The Lexus Safety System Plus (including adaptive cruise control, lane-departure assistance, intelligent high beams and forward-collision mitigation with pedestrian detection) is now standard, along with power-folding side mirrors. The erstwhile NX 200t entry-level model is renamed the NX 300. Some new exterior and interior color choices have become available. The infotainment screen has grown an inch, now measuring eight inches diagonally. The Remote Touch Interface controller has been enlarged by 30 percent to make inputs less fiddly. The cabin sees a few updated switches. And the whole range has received some minor styling tweaks. See the 2018 Lexus NX models for sale near you
What We Like
Excellent interior quality; rear legroom; reasonable starting price; fantastic Lexus reputation for service and reliability
Lacking a truly interesting engine, the F Sport version doesn't seem to have much of a point. Which leaves us choosing between the hybrid -- probably our first selection, if the budget allows -- and the NX 300, leaving some financial flexibility to choose a few options like blind spot monitoring and the powered tailgate.
The 2018 Lexus NX comes in two versions differentiated by drivetrains: the turbocharged NX 300 and the hybrid NX 300h.
The NX 300 ($36,980) has 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry/ignition, automatic LED headlights, LED brake/fog/running lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated/power-folding side mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, an 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, a cargo cover, a rearview camera, a 4.2-inch TFT driver display, Bluetooth, an 8-inch central display screen, Siri-based voice controls for drivers with iPhones, an 8-speaker audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, an auxiliary input and a USB/iPod interface.
The NX 300 F Sport variant ($39,370) brings 18-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, sport seats, paddle shifters, aluminum pedals, a black headliner and door mirrors, plus various other cosmetic additions.
All-wheel drive is an extra $1,400.
Aside from its hybrid drivetrain, the NX 300h ($39,330) offers the same equipment as the NX 300, along with a power-adjustable steering wheel and Wi-Fi. There's no F Sport variant of the NX 300h.
There's a wide array of options, including 18-inch alloy wheels, a power sunroof, heated/ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, rain-sensing wipers, a hands-free power lift gate, power-folding rear seats, a heated steering wheel, navigation, wireless smartphone charging, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and parking sensors/assistance.
Cargo space behind the NX 300's rear seats is 17.7 cu ft., 54.6 cu ft. when they're folded down. Naturally, the NX 300h has to accommodate some hybrid hardware, so it offers 16.8 and 53.7 cu ft., respectively. Neither model's space is that great, and the sloped roof compromises practicality a little further.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Years/10,000 Miles|
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Used BMW X5 -- If a truly sporting character is preferred, consider a certified pre-owned (CPO) X5, which is roomier than the NX and far more impressive in terms of handling and acceleration.