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2020 NX 300 Base 4dr Front-wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $36,870
2020 NX 300 Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $38,270
2020 NX 300 F SPORT 4dr Front-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $39,110
2020 NX 300h Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $39,420
2020 NX 300 F SPORT 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $40,510
2020 NX 300 Luxury 4dr Front-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $43,960
2020 NX 300 Luxury 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $45,360
2020 NX 300h Luxury 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $46,510
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3 (Good)

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Overview

The 2020 Lexus NX is back with no major changes. A previously available Luxury Package has been spun off into its own trim level, and the NX gets the Lexus Safety System Plus 2.0 suite of safety features standard across the lineup. Frustratingly, the lack of change means the finicky touchpad infotainment system returns and there's still no Android Auto – despite the fact that the 2020 Lexus RX is getting it.

Lexus NX

Choosing Your Lexus NX

Lexus offers the NX 300 in three trims: Base, F Sport, and Luxury. A hybrid version, the NX 300h, is available in Base and Luxury trims. The gas version starts at $37,745 including destination for the NX 300, while the hybrid starts at $40,095 for the NX 300h. Prices top out at $44,835 for a gas-powered NX 300 Luxury, or $47,185 for the hybrid NX 300h Luxury.

Engine Choices

Gas-powered Lexus NX models use a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while hybrid variants get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder paired with an electric motor. The hybrid system does have the advantage of an electric-only drive mode, which can run at speeds under 30 mph until the battery is drained.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L Turbo23525825 mpg (FWD), 24 mpg (AWD)
2.5L Hybrid19415231 mpg (AWD)

The gas powertrain uses a six-speed automatic transmission, but the hybrid uses a continuously variable transmission with overdrive. Gas-powered models start with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is a $1,400 option. All-wheel drive is standard on hybrid models.

Passenger & Cargo Capacity

All Lexus NX models seat up to five. Regular models have 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the seats and 54.6 cubic feet with the second row folded, which is low for the class. Hybrid models only contain 16.8 cubic feet with the seats up.

Lexus NX

Safety Features

The Lexus Safety System Plus 2.0 suite of safety tech is standard on all NX models. It includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and road sign assist.

Other safety features like blind-spot monitoring, a surround-view camera system, and park assist are standard on higher trims and optional everywhere else.

This year’s NX hasn’t been tested by the NHTSA or IIHS yet. With no major changes, ratings should repeat last year’s, which were strong. The NHTSA gave the 2019 NX a five-star safety rating, while the IIHS awarded ratings of "Good" or "Superior" in every category.

Connectivity

All NX models are compatible with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa, but Android Auto hasn’t made the cut. Lower trims start with an 8-inch version of Lexus' infotainment screen with its notoriously frustrating remote touchpad interface, but a 10.3-inch display comes optional with a Navigation Package or standard on either Luxury trim.

The NX is also available with seven Lexus Enform services. Enform provides next level connectivity with wi-fi, emergency assistance, vehicle health reports, remote services, destination assist, dynamic navigation, and an app suite that allows owners to access certain mobile apps through the infotainment display.

Lexus NX

NX 300 - From $37,745

For a compact luxury crossover, the NX 300 is well equipped. Standard fare includes 17-inch alloy wheels, power-folding side mirrors, power-adjustable front seats, keyless entry, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The steering wheel and shift knob are trimmed with leather, but the rest of the upholstery is synthetic.

To add blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, buyers have to add the $980 Comfort Package, which also includes heated and ventilated front seats. However, the box for that package can't be ticked without first adding a $150 auto-dimming rearview mirror, which means the price is really $1,130.

Shoppers can get those features plus a moonroof, memory functionality, 18-inch wheels, integrated turn signal indicators, and enhanced LED daytime running lights through the Premium Package, which costs $3,270.

The $1,860 Navigation Packages brings the aforementioned 10.3-inch infotainment screen and a 10-speaker audio system, while the same features are available with a 14-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound audio system in a $2,920 package.

If buyers don't want package bundles, many of these options are available à la carte, such as the moonroof ($1,100) and heated front seats ($440).

The NX 300h hybrid starts at $40,095, and is identically equipped aside from the powertrain and standard all-wheel drive. Essentially, buyers pay a $950 premium for the hybrid powertrain over an AWD non-hybrid NX 300.

Even packages and options are the same with one exception. The gas-powered NX 300 has a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds, but the hybrid requires a $160 standalone option to unlock a 1,500-pound towing capacity.

NX 300 F Sport - From $39,985

Although the F Sport trim doesn’t get a power boost, it does come with a sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters, a performance drive mode, and displays for G-force and turbo boost.

It also brings a unique look with a more aggressive front fascia, rear bumper, and headlights, black exterior mirrors, and 18-inch, split-five-spoke wheels. On the inside, there's front sport bucket seats, a leather-trimmed shift knob, and a heated steering wheel. F Sport badging is present in a variety of places from the steering wheel to the front fender.

Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are still optional as part of the $1,140 Comfort Package. LED running lights and 18-inch wheels are standard on the F Sport, so the Premium Package drops to $2,865.

In addition to exclusive rim options, the F Sport can have an adaptive suspension for $770.

NX 300 Luxury - From $44,835

The big upgrade for the NX 300 Luxury is all-leather upholstery, but it comes with a lot of other goodies. The Luxury also comes loaded with a moonroof and all of the other features from the Premium Package, a navigation system and the rest of the contents of the Navigation Package, a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a power liftgate, and black wood interior trim.

Buyers can take things further with the 14-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound audio system, which is offered in the only available package that costs $1,060.

The NX 300h Luxury simply adds the hybrid powertrain and AWD to the NX 300 Luxury's contents for a starting price of $47,185.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2020 Lexus NX is well equipped and is a good value, but buyers still have to add packages to get features many expect to come standard on a luxury model on most trims, such as a moonroof, leather upholstery, and blind-spot monitoring. Considering the small premium associated with moving up to the hybrid variant, it's certainly worth a look if fuel economy is a priority.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Sporty exterior
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Beautiful interior
  • Economical hybrid
Cons
  • Frustrating controls
  • Inefficient gas engine
  • Restricted rear seat
  • Road noise intrusion
Expert Rating
3 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

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

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: 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.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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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.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 235 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 28 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
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
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 28 / 25 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
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
$61
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
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Forged Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated / Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround / Black
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Nuluxe Leatherette
Front Seat Type
Bucket
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
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
8 / 10 / 14
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
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
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
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
Driver
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 / Intelligent Clearance Sonar Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
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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