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2020 Lexus NX 300h

What’s new

  • Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 added as standard
  • Lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and forward collision mitigation added
  • New Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Part of the first NX generation introduced for 2015

Pros & Cons

  • Great fuel economy for a luxury crossover
  • Back seat has enough room for adults
  • Very quiet cabin at highway speeds
  • Infotainment interface can be distracting to use
  • Limited cargo capacity
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2020 Lexus NX 300h Review

Comfortable, quiet and available with plenty of high-tech safety features, the 2020 Lexus NX 300h is an appealing small luxury SUV that also happens to get great fuel economy. For 2020, it gets updates such as the addition of lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and forward collision mitigation, all as standard. It's also equipped with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration this year, which is a welcome addition.

Inside, the NX is relatively spacious, especially for the driver, but there's limited cargo capacity behind the rear seats. The sloping rear roofline means it'll be hard to load large items in the trunk. Plus, it creates a pretty big blind spot. And for buyers concerned with in-car tech, the standard Lexus infotainment system will be a sore spot. It's difficult to use, with lots of buttons and a frustrating touchpad that's probably our least favorite on the market.

Tech and cargo issues aside, we do like the 300h. It's one of the most efficient small luxury crossover SUVs you can buy. It's also an intriguing choice compared to the standard NX 300 — the small increase in initial cost can be offset at the pump over time. It's worth a look if you want a solidly constructed and easy-to-drive luxury crossover that also gets more than 30 mpg in combined city and highway driving.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
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Our verdict

7.1 / 10
The Lexus NX 300h is a comfortable and quiet hybrid that provides a significant boost in fuel economy without much of a price premium over its conventionally powered counterpart. That said, its frustrating infotainment system, limited cargo space and mediocre performance hamper an otherwise enjoyable driving experience.

How does it drive?

The 300h's power won't impress you, but low-end torque from the electric motor helps it scoot around the city rather quickly. In Edmunds testing, 0-60 mph took 8.8 seconds, which is a bit slow in this class. Brake engagement is solid and the pedal gives good feedback, but the abrupt transition between regenerative and standard brakes is slightly off-putting.

At low speeds, the steering is light and helps you get into tight parking spaces with ease. The 300h, despite its lack of sportiness or steering feel, handles competently on curvy mountain roads

How comfortable is it?

This NX 300h makes a great road-trip car. Both the front and rear seats are comfortable and supportive. And on almost every road surface, the ride quality in the NX 300h is excellent. Big and small bumps alike are soaked up well.

The standard automatic dual-zone climate control works quickly and quietly to cool or heat the small cabin, and climate controls are within an arm's reach. On the highway, things are hush-hush in the NX. Road noise is a nonissue, while there's just a bit of wind noise over the roof and the sideview mirrors.

How’s the interior?

Tall doors and a tall ride height make sliding in and out of the NX a breeze, in front or back. The driving position in the NX is relatively comfortable, thanks to a useful range of telescopic adjustments of the steering wheel. The front and rear seats also offer plenty of headroom.

On the downside, the Remote Touch infotainment interface could be a dealbreaker for some tech-savvy (or tech-averse) buyers. It's difficult to use and requires lots of focus, which takes your eyes off the road. Plus, the large center console has an array of buttons that are oddly angled in entirely different directions. They never feel natural.

How’s the tech?

The NX offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. There is a quick USB connection for audio or Bluetooth, or you can use the Lexus' Enform app for smartphone integration. The thing is, this capability requires downloading and logging into individual apps, and we're not fans of the complicated setup process.

Voice controls in the NX have an easy-to-learn set of prompts and pick up on some natural language. Voice controls can be used for navigation, phone, entertainment, and climate control systems. As for the NX's safety systems, the rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring work well. Adaptive cruise control has adequate performance, but it doesn't accelerate very quickly when a gap opens up.

How’s the storage?

The 300h is limited to just 16.8 cubes behind the rear seats (53.7 cubes when you fold them down). That's far less than similar-size rivals. Interior storage is also disappointing. The thin door pockets have just enough space for a small water bottle, and the cupholders in all four main seating positions are small. There's not much extra console space for other things, such as smartphones.

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?

The 300h gets an EPA estimate of 31 mpg combined (33 city/30 highway). That's a big jump over the standard all-wheel-drive NX 300, which is rated at 24 mpg combined (22 city/28 highway). We found real-world fuel economy to be a bit lower but not totally off the mark.

Is it a good value?

If you're willing to eschew some creature comforts to get a lower-price 300h, you can save significantly at the pump over time. A base 300h is a pretty good value. Our test car, however, came with nearly $10,000 worth of options, and the resulting sticker price seemed harder to justify. Build quality and interior materials are merely average considering that price, especially compared to German rivals. Warranty coverage is a bit better than average for a luxury vehicle.


The 300h has some curb appeal. The fact that it doesn't fall on its face when you go fast around a corner helps, too. For something with both fuel efficiency and luxury on its requirements, the 300h does well. We wouldn't say it's bursting at the seams with personality, but it's easy enough to live with.

