2019 Lexus NX 300h SUV

2019 Lexus NX 300h
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2019 Lexus NX 300h
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What’s new

  • The Lexus NX 300h returns unchanged for 2019
  • Part of the first NX generation introduced for 2015

Pros

  • Great fuel economy for a luxury crossover
  • Back seat has enough room for adults
  • Very quiet cabin at highway speeds

Cons

  • Infotainment interface can be distracting to use
  • Limited cargo capacity


Which NX 300h does Edmunds recommend?

The 2019 Lexus NX 300h is only available in one trim level, so your only decision to make is how to option it. We suggest adding the Comfort package for its heated and ventilated front seats and blind-spot monitoring. Because you can't get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone integration on the NX, adding the Navigation package may also be a wise choice.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

7.1 / 10

After some very minor updates last year, the Lexus NX 300h returns unchanged for 2019. As the hybrid version of the gasoline-only NX 300, it provides excellent fuel economy. Its EPA-estimated 31 mpg in combined city/highway driving is unchallenged among the small luxury crossover SUV segment. The hybrid powertrain doesn't suck the life out of the experience either. There's adequate power, and the added oomph from the electric motors make it feel pleasantly responsive when accelerating from a stop.

Like the regular NX 300, the 300h also has roomy rear seats and a smooth and quiet highway ride. Unfortunately, both NX models suffer from a smaller-than-average cargo capacity and an infotainment system that is often distracting to use. All things considered, though, the 2019 Lexus NX 300h is a sensible choice among entry-level luxury crossovers. It smartly balances refinement, style and comfort with frugality at the gas pump.

Notably, we picked the 2019 Lexus NX 300h as one of Edmunds' Best Luxury Hybrid SUVs for this year.

2019 Lexus NX 300h configurations

The 2019 Lexus NX 300h is a five-seat compact hybrid SUV available in just one version. Its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and hybrid system deliver a combined power of 194 hp. It is available only with all-wheel drive. A variety of option packages combine popular features, some of which are available as stand-alone options.

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, an 8-inch infotainment display, a touchpad interface, Scout GPS navigation app integration, Lexus Enform connectivity (with 4G Wi-Fi), and an eight-speaker sound system.

Also included are adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and intervention, and automatic high beams.

Available option packages help buyers get the most out of their NX. The Navigation package, for example, 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 includes heated and ventilated front seats, blind-spot monitoring and auto-dimming side mirrors.

The Premium package includes the items from the Comfort package and adds a sunroof, driver-seat memory settings, 18-inch wheels, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and enhanced LED daytime running lights with integrated turn signals. Finally, a Luxury package incorporates what you get from the Premium package and adds leather seating surfaces, wood interior pieces, automatic wipers and a heated leather steering wheel.

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

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 Lexus NX 300h (2.5L inline-4 hybrid | AWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2015, the current NX 300h has received some revisions, including a revised infotainment interface and the addition of various driver assistance features. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's NX 300h.

Driving

6.5
There's nothing overly noteworthy in terms of the NX 300h's performance. It's far from quick but it's also not turtle-slow. Around-town braking action can be annoying, but the steering and handling are predictable and at least somewhat entertaining.

Acceleration

6.5
A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine combined with electric motors spins up a total of 194 horsepower. Acceleration at our test facility wasn't impressive — expect a 0-60 mph time of 8.4 seconds — but the NX 300h feels reasonably peppy out on the road.

Braking

5.5
The NX 300h stopped from 60 mph in just 118 feet at our test track, which is decent. Stability was excellent. But around town, the pedal felt spongy, and the regenerative braking action makes it difficult to properly modulate for smooth stops.

Steering

7.5
The steering weight is on the heavier side, but it tracks perfectly straight down the highway. There's reasonable precision, and it offers at least some feedback on mountain roads. Understeer doesn't set in as quickly as you'd expect.

Handling

7.0
The NX 300h is actually a halfway-fun SUV to drive around turns. Body lean through corners is pretty noticeable, but that's to be expected of a vehicle like this. It's easy to control.

Drivability

5.5
The CVT automatic keeps the engine at a constant high rpm when you're driving up long uphill grades. It can get annoying as can the terribly inconsistent braking action.

Comfort

7.5
The NX 300h has supple, well-padded front seats and soft armrests all around. It's also quiet, although the CVT automatic will sometimes wind the engine out. The ride is comfy on the highway and country two-lanes, but it can be harsh around town.

Seat comfort

8.5
The front seats are superb with plush cushions for all-day comfort, plus well-padded armrests. The rear seats are perched up high and you sit more on them than in them. The rear seatbacks, however, do recline.

Ride comfort

6.5
The NX 300h absorbs big bumps well but struggles to damp out the smaller ripples that come all at once. The comfy seats help with cushioning things, but only to a point.

Noise & vibration

8.0
It's pretty quiet inside the NX 300h. You hear some regenerative braking whine, and the large side mirrors give some wind whistling, but the tires are silent on the highway. There's almost no engine noise at cruising speeds.

Interior

7.5
The interior styling is a bit funky, but it's nothing objectionable. Outward visibility is pretty good, getting in and out of the car is easy, and most controls have a nice feel. But the finger-controlled Remote Touch system is irksome.

