2019 Lexus NX 300 Review, Release Dates, Prices

Formerly known as the NX 200t, the 2019 Lexus NX 300, remains one of the sharpest luxury-utility vehicle designs on the road with newly added standard equipment to all models in 2019 for even more value for the money.

For 2019, the Lexus NX 300 will feature the Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa. Another new feature will be an upgraded Lexus Enform Remote system now with smart watch, Amazon Alexa skill integration, and Google Assistant integration.

POWERTRAIN

The 2019 Lexus NX 300 turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 235 hp at 4800-5,600 rpm with 258 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,650-4,000 rpm. The D4-S injection system, which uses a combination of direct fuel injection and additional port fuel injectors, helps ensure ample power and crisp responsiveness at all engine speeds. Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence-Wide (VVT-iW) optimizes torque throughout the engine speed range and allows the engine to start in the Otto cycle and then run in the more fuel-efficient Atkinson cycle at cruising speeds.

The sequential six-speed automatic transmission uses Torque-Demand control logic to calculate required engine torque to deliver quick response and exhilarating acceleration feel. The G-force Artificial Intelligence (G-AI) system enables more spirited driving by selecting the optimum gear and downshift pattern in response to g force.

As in other Lexus models, the driver can choose preferred driving responses using the Drive Mode Select dial on the center console. The system adjusts parameters for multiple systems, including throttle response and the power steering assist curve. The default setting is Normal. Sport mode sharpens responses, and ECO mode helps enhance more fuel-efficient driving.

For the 2019 Lexus NX 300, All-Wheel Drive (AWD) helps provide maximum traction and cornering control. Taking input from various sensors (vehicle speed, steering speed and angle, throttle angle and yaw rate), the system continuously monitors and actively governs torque distribution to the rear wheels, as needed, via an electromagnetically controlled coupling in the rear differential. Under most normal driving conditions, the system operates in front-wheel drive mode and can send up to 50 percent of available torque to the rear wheels when extra traction is needed.

The 2019 Lexus NX 300 straight-line performance remains unchanged, keeping the significant improvements to the vehicle’s suspension tuning to enhance ride and handling. The springs, stabilizer bars and bushings improve turn-in response and steady-state cornering. The NX 300 chassis has the available Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) based on the advanced system found in the LC 500, which offers a range of up to 650 instantaneous compression and damping adjustments (up from 620) for enhanced control and overall handling stability. The foundation for the NX 300 handling agility and ride comfort is a highly rigid body structure that makes extensive use of hot-stamped high tensile steel along with aluminum. The Lexus NX uses MacPherson strut front suspension and a trailing arm double wishbone type rear suspension that separates the coil springs and dampers to help optimize agility, control and ride comfort.

ENGINE

Type, Materials

In-line 4-cylinder aluminum block and heads

Designation

8AR-FTS

Valvetrain

DOHC 16-valve with Dual VVT-iW

Displacement

2.0 liter twin-scroll turbocharged in-line 4- cylinder with intercooler

Bore x Stroke

3.40 in. x 3.40 in. (86.0 mm x 86.0 mm)

Compression Ratio

10.0:1

Horsepower

235 hp @ 4,800-5,600 rpm

Torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1,650-4,000 rpm

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI, D-4ST)

Fuel Requirement

91-octane or higher unleaded

Emission Certification

LEV III ULEV 125

Fuel Capacity

15.9 gal.

DRIVETRAIN

Layout

Front engine, full-time all-weather drive (AWD), or front engine, front-wheel drive (FWD)

Transmission Type

6-speed Multi-Mode Automatic Transmission, Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i)

PERFORMANCE

Max. Speed

118 mph

Zero to 60 mph

7.1 sec (F Sport AWD)

Zero to 100 mph

20.5 sec

Standing ¼-mile

15.5 sec @ 89 mph

Max Towing Capacity

2,000 lbs.

EPA FUEL ESTIMATED (mpg)

FWD

22 City/ 28 Highway/ 25 Combined

AWD

22 City/ 28 Highway/ 24 Combined

(AWD F SPORT)

22 City/ 27 Highway/ 24 Combined

INTERIOR

The 2019 Lexus NX 300 cabin is offered in five variations. The Base model, along with the Comfort and Premium packages, feature perforated Crème, Glazed Caramel, Rioja Red or Black NuLuxe inserts with smooth bolsters and Dark Umber trim.

Designers carved out maximum space with the NX 300 design, leaving plenty of room to carry your passengers and gear – or anything else. Storage in four compartments beneath the cargo floor provide space for keeping your valuables out of sight. There’s a place for everything throughout the cabin, including a large glove box and console box, a console mid-tray, utility box, sunglasses holder, two front and two rear cup holders and front and rear door pockets.

The standard 60/40 split rear seat with recline can be upgraded with a power-folding option. You can lower or raise the seats individually using switches on the instrument panel, on the side of each rear seat or within the luggage compartment. The available power rear door, which includes memory height, likewise can be operated by switches on the instrument panel, door and wireless remote.

DIMENSIONS

Overall Length

182.3 in

Overall Width

73.6 in. (mirrors folded)

83.9 in. (mirrors unfolded)

Overall Height (unloaded)

64.8 in.

Wheelbase

104.7 in.

Max Cargo Capacity

Rear seats up and rearmost 17.7 cu. ft.

Rear seats folded down 54.6 cu. ft.

Curb Weight

3,940 lbs. (FWD)

4,050 lbs. (AWD)

Seating Capacity

5

TRIM LEVELS & PRICING

The 2019 Lexus NX 300 is a five passenger compact SUV available in two trim levels: the base and the NX 300 F Sport. It powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine 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 features 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), a 60/40-split folding and reclining back seat, in-car Wi-Fi, Lexus Enform Safety Connect emergency communications, a 8-inch infotainment display with a touchpad interface (Remote Touch), and an eight-speaker sound system.

The 2019 Lexus NX 300 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.

The optional Comfort package adds heated and ventilated front seats and a blind-spot warning system. The Premium package include the Comfort package items plus 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. The Navigation package with a larger 10.3-inch screen and a 10-speaker premium sound system.

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

The 2019 Lexus NX 300 has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $37,410 after destination charge of $1,025. The F Sport starts at $39,650 and all-wheel drive is an extra $1,400. At these prices, the Lexus NX 300 close to the Volvo XC60 and Acura RDX, and below the Jaguar E-Pace and the German competitor from BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz.

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