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


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Abhinandan Banerjee Senior Correspondent Updated on: December 8, 2019


With sales of Sedans and Hatchbacks falling at a rapid pace and with the increasing interest of Consumers towards SUVs, manufacturers started taking the same route for higher sales numbers. Lexus also jumped into this bandwagon in 2015 with their iteration of the Compact Crossovers. Dubbed as the NX (Nimble Crossover), the NX 300h is the Hybrid Iteration of the Standard NX 300. 

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Pros

Terrific MPG figures and Overall Driving Range

Superb Noise Insulation on the inside

Luxurious feeling Interiors

Spacious Cabin

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

$39070

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

194 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

152 lbs.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

7 speed auto shift manual

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

4180 lbs.

ground clearance

6.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

71.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

53.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

33/31/30 mpg

ev range

488.4 mi.

highway range (evs/hybrids)

444 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


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Exterior
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Interior
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Styles

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

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Ratings

Features

7.5

Interior

6.5

Safety

8.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Base

Base

power
194hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$39,070


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $39,070 MSRP (33/31/30) 194hp @ 5700 rpm, 2.5 L, inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Luxury

Luxury

power
194hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$46,160


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $46,160 MSRP (33/31/30) 194hp @ 5700 rpm, 2.5 L, inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.5

Overall Rating


For 2020, Lexus isn’t in favor of making tweaks to a tried and tested package and is offering it, with minor but important updates. The NX 300h now gets Lexus’ Safety System 2.0+ package as standard on all the trims and a few more safety features. You still get a 2.5L Naturally Aspirated Motor in the NX300h, powering it’s front wheels and Electric Motors, powering its rear. The Electronic CVT has been tuned for offering better MPG figures than outright performance and the 450+ miles of overall range is a testimony to this fact.

Available in 2 Trims- Base and Luxury, the 2020 NX 300h has been priced from $39,000 to $46,000. You also get a ton load of packages with the NX 300h that can be opted as per your needs. Rivals of the NX 300h includes the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

2020 Lexus NX 300h Front View
2020 Lexus NX 300h Front View
2020 Lexus NX 300h Rear View
2020 Lexus NX 300h Rear View

7.5/10
Features

 
 
 

6.5/10
Interior

 
 

8.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Features

7.5/10

The 2020 Lexus NX 300h, comes in just 2 trims but can be embedded with 4 optional packages. The NX 300h comes with AWD as standard. The Luxury trim gets features from the Premium package and some other nifty premium conveniences as well.

Trim

NX 300h

Luxury

MSRP(AWD)

$39,070

$46,160

Key Features

Multi-Power Adjust Front Seats

Adds to NX 300h

 

Amazon Alexa, Android Auto Connectivity

Linear Black Shadow Wood Interior Trim

 

Power Tilt/Telescopic adjust Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel

 

Dual Zone Auto Climate Control

Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers

 

Windshield Wiper De-Icer

Perforated Leather-Trimmed Interiors

 

Heated ORVM with Turn Indicators

LED DRL’s with Integrated Turn Indicators

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 choose?

The Base trim with the Premium Package seems like the best trim combination to go for in the 2020 Lexus NX 300h. You get features like Moonroof, Stylish Alloys and LED DRL’s on the outside and a good infotainment unit on the inside. Hence, this all combines to make this configuration the most sensible of the lot.

2020 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Engine

While the NX 300h shares mostly everything of the Standard NX 300, the Motor used in the former is entirely different from the latter. The NX 300h gets an Atkinson-Cycle Powered 2.5L Naturally Aspirated Motor, coupled with Lexus’ Hybrid Energy Drive that consists of Electric Motors powering the rear wheels. The Gas-powered unit powers the front wheels and hence, you get an electronic AWD setup with the NX 300h as standard. The Motor in the 2020 NX 300h, is slightly underpowered when compared to the standard NX 300 but the Electric motors, ensure a smoother power delivery.

2020 Lexus NX 300h Engine
The 2020 Lexus NX 300h gets an Atkinson-Cycle Powered 2.5L Naturally Aspirated Motor

The Transmission duties are performed by an Electronically Controlled CVT Unit. While there isn’t much to talk about the performance of the CVT unit, the Paddle shifters behind the steering wheel, somewhat manage to add to the driving experience of the NX 300h.

