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2018 Lexus NX 300

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$35,985 — $39,775 MSRP
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5 Seats
24-25 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Small SUVs are riding a wave of popularity, and nearly every luxury brand has thrown its raft into the pool. We tested seven all-new, recently redesigned or just updated contenders to see who comes out on top.

By Aaron Bragman

CARS.COM

Competes with: Audi Q5, Lincoln MKC, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC

Looks like: An angry Pokemon

Drivetrains: Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or 2.5-liter hybrid-electric four-cylinder engine; six-speed automatic or two-speed continuously variable transmission; front- or all-wheel drive

Hit dealerships: TBD

Lexus has taken the wraps off its new NX compact SUV at the 2017 Shanghai auto show, the first refresh of the popular luxury model since its introduction three years ago. For the 2018 model year, Lexus has kept the updates simple: lightly updated styling, a mildly redone interior, some new displays and new interior trim. A sportier looking F Sport trim is available with more aggressive jet-black trim, exclusive wheels and metallic interior trim.

Exterior

Lexus has updated the NX's front and rear styling with new grilles, bumpers, lights and trim. Up front, the NX gets a restyled hood and lights that flow better into the doors and fenders, while the new three-projector headlights evoke the look of the ultra-luxury LC500 coupe. In back, new taillights and a new rear bumper complete the look with longer L-shaped light elements and chrome-tipped exhaust pipes. It also gets a new 18-inch wheel design.

Interior

Not too much is new inside, and the biggest news is the new 10.3-inch display screen sitting atop the center control panel, replacing the smaller 7-inch model. It's still a display only, however, with the controls for it on the center console. ... Read More

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
68 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

My first SUV my 5th lexus

by Judyg from Hicksville, ny on December 8, 2018

After driving a Lexus ES 350 for the past 12 years, this is my first SUV. Really like all but one aspect of this car. It gets great mileage on long trips, but most of my driving is local and the ... Read full review

(5.0)

Nicest car I have ever owned.

by SheilaB from Chehalis, WA on December 4, 2018

The car is beautiful, the inside is plush, comfortable, and the electronics is state of art. It is compact but roomy, and real pleasure to drive. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Lexus NX 300 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 Lexus NX 300 Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Lexus

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The NX 300 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

B

Infant seat

B

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A

Booster

(second row)

C
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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