2020 Lexus NX

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2020 Lexus NX Review: Luxury Value

Crossovers abound in the USA, so it's no surprise that the luxury segment is booming right now. Competition is stiff, but the Lexus NX holds its own against renowned brands like BMW and Acura. The powertrain may not be anything to write home about, with a 235-horsepower turbo four-cylinder paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox. Front-wheel-drive is the standard across the range, matching most rivals, but every model gets access to an all-wheel drivetrain, too. There is no lack of tech and safety features at any trim level, and the Lexus enjoys almost perfect safety and dependability ratings. However, no car is perfect, and the NX 300 suffers from sub-par cargo capacity and a rather annoying infotainment system. On the plus side, it finally gets Android Auto this year, and the overall value you get with a Lexus NX is extremely good for its pretty low starting MSRP.

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2020 Lexus NX Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 NX?

For 2020, the new Lexus NX finally comes standard with Android Auto, while other new standard features include a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, Lexus Safety System + 2.0 with lane tracing assist and road sign recognition, as well as active cornering assist. The exterior and interior color palettes have been updated, too, with Cadmium Orange replacing Silver Lining and Autumn Shimmer on the outside. Inside, Rioja Red accents have been changed to Black, and Arctic White/Black F Sport upholstery is now available. The model lineup also sees the addition of a new trim, the Lexus NX 300 Luxury.

Pros and Cons

  • Excellent reliability rating
  • Near-perfect crash test scores
  • Roomy, cozy cabin
  • Upscale materials and high build quality
  • Very competitive mileage figures
  • Cramped trunk
  • Finicky infotainment system
  • Not as athletic as its rivals

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2020 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
$36,870
NX 300 F SPORT
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$39,110
NX 300h
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
$39,420
NX 300 Luxury
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$43,960
NX 300h Luxury
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
$46,510
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2020 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
  • Nebula Gray Pearl
  • Atomic Silver
  • Caviar
  • Blue Vortex Metallic
  • Matador Red Mica
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Ultra White
  • Obsidian
  • Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0

2020 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

Luxury is the name of the game when it comes to the Lexus NX, so it naturally delivers a sublimely smooth driving experience. The suspension is a little on the firm side, though, but it still absorbs all but the most aggressive bumps without much complaint. The F Sport gets sport-tuned suspension that is stiffer still, but even that still leans more towards comfort than top-speed maneuvering. Nevertheless, the NX can handle itself on a windy road. Expect some body roll if you push the crossover's limits, but they don't come up as quickly as you might think.

The steering is well-weighted when moving at speed, while still being light and precise when slowly maneuvering around town or busy parking lots. The brakes are equally capable, although they can be a little grabby when applied in emergency situations, resulting in some alarming nosediving.

Three drive modes come standard: Normal, Eco, and Sport. The first makes no changes to the vehicle's standard operations, while the second focuses on improving fuel efficiency. Sport mode makes throttle responses more precise to improve acceleration; however, it is the Sport S+ mode exclusive to the F Sport that offers the most improvement to driving dynamics.

The Lexus NX offers some mild off-roading capabilities thanks to its available all-wheel drivetrain and lockable center differential, but the relatively low ground clearance doesn't inspire confidence over rougher terrain, so you may want to stick to the urban jungle.

2020 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

2020 NX Trunk and Cargo Space

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2020 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 Lexus NX a good car?

The Lexus NX SUV certainly has a lot to recommend it, with laudable safety and reliability reviews from a variety of independent organizations. It won the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award this year and boasts a five-star rating from the NHTSA. But safety isn't the only place the compact luxury SUV excels.

Throughout its trim levels, the NX offers a well-appointed and -designed cabin with a host of standard comfort and convenience features. It is also remarkably spacious inside, for passengers, that is. Unfortunately, the crossover does suffer from slightly sub-par trunk space. And while it may have plenty of modern features, the Lexus infotainment system feels outdated and difficult to operate. At least Android Auto is standard this year.

When it comes to driving, there is nothing to complain about. But the Lexus NX won't excite you either. Ride comfort is definitely the strong point, with the suspension easily eating up most bumps you are likely to encounter in town. However, the NX isn't all that athletic, even in its F Sport trim, so many competitors like the BMW X3 will appeal more to those who want a capable daily driver that is still fun. Nonetheless, the Lexus is certainly a good vehicle and should be on the shortlist of buyers who want a capable family SUV, although those who really need more cargo space might want to look at more generous rivals or a larger segment altogether.

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2020 Lexus NX Comparisons

Lexus RX CarBuzz
Lexus UX Lexus
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Lexus NX203 hp26/33 mpg$38,350
Lexus RX 275 hpTBCTBC
Lexus UX 169 hp29/37 mpg$33,450

2020 Lexus NX vs Lexus RX

The RX is the big brother to the NX, resting in the midsize luxury crossover SUV segment. Naturally, this means it bears a slightly higher price tag in comparison to the compact NX. However, the RX also gets a more capable powertrain to haul that extra weight. The V6 engine develops 295 hp and 267 lb-ft to either the front wheels or all four on the five-seater SUV. The RX is built just as well as the NX, with high-quality materials throughout the cabin. It also enjoys extremely high safety ratings. With larger dimensions than the NX, the RX is able to provide even more passenger space inside the cabin but the trunk is only 16 cubic feet. This isn't much more than the NX, though, and it's subpar for the RX's segment. With comparable tech and comfort features to the NX, and competitive fuel economy for its segment, the RX is certainly worth considering if you want the extra passenger space and engine power. However, the NX is more bang for your buck in a compact and handles and drives the way a Lexus should - don't make a decision without going for a test drive first.

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2020 Lexus NX vs Lexus UX

Much like the RX is the big brother, the UX is the little brother to the NX. This means it gets the weaker engine and smaller dimensions you'd expect from a subcompact. The four-cylinder doesn't get a turbocharger, so it only develops 169 hp and 151 lb-ft, so don't expect to be flying down the road anytime soon. But the NX is hardly a speed demon, either. The UX is certainly more maneuverable around town with its smaller dimensions, and it handles surprisingly well. The subcompact is just as well-appointed as its big brother, and might even be more handsome inside, although it doesn't offer as much passenger space. Where the little beast has the larger NX beat, though, is trunk space, offering a whopping 21.7 cubic feet with the rear seats up. Overall, there is a reason the Lexus UX rates so highly in our subcompact list, much higher than the NX does in its own segment. Unless your family consists of two or three extremely lanky teenagers, the UX should serve you better as a daily town driver.

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