Which NX 300h does Edmunds recommend?

There's only one trim level for the NX 300h, so buyers can't be choosers, but there are some options worth looking at. We recommend the Comfort package for amenities such as blind-spot monitoring and heated/ventilated front seats. Buyers who want an SUV that's a bit more dynamic can opt for the Navigation or Mark Levinson audio packages, which add 10- and 14-speaker stereos, respectively.

Lexus NX 300h models

The 2020 Lexus NX 300h is a five-seat compact hybrid SUV available in a single trim level with some available option packages and stand-alone items. Its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and hybrid system deliver a combined power of 194 horsepower. It is available only with all-wheel drive.

Standard equipment on the 300h includes 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, LED foglights and running lights, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and mitigation, lane departure warning and intervention, keyless ignition and entry, power-folding mirrors, a rearview camera, automatic dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable front seats, simulated-leather upholstery (Lexus' NuLuxe) and a 60/40-split folding and reclining back seat.

Tech features include in-car Wi-Fi, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 (pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and mitigation), Lexus Enform Safety Connect emergency communications, an 8-inch infotainment display with a touchpad interface (Remote Touch), smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa), and an eight-speaker sound system.

The Navigation package comes with a larger 10.3-inch display, Enform Destination Assist, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a 10-speaker audio system. A Comfort package bundles together heated and ventilated front seats, blind-spot monitoring, and auto-dimming side mirrors.

The Premium package includes Comfort package items and adds a sunroof, driver-seat memory functions, 18-inch wheels, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and enhanced LED daytime running lights with integrated turn signals.

Stand-alone options include a hands-free liftgate, parking sensors, adaptive headlights, a heated steering wheel, and power-folding rear seats.

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    Features & Specs

    4dr SUV AWD features & specs
    4dr SUV AWD
    2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT
    MPG 33 city / 30 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
    Horsepower194 hp @ 5700 rpm
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    2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT
    MPG 33 city / 30 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
    Horsepower194 hp @ 5700 rpm
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    Our experts’ favorite NX 300h safety features:

    Lexus Safety System+ 2.0
    Helps mitigate accidents by alerting you to impending front collisions or when you deviate from your lane.
    Blind-Spot Monitor, Cross-Traffic Alert
    Alerts you if a vehicle is in your blind spot. Also 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 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
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover16%

    IIHS Rating

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

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

    Lexus NX 300h vs. the competition

    Lexus NX 300h vs. Audi Q5

    The Audi Q5, a top-notch luxury SUV, is a good conventional rival to the Lexus NX 300h. With similar exterior dimensions, the Q5 has much more interior and cargo space than the Lexus and some seriously upscale interior features. The 300h wins the fuel economy battle between the two, but they're pretty evenly matched in terms of ride quality and available tech features.

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    Lexus NX 300h vs. Lexus RX 450h

    Essentially a larger, more powerful and more spacious sibling to the NX 300h, the RX 450h is the midsize hybrid SUV from Lexus. Fuel economy is similarly high with the RX (30 mpg combined to the NX's 31 mpg combined). But the RX has more to offer in terms of features, including an F Sport trim level and some nice interior creature comforts. The RX is significantly more expensive, though, and requires premium fuel.

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    Lexus NX 300h vs. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

    If you're looking for a fuel-efficient SUV but want something less expensive than the NX 300h, the RAV4 Hybrid is a pretty obvious choice. Completely redesigned, the RAV4 is modern and spacious with a comfortable highway ride. Fully loaded, the RAV4 is still significantly less expensive than the NX, and it's got an EPA-estimated 39 mpg combined — 8 mpg higher than the NX.

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    Is the Lexus NX 300h a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 NX 300h both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.1 out of 10. You probably care about Lexus NX 300h fuel economy, so it's important to know that the NX 300h gets an EPA-estimated 31 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the NX 300h has 16.8 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 300h. Learn more
    What's new in the 2020 Lexus NX 300h?

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

    • Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 added as standard
    • Lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and forward collision mitigation added
    • New Android Auto smartphone integration
    • Part of the first NX generation introduced for 2015
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    Is the Lexus NX 300h reliable?
    To determine whether the Lexus NX 300h is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the NX 300h. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the NX 300h's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2020 Lexus NX 300h a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Lexus NX 300h is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 NX 300h and gave it a 7.1 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 NX 300h is a good car for you. Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2020 Lexus NX 300h?

    The least-expensive 2020 Lexus NX 300h is the 2020 Lexus NX 300h 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $39,070.

    Other versions include:

    • 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $39,070
    • Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $46,160
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    What are the different models of Lexus NX 300h?
    If you're interested in the Lexus NX 300h, the next question is, which NX 300h model is right for you? NX 300h variants include 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). For a full list of NX 300h models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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    2020 Lexus NX 300h Overview

    The 2020 Lexus NX 300h is offered in the following submodels: NX 300h SUV. Available styles include 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT).

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    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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