Models

Lexus NX 300h

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid*

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL*

MSRP

$39,070

$35,970

$36,790

Engine

2.5L DOHC 16V Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0L Boxer 4 Cylinder Naturally Aspirated

2.0L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4 Motor

Transmission

Electronically Controlled CVT with Paddle Shifters

Lineartronic CVT with Adaptive Control

Single Speed Direct Drive

Horsepower(hp)

194

152

190

Torque(lbs.-ft.)

258

145

137

*2019 Figures used for reference purposes only

The Subaru Crosstrek and the Mitsubishi Outlander, both fall short of the power figures of the Lexus. The Mitsubishi is slightly less on power against the Lexus while the Subaru is way short of the same. Both the Lexus and the Subaru are driven by CVT’s while the Mitsubishi comes powered by a Single Speed Direct Drive unit.

How fast is it?

The NX 300h isn’t the fastest sprinter out there and is one of the slowest crossovers, out there in the market right now. While the acceleration from the motor is decent for daily drives or inner-city commutes, it’s on the Motorway that the Lexus runs out of juice and feels devoid of power.

2020 Lexus NX 300h Acceleration
2020 Lexus NX 300h Acceleration

Models

Lexus NX 300h

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid*

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL*

0-60 MPH

9.1

8.3

9.1

Quarter mile

15.3

16.5

N/A

Engine

2.5L DOHC 16V Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0L Boxer 4 Cylinder Naturally Aspirated

2.0L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4 Motor

Emission

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

N/A

6.1

N/A

The Subaru Crosstrek, feels the least worst of the lot, in terms of acceleration figures. There is not much to separate between the Outlander and the Lexus in terms of 60MPH runs but the Lexus feels faster, in the quarter-mile runs.

What are the Road-manners like?

Lexus has leaned more on offering comfort to its customers rather than outright sportiness, with the 2020 NX 300h. The 300h gets a light steering that makes it easy to maneuver the Crossover through city streets. Exclusive to the 300h is the Damping control system, which feels much better at absorbing bumps and tackling undulations.

However, taking corners is not the best idea in the NX 300h, as the SUV leans a lot but in a way that could be controlled and minimized. The e-AWD system in the 300h can even adapt to the angle or condition of the road. It's always a pleasurable experience every time you sit inside the Lexus. Overall, the interiors feel premium and you won't find much to complain about while sitting inside this Lexus.

How good is the Braking performance?

Lexus was not that ambitious about NX 300h’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 300h. The SUV halts from the speed of 60 mph in 128 feet. Nosedive is pretty evident and tire squeals are prominent as well, under heavy braking.

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

Model

Lexus NX 300h

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid*

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL*

Brake Front (in.)

11.7

11.6

11.6

Brake Rear (in.)

11.2

11.2

11.9

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4180

3762

4178

60-0 MPH (ft.)

128

118

116

While the Mitsubishi has fallen short in all the departments till now, it does shine in terms of the braking performance. The Crosstrek manages to farewell while the Lexus is the worst of the lot here.

2020 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Fuel Economy

Lexus has used all of its years of expertise in making hybrid vehicles, to make the NX 300h, one of the most frugal crossovers in the market right now. The Electric Motors and the Gas powered motor, work in perfect tandem to dish out superb MPG figures. The Combined 31MPG figure of mileage and the 14.8 Gallon fuel tank, ensures that the Lexus goes over a range of over 450 miles with a full tank.

Model

Lexus NX 300h

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid*

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL*

MPG City(Miles)

33

27

N/A

MPG Highway Miles)

30

33

N/A

MPG combined (Miles)

31

35

25.3

Range (miles) (combined)

458.8

462

285.9

Tank Capacity (gal)

14.8

13.2

11.3

The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, manages to over shadow the Lexus’ mileage figures by the slightest of margins. The Mitsubishi fails miserably on this front and is the weakest performer, in terms of MPG figures.

2020 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Interior

6.5/10

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 300h Front Seat
The best part about the 2020 Lexus NX is its spaciousness,

Model

Lexus NX 300h

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid*

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL*

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

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

38.2/57.3/42.8

39.8/56.7/43.1

40.6/56.4/46.9

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.1/55.3/36.1

37.6/55.6/36.7

38.3/56.0/37.9

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 good is the Cargo carrying capacity?

The NX’s cargo volume is just about average as you only get 16.8 cubic feet of cargo volume. There is an option, however, to increase the storage space by folding the 60/40 Split-Folding seats down. The tailgate is not that wide, courtesy of the sloping roofline and makes loading wide stuff, a bit cumbersome.

