2018 Lexus NX 300 F Sport

Pros: Peppy acceleration with turbo engine; impressive, high-quality interior; nimble handling, especially with F Sport model; build quality

Cons: Polarizing styling; back seat is tight for large adults; F Sport’s suspension makes for a stiff ride over sharp bumps; some testers dislike the Lexus Remote Touch Interface touchpad controller for the infotainment system

CG Says: Lexus NX has revised styling for 2018. The Lexus Safety System + (pre-collsion w/pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, high-beam assist, lane-keep assist) is now standard on all models. NX is a premium compact crossover SUV that is loosely based on the Toyota RAV4. This five-passenger SUV is available in two versions: the NX 300 (formerly NX 200t), which is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 235 horsepower, and the NX 300h, a hybrid with a 195-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gas/electric powertrain. NX 300 has a six-speed automatic transmission and is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The NX 300h has a CVT transmission and is exclusively all-wheel drive with a system that uses a separate electric motor to drive the rear wheels when necessary. Offered only on 300 models is an F Sport package that adds unique interior and exterior trim and a firmed-up sport suspension. Optional features include a navigation system, park-assist system, heated steering wheel, power-folding and reclining rear seats, power rear liftgate, wireless phone/device charger, sunroof, and blind-spot monitor. The NX is a thoroughly impressive entry into a competitive, growing market segment. Its radical styling may be off-putting to some, but NX backs up its ostentatious looks with compelling powertrains, an athletic driving character, and a truly luxurious feel. Pricing is competitive as well.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Lexus
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices NX 300: $36,980
AWD NX 300: $38,380
NX 300 F Sport: $39,370
AWD NX 300 F Sport: $40,770
AWD NX 300h Hybrid: $39,330

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

Optional Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder/electric
Std. Transmission
Avail. Transmission
other trans.
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

2018 Lexus NX 300h Hybrid
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
Side Crash - 5
Rollover - 4

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