2018 Lexus NX 300 SUV

2018 Lexus NX 300
Save up to $6,680
MSRP range
$35,985 - $39,775
2018 Lexus NX 300
Save up to $6,680

Pros

  • Generous backseat room
  • Available power-folding rear seat
  • Cabin is very quiet at highway speeds

Cons

  • Remote Touch Interface can be distracting to use
  • Limited rear cargo volume


Which NX 300 does Edmunds recommend?

Unless the NX 300 F Sport's adjustable suspension and tighter seat bolstering are must-haves, we recommend sticking with the more comfortable NX 300. Add the Comfort package for its heated and ventilated front seats and blind-spot detection, and you'll have a well-equipped, quiet and refined luxury compact SUV.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

The 2018 Lexus NX 300 is the new name for what used to be called the NX 200t. There are a few minor differences, but overall it's the same vehicle. That means you're getting a small luxury crossover with mini-RX 350 styling and a comfortable around-town demeanor. Buyers will enjoy comfortable seating, a quiet interior and a suitably powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

There are a few drawbacks. Rear cargo space is limited due to the steeply sloped rear window. Also, Lexus' Remote Touch infotainment interface may leave some drivers frustrated because of its attention-sapping nature. Overall, though, the NX 300 should appeal to shoppers seeking a refined and comfortable luxury crossover.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 Lexus NX 300 is a five-passenger compact SUV available in a two trim levels. The NX 300h hybrid is reviewed separately. It comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (235 horsepower, 258 pound-feet) and a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.

Standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, LED foglights and running lights, keyless ignition and entry, automatic dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable front seats, simulated-leather upholstery (Lexus' NuLuxe), a 60/40-split folding and reclining back seat, a 8-inch infotainment display with a touchpad interface, and an eight-speaker sound system.

Also included is adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and mitigation, lane departure warning and intervention, and automatic high beams.

The NX 200t F Sport version adds 18-inch wheels, special exterior styling elements, a sport-tuned suspension, special interior trim and NuLuxe color schemes, more aggressively bolstered seats, different gauges and a sport steering wheel.

Other packages are also available, but their availability can vary by region, so you'll want to check with your local dealer. The Comfort package includes heated and ventilated front seats and blind-spot monitoring. To that package, the Premium package adds 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, driver-seat memory settings and a power-adjustable steering wheel.

The Luxury package bundles the above options with automatic wipers, a heated steering wheel and leather upholstery. There's also a Navigation package with a larger 10.3-inch screen and a premium sound system.

Additional options include front and rear parking sensors, a power liftgate, upgraded LED headlights and adaptive suspension dampers (F Sport only).

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2015 Lexus NX 200t (turbo 2.0L inline-4 | 6-speed automatic | FWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the name has been changed from the NX 200t to the NX 300. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's NX 300.

Driving

3
In terms of performance and driver engagement, the Lexus NX 300 is merely average among the current crop of luxury crossover SUVs. But odds are that most shoppers are just looking for an easy-to-drive vehicle. On that front, the NX satisfies.

Acceleration

3
The Lexus NX accelerates to 60 mph in 7.0 seconds, which is marginally slower than rivals. But it should prove more than adequate for the majority of drivers. Gear changes are on the slow side, but they are smooth.

Braking

3
In panic-braking tests from 60 mph, the NX 200t posts slightly better than average performance. Nosedive is noticeable, as is a slight squirm from the rear tires. It still remains controllable, and distances were consistent.

Steering

3
Steering effort is appropriate and precise, but there's little feedback for the driver to get a feel for the car. At parking-lot speeds, the effort lightens up for easy maneuvering.

Handling

3
The NX leans a lot when cornering, but it's predictable and poised. Those who value better handling may want to investigate the F Sport option.

Drivability

4
As an everyday commuter, the NX 300 places few demands on the driver and provides a calm cabin. The small footprint also makes it well-suited to congested cities and tight parking spots.

Comfort

4.5
The Lexus NX provides an abundance of overall comfort that is uncommon in the segment. Smooth, quiet and comfortable are apt descriptions.

Seat comfort

4
The front seats offer plenty of room and adequate support for a variety of body types. The optional front-seat ventilation further enhances long-distance comfort. The rear seats are also accommodating for adult passengers.

Ride comfort

4.5
With greater emphasis on comfort over performance, the NX's suspension smooths over road imperfections with ease. Where rivals feel busy and nervous, the Lexus seems to glide unaffected over ruts and bumps.

