Formerly known as the NX 200t, the 2019 Lexus NX 300h, remains one of the sharpest luxury-utility hybrid 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 300h 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.
As one would expect from the luxury SUV hybrid leader, the 2019 Lexus NX 300h emphasizes efficiency with the preliminary 33 city/30 highway/31 combined mpg estimates determined by EPA. Lexus Hybrid Drive has long been the platinum standard for seamless hybrid performance, high efficiency and proven dependability. The NX 300h’s system combines output from a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine and a small high-torque electric motor through its unique transmission. The system varies power between the gas engine and electric motor, or combines both as needed. The result is a combined 194 system horsepower.
Regenerative braking changes the electric motor to a generator that captures the kinetic energy of the wheels when the brake is applied, storing it in the nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) hybrid battery pack. In EV drive mode, under certain conditions, the 2019 Lexus NX 300h can run solely on the electric motor for up to 1 mile at lower speeds (below approximately 25 mph). A Hybrid System Indicator and fuel consumption indicator, located in a 4.2-inch TFT screen, help coach the driver to operate the vehicle as economically as possible.
The 2019 Lexus NX 300h offers the Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel-Drive System with intelligence (AWD-i) as standard. Instead of transfer gears and a driveshaft to the rear wheels, the system employs a second, independent electric motor to drive the rear wheels when needed to help maintain optimal traction. In addition, the NX 300h’s base 17-inch alloy wheels and optional 18-inch alloy wheel all-season tires feature a darker finish for a more dimensional look on the road.
In-line 4-cylinder aluminum block and heads
DOHC 16-valve Dual VVT-i
2.5 liter in-line 4-cylinder with Atkinson cycle
Bore x Stroke
3.54 in. x 3.86 in. (90.0 mm x 98.0 mm)
154 hp @ 5,700 rpm
152 lb.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm
Electronic Fuel Injection
87-octane or higher unleaded
HYBRID POWER SYSTEM
Series/parallel system with gas engine, high-voltage battery and electric motors
Total System Power
Motor Generator 1 (MG1)
Generator, engine starter, charges hybrid battery
Permanent magnet motor
Motor Generator 2 (MG2) -
Drives front wheels, regeneration during braking
Permanent magnet motor
141 hp (105 kW)
Motor Generator Rear (MGR)
Drives rear wheels, regeneration during braking
AC 650V 67 hp (50kW)
Hybrid Battery Pack Type
Sealed Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) – 204 cells
Front engine, full-time all-weather drive (AWD)
Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT)
Zero to 60 mph
Zero to 100 mph
16.8 sec @ 84 mph
Epa Fuel Estimated (mpg)
33 City/ 30 Highway/ 31 Combined
The 2019 Lexus NX 300h 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 300h 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.
73.6 in. (mirrors folded)
83.9 in. (mirrors unfolded)
Overall Height (unloaded)
Max Cargo Capacity
Rear seats up and rearmost 16.8 cu. Ft.
Rear seats folded down 53.7 cu. ft.
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
The 2019 Lexus NX 300h is a five passenger compact hybrid SUV available in just one trim levels. Its powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, hybrid system and available only with all-wheel drive.
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. Safety features included are adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and intervention, and automatic high beams.
The optional Navigation package adds 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 from Comfort package features along with a sunroof, driver-seat memory settings, 18-inch wheels, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and enhanced LED daytime running lights with integrated turn signals. The 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.
The 2019 Lexus NX 300h has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $39,760. Add a destination charge of $1,025 for a total of $40,785. 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.