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2020 Lexus NX 300
MSRP Range: $36,720 - $45,210

Pros
  • Cabin is very quiet at highway speeds
  • Supremely comfortable ride and seats
  • Lots of standard high-tech safety features
Cons
  • Remote Touchpad interface is frustrating to use
  • Limited cargo volume
  • Not much fun to drive, even with the F Sport package
What's new
  • New driver safety features, including low-light pedestrian detection, bicyclist detection and lane centering assist
  • New Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Mark Levinson premium sound system is now available
  • Part of the first NX generation, originally introduced for 2015 as the NX 200t
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2020 Lexus NX 300 Review

The 2020 Lexus NX 300 is a desirable small-luxury SUV that's comfortable and spacious enough for adult passengers and packed with all sorts of standard (and optional) safety features. For 2020, it gets added standard safety equipment via the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0, plus a Mark Levinson premium sound system is offered for the first time. What's more, we like the seats, the interior materials are plush, and the cabin layout is nice. Unfortunately, there are some big drawbacks worth noting, too.

While the cabin is roomy, the NX's cargo space is limited, especially with the rear seats in place. The sloping rear hatch minimizes cargo space even further, putting it well behind rivals. Up front, the infotainment interface still uses Lexus' touchpad system, which can be distracting and frustrating to use. Lexus has added Android Auto smartphone integration for 2020 at least. It joins Apple CarPlay, so now pretty much all smartphone users can more easily mirror their phone's apps on the infotainment display.

In the end, the 2020 NX 300 isn't our least-favorite SUV, but it isn't a class leader either. It has good value compared to similarly priced rivals and plenty of desirable standard safety features — so for some shoppers, it might be worth a look.

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Our verdict

7.0 / 10
When it comes to providing a quiet and comfortable ride experience, the Lexus NX 300 excels among luxury crossover SUVs. Performance places it midpack in the segment, and its smaller cargo capacity and high cost compared to more capable and spacious SUVs knock it down a few more pegs. But the biggest drawback is the frustrating infotainment interface, which might be the worst in the industry

How does it drive?

7.0
For performance and driver engagement, the NX 300 comes up as merely average among small luxury SUVs. The engine is smooth and has good low-end power, but its 0-60 mph time of 7 seconds flat is average among compact crossover rivals with turbocharged four-cylinders. In panic-braking tests from 60 mph, the NX 300 needed 136 feet to stop, which is a considerable 10 feet longer than average.

Steering effort is appropriate and precise, but there's little feedback for the driver. When cornering, there's a good amount of body roll, but the NX is still reasonably predictable and poised. The transmission provides seamless shifts in typical driving conditions, and the smooth engine virtually disappears from your awareness.

How comfortable is it?

8.5
The NX 300's abundance of overall comfort is uncommon in the segment. The front seats offer plenty of room and adequate support for a variety of body types, and optional front-seat ventilation enhances long-distance comfort. The rear seats are also accommodating for adults.

In keeping with Lexus' greater emphasis on comfort, the NX's suspension smooths over road imperfections with ease. Neither busy nor nervous, the NX 300 seems to glide unaffected over ruts and bumps. The dual-zone automatic climate control system is controlled mainly through well-labeled buttons and rocker switches. The system works well and isn't too loud. Among luxury crossover SUVs, the Lexus NX 300 is one of the quietest.

How’s the interior?

6.5
The front seats are spacious, and the rear seats have enough — but not abundant — head- and legroom for adults in the outboard seats. The small rear windows, however, make those quarters feel a bit more confining than they are. A memory function saves your seat and steering wheel position, and the range of adjustability will allow most drivers to find a decent setup. The Easy Entry feature, combined with below-average legroom, might make it difficult for passengers to get in or out of the vehicle behind a tall driver.

The optional touchpad interface, however, is easily the worst in the industry. The controller is hard to manage, and there's a distinct lack of intuitive menus and buttons. Luckily, most other cabin controls are logical and well-conceived.

How’s the tech?

7.0
Although the technology in the NX is modern and effective, its clunky interface may turn off tech-savvy buyers. Thankfully Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now available. The optional navigation system, however, is easy to use, with fairly accurate traffic information. Voice controls work well and allow for some degree of natural language. In-car 4G LTE Wi-Fi is included for the first year.

The NX's adaptive cruise control, front collision mitigation braking and optional rear cross-traffic alert systems all work well. The lane keeping assist and automatic high-beam activation are less useful since their effectiveness varies too much depending on terrain and surroundings.

How’s the storage?

6.0
The NX sits just below average within the segment for interior cargo space or nooks and cubbies for your gear. It trails competitors with its 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. Cargo room is further hampered by the sloped rear window that limits the vehicle's ability to take on bulky items with the seats folded. The door pockets are small, as are the glovebox and center console compartment.

