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2020 Lexus NX 300 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Abhinandan Banerjee Senior Correspondent Updated on: November 27, 2019


Lexus has been offering some of the most well built and Premium Automobiles to the world from Japan. The NX series of it’s SUV’s, have been the entry point to the World of Lexus for a very long time now. For 2020, Lexus is offering the same with some additional updates, to keep it fresh against the rising competition. Other than that, the NX still retains its character and reliability.

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Pros

Spacious Rear Seats

Plenty of Convenience Features

Sporty Styling

Superb Noise Insulation on the Inside

Commanding Driving Position

Premium Interior Build Quality

Cons

Average Cargo Capacity

Clumsy Touch Screen Interface user experience

What's New?

Lexus Safety System 2.0+ comes in as standard

Additional Standard Safety Features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36870

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

235 hp @ 4800 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft. @ 1650 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62.2/62.2

dimensions

wheelbase

104.7 in.

length

182.7 in.

width

73.6 in.

height

64.8 in.

curb weight

3940 lbs.

ground clearance

6.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

71.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

54.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/28 mpg

ev range

349.8 mi.

highway range

445.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / unlimited


Pictures

Exterior
 2020 Lexus NX 300 3 Quarter View  2020 Lexus NX 300 Left Side View  2020 Lexus NX 300 Right Side View  2020 Lexus NX 300 Front Head Lights  2020 Lexus NX 300 Rear View
Interior
 2020 Lexus NX 300 Seating Layout  2020 Lexus NX 300 interior  2020 Lexus NX 300 Doors  2020 Lexus NX 300 Rear Seats  2020 Lexus NX 300 interior

Styles

 2020 Lexus NX 300 in Atomic Silver color  2020 Lexus NX 300 in Autumn Shimmer color  2020 Lexus NX 300 in Blue Vortex Metallic color  2020 Lexus NX 300 in Eminent White Pearl color
Atomic Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.5

Interior

6.7

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Lexus NX 300 Base

Base

power
235hp @ 4800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$36,870 - $38,270


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $36,870 MSRP (22/25/28) 235hp @ 4800 rpm, 2 L, inline 4, premium unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $38,270 MSRP (22/24/28) 235hp @ 4800 rpm, 2 L, inline 4, premium unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Lexus NX 300 Luxury

Luxury

power
235hp @ 4800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$43,960 - $45,360


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $43,960 MSRP (22/25/28) 235hp @ 4800 rpm, 2 L, inline 4, premium unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $45,360 MSRP (22/24/28) 235hp @ 4800 rpm, 2 L, inline 4, premium unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

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Overall Rating


Based on the Toyota RAV4, the 2020 Lexus NX 300 comes powered by the same 2.0L Inline 4 Turbocharged Motor that did duty in the 2019 version. In terms of changes, the most significant being the standardization of Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist and Forward Collision Mitigation. Another significant addition comes in the form of the Lexus Safety System 2.0+, coming in standard in all the trims of the 2020 NX 300.
The NX 300 is available in both the Gas-powered configuration and in a Hybrid avatar as well. The Gas Powered NX 300, comes in a total of 3 trims- Base, F Sport, and Luxury. Prices of the same, ranges from $37,745 to over $46,000, depending on the trim and options added. The NX 300 can opt-in either an FWD configuration or an AWD configuration. 

2020 Lexus NX Front view
2020 Lexus NX front view
2020 Lexus NX rear view
2020 Lexus NX rear view

7.5/10
Features

 
 
 

6.7/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Lexus NX 300 Features

7.5/10

The 2020 Lexus NX 300, comes in just 3 trims but can be embedded with 4 optional packages. In terms of drive train, the NX 300, can be opted for either in an AWD configuration or an AWD configuration. Customers who aspire for a sportier version of the NX, can any time opt for the F-Sport trim.

Trim

NX 300

Luxury

MSRP(FWD)

$36,870

$43,960

MSRP(AWD)

$38,270

$45,360

Key Features

Multi Power Adjust Front Seats

Adds to F Sport

 

Front 12 V Power Outlet

Ventilated Front Seats

 

Tilt/Telescopic Adjust Steering Wheel

Linear Black Shadow and Interior Trim

 

Dual Zone Auto Climate Control

Perforated Leather Trimmed interior

 

Voice Activated Controls

Heated Steering Wheel

 

Heated ORVM with Turn Indicators

Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers

 

17” Alloy Wheels

 

Package Name

Comfort

Premium

Navigation

Mark Levinson Package

Features

Ventilated Seats

Adds to Comfort

Adds to Premium

Adds to Navigation

 

Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Memory Setting for Driver Seat, ORVM, Steering

Lexus Enform Dynamic Navigation System

14 Speaker, 10 Channel, 835 Mark Levinson Surround Sound System

 

Heated ORVM with Auto Tilt Down

Auto-Dimming rear-view mirror

10.3” Split Screen Multimedia Display

 
   

18” Alloy Wheels

Dynamic Voice Command

 
   

Power Moonroof

10 Speaker Lexus Premium Audio System

 
   

LED DRL’s and Turn Indicators

 

 

Which trim to go for?