Noise & vibration

4.5
Among luxury crossover SUVs, the Lexus NX 300 is one of the quietest vehicles. Wind, road and engine noise is pleasantly silenced to levels that we're used to hearing in flagship sedans.

Interior

3
The NX interior provides a wealth of passenger space, but the diminished cargo capacity hurts this crossover's overall utility. The darkest cloud is cast by the frustrating and ill-conceived Remote Touch infotainment controller.

Ease of use

1
The Remote Touch trace pad interface is easily the worst in the industry with a controller that is hard to manage and a distinct lack of intuitive menus and buttons. It is unfortunately mandatory for the 2018 NX 300.

Getting in/getting out

3.5
The high-ish ride height and tall door openings make getting into the NX an easy, stoop-free affair. The doors are also short enough in length to allow access in tight parking spaces.

Roominess

3.5
The front seats are spacious for larger passengers, and the rear seats have enough head- and legroom for adults in the outboard seats. Small rear windows make those quarters feel a bit more confining than they are.

Visibility

3
Forward visibility is decent, but the rear roof pillars and small rear window obscure the rearward view.

Quality

3
The standard 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.

Utility

2
The NX's 17.7-cubic-foot cargo space behind the rear seats is smaller than competitors' and is further hampered by the sloped rear window. That window also limits bulky items with the seats folded, even though volume is competitive.

Technology

While the NX 300 has most of the tech functionality of its competitors, the fussy Remote Touch Interface and lack of true smartphone mirroring, such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, sully an otherwise well-rounded infotainment system.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Lexus NX 300.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Just as expected
John, 07/08/2018
This was a jump from what we normally buy. It's our first into the luxury market. Wish we did it sooner. Make sure you buy from a dealer you may service with. The Lexus relationship so far has been above expectation.
Super Little SUV
Jim, 04/12/2018
Great car I bought with all the bells and whistles I find the only thing lacking is gas milage and maybe a bigger gas tank
A vehicle of status, performance and comfort
Rob, 05/29/2018
Do your research , talk to Lexus owners, check with several Lexus Dealers on offers and incentives, definitely, test drive
Nice
fred, 08/21/2018
On open highway at 65 MPH I got 31 Miles Per Gallon. Great entry level luxury car.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$35,985
MPG
22 city / 28 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
235 hp @ 4800 rpm
MSRP
$37,385
MPG
22 city / 28 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
235 hp @ 4800 rpm
MSRP
$38,375
MPG
22 city / 28 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
235 hp @ 4800 rpm
MSRP
$39,775
MPG
22 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
235 hp @ 4800 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite NX 300 safety features:

Lexus Safety System+
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 you about oncoming 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

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    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 Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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More about the 2018 Lexus NX 300

The 2018 Lexus NX 300 is an aggressively styled compact crossover SUV that features generous rear-seat room and on-road comfort. It's available in a standard trim and an F Sport version. The NX 300 and NX 300 F Sport are available with either front- or all-wheel drive.

All NX 300s feature respectable rear legroom, fold-down rear seats, power seats for driver and passenger, and a suite of safety equipment called Lexus Safety System+. It includes front collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams.

The NX 300 F Sport adds sportier styling and a sport-tuned suspension. There are also extra gauges that include a g-force meter, a turbo boost display, and graphics showing steering angle, throttle position and brake pressure. For those going all in with the aggressive looks of the NX, we think it's a worthwhile path.

Option packages allow buyers to further equip their car. An available navigation package includes a navigation system, an additional two speakers and a bigger display screen. The Comfort package includes heated and ventilated front seats and blind-spot monitoring. To that package, the Premium package adds 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, driver-seat memory settings and a power-adjustable steering wheel. The Luxury package bundles the above options with automatic wipers, a heated steering wheel and leather upholstery. There's also a Navigation package with a larger 10.3-inch screen and a premium sound system.

A few stand-alone options worth mentioning include a power liftgate, upgraded LED headlights and power-folding rear seats.

No matter what configuration you decide on, let Edmunds help you find and buy the perfect 2018 Lexus NX 300.

2018 Lexus NX 300 SUV Overview

The 2018 Lexus NX 300 SUV is offered in the following styles: 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).

What do people think of the 2018 Lexus NX 300 SUV?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Lexus NX 300 SUV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 NX 300 SUV 4 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 2018 NX 300 SUV.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Lexus NX 300 SUV and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 NX 300 SUV featuring deep dives into trim levels including Base, F SPORT, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2018 Lexus NX 300 SUV here.
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.

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