The rear seats are a bit cramped, so installing a large rear-facing child seat will be a challenge. It is easy to find and access the car seat points that serve the outboard seating positions, but the center position uses belts attached to the roof.

How economical is it?

7.0
The all-wheel-drive NX 300 is rated at 24 mpg combined (22 city/27 highway), an estimate that is competitive with other vehicles in the class. We averaged 25.7 mpg on our highway-heavy evaluation loop, which is in line with what we'd expect with such a rating

Is it a good value?

7.0
A base NX 300 provides good value, especially if interior volume isn't the highest priority. The NuLuxe simulated leather upholstery looks and feels like the genuine article. Common touch points are well-padded, and other interior materials are good quality and tightly fitted for a solid feel. But add a bunch of options and the appeal of the NX lessens because the price gets harder to justify and its shortcomings become harder to overlook. Warranty coverage is a bit better than average for a luxury make.

Wildcard

7.0
Styling, both inside and out, may present a love-it-or-hate-it proposition. The many high-tech features should appeal to early adopters, but the heavily flawed touchpad interface will temper their enthusiasm. While the NX 300 lags behind others in its class in driver engagement and performance, it will prove more than adequate for most drivers. It's not particularly entertaining or stimulating, but it is predictable and controllable. It's easy to drive in nearly all conditions and places few demands on the driver.

Which NX 300 does Edmunds recommend?

New standard safety features added to the NX 300 this year make the base model worth considering. Buyers seeking more creature comforts can check out the Comfort and Premium packages.

Lexus NX 300 models

The 2020 Lexus NX 300 is a five-passenger compact SUV available in two trim levels: the standard NX 300 and the NX 300 F Sport. It comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (235 horsepower, 258 lb-ft of torque) and a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. The NX 300h hybrid is reviewed separately.

Standard equipment highlights on the base Lexus NX include 17-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and mitigation, lane departure warning and intervention, keyless ignition and entry, power-adjustable front seats and simulated-leather upholstery (Lexus' NuLuxe). You also get an 8-inch infotainment display with a touchpad interface (Remote Touchpad); Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa compatibility; and an eight-speaker sound system.

The F Sport adds 18-inch wheels, special exterior styling elements, a sport-tuned suspension, more aggressively bolstered seats, and a sport steering wheel.

Availability of other packages varies by region, so you'll want to check with your local dealer. Notable ones to look out for include the Comfort, Premium and Navigation packages. Other options for the Lexus NX include a 14-speaker Mark Levinson premium sound system, a power liftgate, a panoramic view monitor, upgraded LED headlights, and adaptive suspension dampers (F Sport only).

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Lexus NX 300.

5 star reviews: 69%
4 star reviews: 7%
3 star reviews: 7%
2 star reviews: 7%
1 star reviews: 10%
Average user rating: 4.2 stars based on 13 total reviews

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  • maintenance & parts
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Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, Great Compact SUv
Ren,
F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Recently purchased our 2020 NX300 F Sport and we are absolutely pleased. It’s big enough for our family of 3 and would still work perfectly if we decided to add a 4th. We chose the red leather interior with black leather in the back seats and they are beautiful. We wanted an SUV that wasn’t too big in order to avoid struggling with parking since we live in the city so this size was perfect for us. Very pleased so far.

5 out of 5 stars, LEXUS NX is a sweet spot for many...
Smart Buyer ,
4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Very refined smaller SUV that feels bigger when operating; terrific quality as usual from LEXUS; base model feels well equipped with power tilt telescoping steering wheel, power rear door & power folding exterior rear view mirrors..safety features are great but we feel blind spot monitors and heated seats should be standard. Don’t miss the sunroof, rarely used anyway; eminent white over glazed caramel is beautiful. Premium fuel requirement should be carefully considered. Premium vinyl seating surfaces are better than leather in our opinion. Test drive before buying Cadillac, Acura, Audi or BMW

5 out of 5 stars, I feel confident driving it even at night
MaryF,
4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

We looked at the Honda CRV and a fully loaded Rav 4 hybrid before purchasing the 2020 NX 300. The car is comfortable and quiet but most importantly safe. I haven't liked driving at night because Iive in an area filled with tourists and older drivers, which equals unpredictability. The driver assist features of NX 300 enables me to confidently navigate both highway and city driving in all conditions.

5 out of 5 stars, Love It!
LDJ,
Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

I have had for a few days and so far I have nothing but good things to say. It's a smooth drive and I am enjoying it. I downsized from the Lexus RX 350 so that was a bit of an adjustment but I am glad I made the move to something smaller. It fits my needs and it purrs....

