.3 "
Exterior Width
73.6 "
Exterior Height
64.8 "
Front Headroom
38.2 " / 37.4 "
Rear Headroom
38.1 " / 38.0 "
Front Legroom
42.8 "
Rear Legroom
36.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.3 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.3 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,940 Lbs.
Wheel Base
105 "
Turning Radius
19.9 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Forged Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated / Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Nuluxe Leatherette / Leather
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
8 / 10
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt / Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Monitor Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Pre-collision System (pcs) Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Intuitive Park Assist Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / 10,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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