2020 Lexus NX 300h Cargo space
The Lexus NX's cargo volume is just about average

Model

Lexus NX 300h

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid*

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL*

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

16.8

15.9

30.4

However, when you take the rivals into account, you will realize that the Mitsubishi, manages to outsmart all its other rivals in this department. The Lexus comes in second followed by the Subaru, which isn't far from the Lexus.

How good is the Infotainment system of the Lexus NX 300h?

While all car manufacturers are in the race to load their cars with the latest in terms of connectivity and infotainment, Lexus has jumped on the same bandwagon. For 2020, Lexus is adding the much needed Apple Car Play and Android Auto, as a part of standard equipment of the infotainment setup. Other noteworthy features include the following

2020 Lexus  NX 300h infotainment display
For 2020, Lexus NX is adding the much needed Apple Car Play and Android Auto
  • 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 features to expect on the inside?

On the inside, Lexus has ensured that the occupants of the NX hybrid, don't miss out on anything. Here is a list of the most noteworthy features on offer.

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter
  • Heated Leather 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 300h Cockpit area
2020 Lexus NX 300h Cockpit area
2020 Lexus NX 300h front seat
2020 Lexus NX 300h front seat
2020 Lexus NX 300h front seat
2020 Lexus NX 300h front seat
2020 Lexus NX 300h center console
2020 Lexus NX 300h center console
2020 Lexus NX 300h rear seat
2020 Lexus NX 300h rear seat
2020 Lexus NX 300h steering
2020 Lexus NX 300h steering

2020 Lexus NX 300h hybrid 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 past and there is no concrete change that makes this year’s NX special. For some people Lexus’ feels over styled, for others, it’s something to break the monotony from the regular SUV styling. So ultimately, it’s up to personal preferences.

2020 Lexus NX 300h Side View
2020 Lexus NX 300h Side View

Model

Lexus NX 300h

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid*

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL*

Curb weight (lbs.)

4180

3762

4178

Length(in)

182.6

175.8

184.8

Width(in)

73.6

71.0

70.8

Height(in)

64.8

62.8

67.3

Ground clearance (in)

6.9

8.7

7.3

Wheelbase (in)

104.7

104.9

105.1

The NX 300h 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 some 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.

What are the most standout features on the outside?

Like the inside, Lexus is offering a plethora of features on the outside, to keep onlookers gazing at the 2020 Lexus NX 300h. The standout features include

  • 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 300h
2020 Lexus NX 300h
2020 Lexus NX 300h
2020 Lexus NX 300h
2020 Lexus NX 300h
2020 Lexus NX 300h
2020 Lexus NX 300h
2020 Lexus NX 300h
2020 Lexus NX 300h
2020 Lexus NX 300h
2020 Lexus NX 300h
2020 Lexus NX 300h

2020 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Safety

8.0/10

You might have to negotiate one or two things in the NX though safety is not compromised. NHTSA rated the NX 300h 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 300h 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 with a 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 300h hybrid Competition

Lexus NX 300h vs Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, may not match the Lexus in terms of offering a premium feel while driving but for what it offers, it’s certainly no match. The Subaru is the more potent of the duo, in terms of driving dynamics and off-road abilities. The Subaru comes with a slightly more sophisticated Infotainment system of the 2 and offers terrific Mileage as well. However, the Lexus is by far, the best built in the segment and considering Lexus’ expertise in making Hybrid Vehicles, it sure seems to be the more dependable of the duo.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

Lexus NX 300h vs Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The Outlander PHEV comes the closest to the Lexus, as far as rivalry goes. Both have similar dimensions, offer a similar set of features on the inside and have good build on the whole. But that is where the similarities end. The Lexus feels a class above the Outlander, once you sit on its inside. The Lexus returns better MPG figures and is vastly more powerful than the same. In terms of driving dynamics, both the crossovers are on the same page but if were to put our money’s on one of the 2, we would lean towards the Lexus.

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

 

2020 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Final Verdict

The Lexus NX 300h is the cheapest crossover Hybrid from Lexus and acts as a gateway to the world of Hybrid SUVs from Lexus. For 2020, Lexus hasn’t incorporated many changes in the NX 300h. But with the addition of Safety Features, the NX 300h becomes a more formidable proposition than ever before. With the NX, you get a good blend of Luxury, Power, Practicality, Frugality, and Reliability. While there may be other SUVs that can be good in one of the parameters, mentioned previously but as an overall package, the NX 300h is still a Crossover that you can blindly have faith in and get it for your garage.