Upscale, but not-so-quiet interior. Lexus holds nothing back with its interior designs, and the NX is no exception. The 2020 Lexus NX starts off with a symmetrical dash with a tablet-like display that sits on top of the center stack. Beneath that, the buttons are organized neatly.

However, we dislike the scratch pad control system, as it's distracting at times and frustrating to use.

The interior looks best with the available bright red and tan leathers. The front seats are very comfortable, but the cabin isn’t as quiet as you’d expect.

We also take exception with the cramped rear seating compartment. There just isn’t sufficient leg room for tall passengers, and access and egress is somewhat restricted by the sloping roofline. Anyone wanting to make full use of a rear seat would do best to consider the larger Lexus RX.

Strong hybrid option. In recent years, Lexus has been narrowing the price gap between standard and hybrid models. Although the price separation is still $2,500, the hybrid NX comes with standard all-wheel drive.

Fuel economy differences are apparent too. The gas model earns an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon combined compared to the hybrid's 31 mpg combined. Another advantage is in fuel choice, as the standard model requires premium gasoline while the hybrid uses regular grade.

In all, the price differences are negligible considering how much more the hybrid supplies for the price.

Lexus NX

Stellar safety. The Lexus NX comes with a full suite of driver-assist safety features, including adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is available.

For these reasons and more, the NX has an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus designation to show. Moreover, it garnered a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.

When it comes to safety features and crash ratings, the Lexus NX is on top of its class.

F Sport has sporty look and drive. Lexus offers an F Sport trim on most models. This package includes a unique front fascia with a mesh grille, special fenders and badges, and a sport-tuned suspension. LED daytime running lights, black side mirrors, and unique gloss-black wheels offer further distinction.

Inside, the cabin features race-inspired paddle shifters, metallic trim, aluminum pedals, and an upgraded instrument panel with G-force and a black headliner. Front sport seats with additional bolstering are also present.

Final thoughts. The 2020 Lexus NX is tops in fuel efficiency with the hybrid model. That it includes all-wheel drive is a plus.

All trims now include Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa, but Android Auto still isn’t available. Overall, the NX offers a competitive product for the segment with a design that’s nothing like any other out there.

Check prices for the 2020 Lexus NX »