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2019 Lexus NX Review

by Gabe Beita Kiser

The crossover luxury SUV segment is particularly popular and competitive, and the Lexus NX 300 is a competent contender within this class. The NX 300 sources 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine via a six-speed electronically controlled transmission, available with either a front-wheel-drive or all-wheel drivetrain. Receiving class-leading reliability and safety scores, and high estimates for fuel economy, the NX 300 promises to be a worthy adversary to class rivals such as the 2019 Acura RDX and BMW X1. Nevertheless, the NX 300 does present some shortcomings in terms of limited cargo capacity and lackluster infotainment usability, both of which are key segment areas that could set it behind many of its class rivals. But, with one of the lowest starting prices in this segment, a hybrid-powered variant as optional, and plenty of onboard value to boot, the NX 300 is certainly an SUV to consider taking on your next road-bound adventure.

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2019 Lexus NX Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2018 NX?

With the NX 300 having undergone a steady overhaul in 2018, not many significant innovations have been contrived for the model coming into 2019. There are a handful of tech feature upgrades, including Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa functionality which has been added to the Lexus multimedia system, and the Lexus Enform Remote App now features smartwatch, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant integration. The 2019 model NX 300 is otherwise considered a carry-over vehicle, identical to the 2018 model in almost every other regard.

Pros and Cons

  • Perfect predicted reliability rating
  • Perfect crash test scores
  • First-rate overall build quality
  • A comfortable and spacious cabin
  • Above-average gas mileage
  • Cargo capacity is limited
  • Clumsy Remote Touch Interface
  • No Android Auto functionality

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2019 Lexus NX Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
NX 300
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$36,485
NX 300 F SPORT
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$38,725
NX 300h
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
$38,835
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2019 NX Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 182.3 in
  • Wheelbase 104.7 in
  • Height 64.8 in
  • Max Width 73.6 in
  • Front Width 62.2 in
  • Rear Width 62.2 in
  • Curb Weight 3,940.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Eminent White Pearl
  • Atomic Silver
  • Nebula Gray Pearl
  • Silver Lining Metallic
  • Caviar
  • Blue Vortex Metallic
  • Matador Red Mica
  • Autumn Shimmer
  • Ultra White
  • Obsidian
  • Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0

2019 NX Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Automatic, Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

By design, the Lexus NX 300 delivers a soft and comfortable ride, though it does exhibit a firmer than usual feel for a Lexus vehicle. The F-Sport model is equipped with a sport-tuned suspension, which is slightly stiffer than the base model, yet still inclined toward comfort. Around winding roads and sharp turns, the NX 300 remains respectably poised with inherent confidence in terms of stability, although both variants exhibit some cautious body roll at the limit. The NX 300's ride composure is a highlight that allows it to rise above rivals; the standard suspension makes easy work of road imperfections and has the NX 300 gliding effortlessly over ruts and bumps. Steering in the NX 300 is precise and weighted appropriately. Effort lightens up slightly at lower speeds for improved maneuverability and tightens up when the vehicle moves faster for better control and confidence at higher speeds. In terms of braking, the NX 300 feels tractable for the most part, but it does result in some nosedive and slight writhing from the back tires when pushed hard in emergency brake testing.

The suspension in the NX 300 features a lockable center differential which improves traction during off-road operation. That said, the NX 300's modest running ground clearance and tame traction control system are more suitable to urban conditions or mildly-irregular terrain - definitely not for off-roading.

The base NX 300 features a Drive Mode Selector with Normal mode, which operates the vehicle in its standard performance phase; ECO mode, which alters operation for optimized fuel efficiency; and Sport mode, which quickens throttle response time and delivers a little extra punch to the acceleration. The F-Sport trim receives the addition of Sport + mode which further increases throttle response time.

2019 NX Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 42.8 in
  • Front Head Room 38.2 in
  • Rear Leg Room 36.1 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.1 in

2019 NX Trunk and Cargo Space

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2019 NX Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    6 Years \ 70,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    6 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    1 Years \ 10,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2019 Lexus NX A Good SUV?

With near-flawless crash test ratings from both the NHTSA and IIHS, and a perfect predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power, the 2019 Lexus NX 300 is an excellent luxury SUV. Besides its class-leading safety and reliability, the NX 300 achieves budget-friendly gas mileage estimates and proves to be one of the more affordable vehicles in the class, which translates to great value for money. The luxury-oriented, high-quality cabin is kitted out with premium materials and attractive trim, is spacious and boasts sublime, comfortable seating. On top of that, the NX 300 is feature-rich, with access to a scope of worthy optional packages and standalone extras. It's not all sunshine-and-roses, however, as the NX 300 could do with an updated infotainment system and a replacement for its iffy Remote Touch Interface. The exclusion of Android Auto functionality is also a glaring oversight. Cargo capacity in the NX 300 doesn't quite match up to its chief rivals and proves rather limited overall, and with some rivals also offering a sportier driving experience, you may want to check out other options first if athletic driving and cavernous trunk space are your priorities in an SUV.

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2019 Lexus NX Comparisons

Acura RDX Acura
BMW X1 BMW
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Lexus NX203 hp26/33 mpg$38,605
Acura RDX 272 hp22/28 mpg$41,550
BMW X1 228 hp24/33 mpg$35,400

2019 Lexus NX vs Acura RDX

The 2019 Acura RDX is equipped with a similar 2.0-liter engine, however, it has been tuned to produce more torque and horsepower; it also features a torque-vectoring Super Handling all-wheel drive system. This gives the Acura the low-end power and acceleration that the NX 300 exhibits, plus, handling poise and dynamics that are far above that of the NX 300. The NX 300, however, still delivers a more comfortable and composed ride. There is much more trunk space available in the Acura, with more versatility for cargo storage throughout the cabin. Additionally, passenger seating space is also marginally better in the Acura. Technology and connectivity convenience in the RDX is also superior to that of the NX 300, featuring two 2.5-amp ports in the front and rear cabin for smart device charging. Due to the well-balanced class aspects of the Acura and its refined powertrain configuration, we believe it is the superior choice over the NX 300, although the Lexus offers a higher maximum tow capacity by about 500 pounds.

See Acura RDX Review

2019 Lexus NX vs BMW X1

The 2019 BMW X1 is marginally more affordable than the NX 300, but is not a tow-rated vehicle in the USA, whereas the AWD NX 300 at least has the option to add a tow receiver hitch, enabling it to tow up to 2,000-lbs. The BMW is faster off the starting line and on the open road and exhibits classic BMW handling dynamics, superior to most of the vehicles in this class. In this regard, it's quite impressive that the BMW is also more fuel-efficient - although only by a hair's breadth. Where the NX 300 tops the BMW is in ride quality, as the BMW's focus on sporting potential has stiffened its composure, offering a vastly contrasting feel to the comfort-oriented NX 300. Passengers in the Lexus will experience a much softer, more pleasant drive overall. At base level, the Lexus offers better quality on-board tech functionality overall, where the BMW can only compete with the inclusion of the optional packages. Though the BMW may offer superior driver engagement and an edgier driving experience, the NX 300 truly delivers in the key class-relevant aspects of luxury and utility, which makes it the better buy of the two.

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