The Luxury trim bundles plenty of premium features without much price hike over the base trim. Hence, going with the same will be the most sensible option.

2020 Lexus NX 300 Engine

With not a lot of changes being done by Lexus for 2020, the Motor in the 2020 NX 300 remains the same as the 2019 unit. That means, under the hood, you still get the same 2.0L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded Inline- 4 motor as last year. The Power and Torque figures come rated at 235hp and 258lbs.-ft. Respectively. These figures are mediocre, to say the least, and are a tad low than what the other rivals offer.

2020 Lexus NX Engine
2020 Lexus NX 300 get the same 2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Engine as 2019

Speaking of the transmission unit, you get a 6 Speed Automatic Unit with multiple driving modes. While this may not be the best unit in the business, it certainly isn’t the worst. The Unit does feel jittery at low speeds but makes up for the same at motorway speeds. You do however feel that the Transmission has been tuned more for efficiency rather than performance in terms of its responsiveness.

Models

Lexus NX 300

Acura RDX

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

BMW X3 sDrive 30i *

Lincoln MKC*

MSRP

$37,745

$38,595

$36,695

$41,995

$34,920

Engine

2.0L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded Inline- 4

2.0L i4 Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

Transmission

6-Speed Multi-Mode Auto

10 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

Horsepower

235 hp @ 4800 rpm

272 hp@ 6500rpm

248 hp@ 5500rpm

248 hp@ 5200rpm

245 hp@ 5500rpm

Torque

258 ft-lb @ 1650

280 ft-lbs@ 1600rpm

258 ft-lbs@ 1500rpm

258 ft-lbs@ 1450rpm

275 ft-lbs@ 3000rpm

*2019 Figures used for reference purposes only

The Acura RDX manages to top the list as far as power and torque are concerned. The Bimmer and the Volvo are tied at dead heat on the same front. The MKX comes in next and the NX rounds off the table.

Is it a Fast Crossover?

With Lexus gunning in for MPG figures rather than performance, the acceleration figures of the Lexus have to be on the slower side as compared to its rivals. The Lexus is the slowest to do the 60MPH run but fares better, in the quarter-mile run. On the Streets though, the NX feels decently powerful to perform that overtake but seems to run out of juice, on the highway.

2020 Lexus NX Acceleration
The 2020 Lexus NX is the slowest to do the 60MPH run but fares better

Models

Lexus NX 300

Acura RDX

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

BMW X3 sDrive 30i *

Lincoln MKC*

0-60 MPH

7.2 seconds

6.6 sec

4.9 sec

6.7 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter mile

14.8 seconds

15.2 sec

N/A

15.1 sec

15.3 sec

Engine

2.0L Intercooled Turbo Inline-4

2.0L i4 Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.1

9.3

N/A

6.8

8.4

A quick glance over the acceleration table and you will find that the Lexus, takes its own sweet time in getting things done. In the acceleration runs, it's the Volvo that comes out on top, owing to its scalable architecture and efficient powertrain. All other crossovers in this segment, manage to complete the performance runs at similar times.

How composed is the Ride?

Lexus should have filled in the gap of power with a V6 engine, however, it's not the case. Apart from the power scarcity the NX 300 has a light steering that gives you preciseness but takes away road communication. However, the backlash will only surface at high speed. Taking corners is not the best idea in the NX 300, as the SUV leans a lot but in a way that could be controlled and minimized. At last, being a crossover helps in better maneuvering in the city’s packed roads.

However, if you take into account its people-carrying capacity, you won't be left disappointed. Overall, the Lexus excels in moving people around the city in the most comfortable manner. The plush interiors and the composed ride with superior noise insulation, adds to the pleasure of being inside the Lexus' cabin.

How well does it Brake?

Lexus was not that ambitious about NX 300’s braking, also it was the only way to keep the cost low. So, Lexus took the smallest brake discs that could work on an SUV, resulting in an 11.7 inches front and 11.2 inches rear brakes were installed in the NX 300. The SUV halts from the speed of 60 mph in 138 feet. Nosedive is pretty evident and tire squeals are prominent as well, under heavy braking.

2020 Lexus NX Wheel
An 11.7 inches front and 11.2 inches rear brakes were installed in the 2020 Lexus NX 300

Model

Lexus NX 300

Acura RDX

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

BMW X3 sDrive 30i *

Lincoln MKC*

Brake Front (in.)

11.7

12.4

13.6

13

13.2

Brake Rear (in.)

11.2

12.2

12.6

13

12.4

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3940

3783

4109

4034

3823

60-0 MPH (ft.)