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Features & Specs

4dr SUV features & specs
4dr SUV
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A
MSRP$36,720
MPG 22 city / 28 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower235 hp @ 4800 rpm
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4dr SUV AWD features & specs
4dr SUV AWD
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A
MSRP$38,120
MPG 22 city / 28 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower235 hp @ 4800 rpm
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F SPORT 4dr SUV features & specs
F SPORT 4dr SUV
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A
MSRP$38,960
MPG 22 city / 28 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower235 hp @ 4800 rpm
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F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A
MSRP$40,360
MPG 22 city / 27 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower235 hp @ 4800 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite NX 300 safety features:

Lexus Safety System+ 2.0
Helps mitigate accidents by alerting you when a front collision is imminent or when you deviate from your lane.
Blind-Spot Monitor
Alerts you if a vehicle is in your blind spot and warns about approaching cross-traffic when backing up.
Lexus Enform Safety Connect
Lets you connect with roadside assistance and can contact the authorities in case of a collision or stolen vehicle.
NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver4 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover16.1%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good

Lexus NX 300 vs. the competition

Lexus NX 300 vs. Lexus RX 350

The Lexus NX's big brother, the RX 350, is one of the best-selling luxury vehicles in the United States, and with good reason. It's very spacious, has a large cargo area and is comfortable on the highway. For a luxury SUV, that's a pretty good list of virtues. Compared to the NX, a base RX 350 is nearly $7,000 more expensive, but it offers a lot more capability and space.

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Lexus NX 300 vs. Acura RDX

It's a little bit bigger than the Lexus NX, but the Acura RDX is still a solid choice for a small luxury SUV. The RDX's increased size (it's 4 inches longer from bumper to bumper) allows for more passenger and cargo space. And thankfully, it doesn't cost much extra up front. The Acura also has a well-built interior and a lengthy list of standard safety features.

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Lexus NX 300 vs. Lexus NX 300h

If you're looking for a fuel-efficient version of the Lexus NX, you're in luck, because there's a hybrid, too. The NX 300h gets all-wheel drive as standard and a hybrid powertrain that boosts the NX's EPA combined fuel economy rating from 24 mpg to 31 mpg (with AWD). And thankfully, the NX 300h doesn't bring a significant price premium over the AWD version of the regular NX.

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FAQ
Is the Lexus NX 300 a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 NX 300 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.0 out of 10. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2020 NX 300 gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 13 reviews) You probably care about Lexus NX 300 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the NX 300 gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg to 25 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the NX 300 has 17.7 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Lexus NX 300. Learn more
What's new in the 2020 Lexus NX 300?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Lexus NX 300:

  • New driver safety features, including low-light pedestrian detection, bicyclist detection and lane centering assist
  • New Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Mark Levinson premium sound system is now available
  • Part of the first NX generation, originally introduced for 2015 as the NX 200t
Learn more
Is the Lexus NX 300 reliable?
To determine whether the Lexus NX 300 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the NX 300. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the NX 300's 4-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2020 Lexus NX 300 a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Lexus NX 300 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 NX 300 and gave it a 7.0 out of 10. Our consumer reviews show that the 2020 NX 300 gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 13 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 NX 300 is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2020 Lexus NX 300?

The least-expensive 2020 Lexus NX 300 is the 2020 Lexus NX 300 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $36,720.

Other versions include:

  • 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $36,720
  • 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $38,120
  • F SPORT 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $38,960
  • F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $40,360
  • Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $45,210
  • Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $43,810
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What are the different models of Lexus NX 300?
If you're interested in the Lexus NX 300, the next question is, which NX 300 model is right for you? NX 300 variants include 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), F SPORT 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A). For a full list of NX 300 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Lexus NX 300

2020 Lexus NX 300 Overview

The 2020 Lexus NX 300 is offered in the following submodels: NX 300 SUV. Available styles include 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), F SPORT 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A).

What do people think of the 2020 Lexus NX 300?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Lexus NX 300 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 NX 300 4.2 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 NX 300.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Lexus NX 300 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 NX 300 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Lexus NX 300?
2020 Lexus NX 300 F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2020 Lexus NX 300 F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $44,940. The average price paid for a new 2020 Lexus NX 300 F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $5,007 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2020 Lexus NX 300 F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 11.1% below the MSRP.

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2020 Lexus NX 300 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2020 Lexus NX 300 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $39,805. The average price paid for a new 2020 Lexus NX 300 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $4,799 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,799 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $35,006.

The average savings for the 2020 Lexus NX 300 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 12.1% below the MSRP.

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2020 Lexus NX 300 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2020 Lexus NX 300 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,185. The average price paid for a new 2020 Lexus NX 300 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $5,087 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,087 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $33,099.

The average savings for the 2020 Lexus NX 300 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 13.3% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Lexus NX 300?

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