Ease of use

5.5
The controls have a nice heft and fluidity to them; the steering wheel isn't cluttered with buttons. The optional Remote Touch trace pad is hard to use while driving.

Getting in/getting out

7.5
The large front doors open wide. The seats have rather large bolsters, but they don't get in the way. Near-perfect step-in height. The rear doors don't open wide, and the high-perched seat forces you to duck to avoid hitting your head on the roof.

Roominess

8.0
Front headroom is excellent. Rear headroom is decent considering the high seats. It should be comfortable for two adults.

Visibility

7.5
The windshield and side roof pillars are slender, but the rear pillars are thick. The roof also slopes dramatically, resulting in a small rear window. The large side mirrors help.

Quality

8.0
We were impressed with the overall quality of the NX 300h. You'll find lots of soft leather all around. The steering wheel and shifter feel good, and the armrests are well-padded. There are interesting textures and little in the way of cheap plastics.

Utility

7.0
The cargo area is easily accessible and has a wide opening, but the volume itself is rather small. Things are a bit better in the cabin, where there are a few options for stashing the items you use every day.

Small-item storage

There's no front bin but there's a decent-size armrest bin with twin USB ports. The long door pockets have bottle holders. The center console cupholders have an anti-tip design.

Cargo space

The cargo space behind the rear seats holds just 16.8 cubic feet. Folding down the seats gives you a total of 53.7 cubic feet. This is subpar for a luxury crossover in this class. With the seats up, it's less spacious than even some subcompact crossovers.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2019 Lexus NX 300h.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Got ripped off
Mark Blaszkiewicz,10/28/2018
No wireless charging and no power rear seats and no head up display and no help from the dealer even though I was willing to pay for it
Love 2019 Lexus NX 300h
Gail Policella,10/23/2018
The hybrid comes with features that are standard, None hybrid it an upgraded option.
Great car overall, very comfortable ride
Judy Woo,08/24/2018
Nice and reliable car.
Love this Lexus SUV
V Reyna,09/27/2018
Great car.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$38,535
MPG
33 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Hybrid
194 hp @ 5700 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite NX 300h safety features:

Lexus Safety System+
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

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%
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

Lexus NX 300h vs. the competition

2019 Lexus NX 300h

2019 Lexus NX 300h

2019 Volvo XC40

2019 Volvo XC40

Lexus NX 300h vs. Volvo XC40

The Volvo XC40 isn't a hybrid but it does return good fuel economy estimates. The EPA rates it at 27 mpg combined (23 city/33 highway) compared to the Lexus NX 300h estimate of 31 mpg combined (33 city/30 highway). Despite the disadvantage, we like the XC40 because of its sleek design, larger cargo space and easier-to-use infotainment system.

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Lexus NX 300h vs. Audi Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Although it's not a crossover SUV, the Audi A3 e-tron is a worthy alternative to the Lexus NX 300h. Thanks to its plug-in hybrid powertrain, the A3 can go about 16 miles using just electricity. In normal hybrid mode, it has a combined gasoline estimate of 36 mpg. If your commute is short enough, visits to the gas station will be a rarity. On the downside, the Audi's cargo capacity is even smaller than the Lexus'.

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Lexus NX 300h vs. Mini Countryman

The Mini Countryman SE Hybrid is one of the few alternative-fuel cars with personality. All of the charm that makes Minis unique is present. There's a distinct advantage in fuel efficiency as long as you can live within the Mini's 12-mile EV range. You will sacrifice some refinement compared to the Lexus, but cargo capacity is effectively the same.

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More about the 2019 Lexus NX 300h

The 2019 Lexus NX 300h generally fits into the compact luxury crossover SUV segment. The twist? It's a hybrid. The NX 300h is elegantly appointed and just the sort of thing for getting through the day. Yet at the end of that day, you're looking at gas bills you might otherwise associate with ownership of an economy car.

The NX 300h's powertrain combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a trio of electric motors. One electric motor acts as a generator and charges the nickel-metal hydride battery pack. Another motor supplies power to the front wheels, and one at the back powers the rear wheels. The result is virtuous fuel economy numbers and an all-wheel-drive system built around those electric motors. Computers control all the motors so that the dance between them is practically undetectable. Total system power is 194 horsepower.

There's just one trim level, but the 2019 Lexus NX 300h comes respectably equipped with features such as LED headlights, power front seats, simulated leather upholstery, and keyless ignition and entry. If you want more, the NX 300h can be further upgraded with four option packages: Luxury, Premium, Navigation and Comfort. The Luxury and Premium come with the most features, so if you want a fully loaded NX, make sure yours will have one or both packages.

Other individual options include a sunroof, adaptive headlights and a hands-free liftgate. As is expected of a modern luxury crossover, the electronic technology load is high. But you'll want to play around with the NX's available Remote Touch infotainment interface to see if it's to your liking. It can be distracting to use while on the move.

We've also found the NX 300h isn't particularly quick, and though the backseat space is generous for the segment, there's little room left over for cargo space. If you're shopping for an affordable luxury crossover and want great fuel economy, too, the NX 300h is a great choice. Use the tools here on Edmunds and we'll guide you to a solid deal.

2019 Lexus NX 300h SUV Overview

The 2019 Lexus NX 300h SUV is offered in the following styles: 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT).

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