138

121

N/A

127

N/A

If you look from the braking perspective, the Acura RDX stays true to its dynamic quotient and comes out as the best performer in the braking department. The Bimmer, also fares pretty well in this aspect, owing to its well-optimized chassis and brake setup. The Lexus continues with its laid back approach and comes out as the least impressive performer in this comparison.

2020 Lexus NX 300 Fuel Economy

Lexus worked wonders by its hybrid witchcraft but failed to cast the same spell on the standard NX 300. In the city, you can expect an average mileage for 22 mpg and the mediocrity continuous on the highway through a 28 mpg fuel economy. The average figures stand at a respectable 25MPG. The overall range is about 350 miles on the city and 445 on the highway and is at par with the Lexus’ other adversaries.

Model

Lexus NX 300

Acura RDX

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

BMW X3 sDrive 30i *

Lincoln MKC*

MPG (city)

22

22

22

23

20

MPG (highway)

28

28

29

30

27

MPG (combined)

25

24

24

26

23

Range (miles) (city/highway)

350/445

376/479

414/545

396/516

314/424

Tank Capacity (gal)

15.9

17.1

18.8

17.2

15.7

Volvo's lightweight aluminum-based architecture, not only helps it to shed weight but also helps it to achieve superior MPG figures. The X3 surprisingly takes the top crown in individual figures but loses out to the Volvo's range. The MKC, courtesy of its big naturally-aspirated motor, loses out on the MPG department owing to the same fact.

2020 Lexus NX 300 Interior

6.7/10

As flamboyant and eccentric the Japanese exterior gets the interior is rather on the simpler side. The best part about the NX is its spaciousness, there is plenty of legroom and headroom, though the small windows make the rear cabin a little claustrophobic. The NX feels a little tall but the door opening is a bit short which can be obstructing for some. As for the quality, the cabin quality is on par though it’s simulated-leather upholstery it does not meddle with the experience. The rest of the interior feels genuine and well rounded.

2020 Lexus NX
The best part about the 2020 Lexus NX is its spaciousness

Model

Lexus NX 300

Acura RDX

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

BMW X3 sDrive 30i *

Lincoln MKC*

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.2/57.3/42.8

39.6/59.7/41.6

38.0/58.2/41.5

41.1/57.6/40.3

39.6/56.0/42.8

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.1/55.3/36.1

38.3/56.6/38.4

38.0/56.3/38.0

39.1/56.0/36.4

38.7/55.3/36.8

Again putting the word about the spacious NX’s cabin, you will have a decent front cabin space of 38.2 inches headroom and 42.8 inches of legroom. The rear cabin is not that bad either the legroom is squeezed to 36.1 inches and the headroom stays the same.

How much Cargo can you carry in the NX 300?

The NX’s cargo volume is disappointing, you only get 17.2 cubic feet of cargo volume. Though you can expand this space by using the foldable rear seats to 53.6 inches. The tailgate is not that wide, courtesy of the sloping roofline and makes loading wide stuff, a bit cumbersome.

2020 Lexus NX cargo space
2020 Lexus NX's cargo volume is disappointing

Model

Lexus NX 300

Acura RDX

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

BMW X3 sDrive 30i *

Lincoln MKC*

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

17.2

31.1

28.7

28.7

25.2

When you look at the rivals of the Lexus, you will find that it offers the least cargo space among all its adversaries. The Acura beats all its rivals in the cargo carrying capacity area. The Volvo and the BMW are locked at dead heat in this respect. The Lincoln, despite its dimensions, allows for a decent amount of cargo to be hauled with itself.

How good is the Infotainment system?

Lexus has been quick to respond to the needs of the modern-day car buyer. Keeping in mind the needs of the tech-savvy millennials, Lexus has incorporated a lot of friendly features in the infotainment system of the NX 300. The interface, however, isn't the slickest to respond and navigating through the menus can be a tedious task. The display is easily legible in bright sunlight and you will not have any problems reading through the same. The other highlights of the Infotainment system includes

2020 Lexus NX Infotainment Display
Lexus has incorporated a lot of friendly features in the infotainment system of the NX 300
  • Lexus Multimedia System with 8.0-in color display and compatible Scout GPS Link with MapStream and TurnStream modes
  • Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0
  • Lexus Enform Remote app with Amazon Alexa 3, Apple Car Play and Google Assistant compatibility
  • Voice Command
  • Bluetooth and USB smartphone connectivity
  • Eight-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System
  • Remote Touchpad

What are the most noteworthy features on the inside?

On the inside, Lexus has incorporated a ton load of features, to keep the occupants of the NX 300 busy. Here are some of the biggest talking points of the interiors 

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter
  • Leather-trimmed shift knob and heated steering wheel
  • Perforated leather-trimmed interior
  • Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column
  • Linear Black Shadow wood interior trim
  • SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop
2020 Lexus NX front seat
2020 Lexus NX front seat
2020 Lexus NX cockpit area
2020 Lexus NX cockpit area
2020 Lexus NX infotainment system
2020 Lexus NX infotainment system
2020 Lexus NX air vent
2020 Lexus NX air vent
2020 Lexus NX steering
2020 Lexus NX steeing
2020 Lexus NX instrumental cluster
2020 Lexus NX instrumental cluster

2020 Lexus NX 300 Exterior

Lexus has always been pretty loud about their designs and the tradition continues with the NX. The revised spindle-shaped grille is daunting as ever plus the new headlights and taillights add more persona to the simple SUV design. Although, all these touches were made in the yesteryear and there is no concrete change that makes this year’s NX special. Though for some people Lexus feels over styled, for others it’s something to break the monotony from the regular SUV styling.

2020 Lexus NX side view
2020 Lexus NX side view

Model

Lexus NX 300

Acura RDX

Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum

BMW X3 sDrive 30i *

Lincoln MKC*

Curb weight (lbs.)

3940

3783

4109

4034

3823

Length(in)

182.6

186.8

184.6

185.9

179.2

Width(in)

73.6

74.8

78.7

74.4

73.4

Height(in)

64.8

65.7

65.3

66

65.2

Ground clearance (in)

6.9

5.7

8.5

8.0

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

104.7

108.3

112.8

112.8

105.9

The NX 300 makes quite a visual impact, there are fine character-defining lines but that merges with the design to make a flush effect. However, the gigantic grill makes the SUV look big but actually, it’s inches shorter than other crossovers in the segment. The length is rated at 182 inches while the width and height are set at 73 and 64 inches. The ground clearance is pretty low at 7 inches and so is the wheelbase. The NX weighs at just 3940 lbs and is lower than most of its rivals.

The most noteworthy features on the outside?

Like the interiors, there is a lot to love about the exteriors of the 2020 Lexus NX 300. The most noteworthy highlights of the NX includes the following features

  • Power-Folding Outside Mirrors
  • Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • LED Headlights, DRL’s and Turn Indicators
  • Powered Moonroof
  • Heated Exterior Mirrors
  • 18” Alloy Wheels
  • LED Taillights
2020 Lexus NX front view
2020 Lexus NX front view
2020 Lexus NX
2020 Lexus NX
2020 Lexus NX
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2020 Lexus NX
2020 Lexus NX
2020 Lexus NX headlight
2020 Lexus NX headlight
2020 Lexus NX top view
2020 Lexus NX top view

2020 Lexus NX 300 Safety

You might have to negotiate one or two things in the NX though safety is not compromised. NHTSA rated the NX 300 with a four-star frontal crash test ratings and an all-star rating for the side crash test. IIHS has not yet tested the NX 300 though it’s been carried forward from last year with no changes and last year it successfully pleased all its critiques. IIHS gave the NX with its Top Safety Pick+ award, so the safety scene is quite sorted for this SUV. After all, this testing comes the rich safety feature list.

  • Rear Door Child Safety Locks
  • Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Lane Departure Warning Accident Avoidance System
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps
  • LED Headlamp
  • Ventilated Front Disc / Solid Rear Disc Brakes
  • Cornering Lights

2020 Lexus NX 300 Competition

Lexus NX 300 vs Acura RDX

The Acura RDX not just packs more power than the Lexus but has a bigger cargo bay and fuel efficiency figures as well. The extra juice of horsepower gives Acura, a considerable edge in acceleration plus is a more polished ride compared to the NX 300. In terms of the space and practicality, the Acura is slightly ahead of the Lexus and will be more suited, to the average American.

2020 Acura RDX
2020 Acura RDX

Lexus NX 300 vs Volvo XC60

While the base variants of the XC60 come at a far lower starting price when compared to the Lexus, they still lose out on a lot of power as well. Factoring in, a similarly priced XC60 with the base NX 300 and you will not be left wanting for more. The XC 60 comes loaded with a whole bunch of advanced futuristic tech and feels a lot safer than the Lexus as well. The Lexus, on the other hand, offers impeccable build, feels sturdy and will be a lot more reliable than the Swedish offering.

2020 Volvo XC60
2020 Volvo XC60

 

2020 Lexus NX 300 Final Verdict

The NX 300 from Lexus, opens doors to the world of Lexus’ SUV lineup. For the kind of price you will be paying for the Lexus, you will be getting a Solidly Build Compact SUV that will last longer than maybe your Grandma would. You also get striking looking exteriors that will attract the attention of everyone on the streets. Couple that with the added list of Safety Features and good MPG figures and you will have an SUV, that looks good, feels sturdy and will act as a superb daily driver. You will miss the performance on the motorway or on open stretches but overall, for that purpose, there are other dedicated options.