Sold by Lexus – Toyota’s luxury division – the NX 300h was introduced in late 2014 as an all-new, entry-level crossover model, slotted below the mid-size RX crossover. The name NX stands for Nimble Crossover. Recognizing it had a hit on its hands, Lexus added a hybrid trim in 2015.
When it comes to luxury hybrid cars, no other carmaker offers as many choices. Lexus Opens a New Window. is ground zero for luxury hybrids. Toyota’s business model was to provide a prolific offering of 7 hybrid cars for its customers by the end of 2018. Lexus has created a “hybrid stable” with its UX, NX, RX ES, LS, and LC, all of which operate with next generation technology.
NX 300h is a compact crossover providing dramatic design and hybrid performance combined with luxury and utility. Lexus calls it “The Crossover In Its Most Visionary Form.”
NX 300h is offered in one trim: Base ($39,070 MSRP).
Designed to offer a premium drive in a distinctive luxury package the NX is clearly a Lexus. The all-wheel drive NX300h is equipped with an advanced 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas/electric engine and 3 electric drive motors – supplied by a nickel-metal hydride battery pack – that combine to provide instantaneous torque. Coming standard with WiFi and a 10.3 inch multimedia screen, Lexus considers the vehicle its most advanced NX ever.
With an EPA-estimated 459 Total Driving Range and a 33/30/31 rating for city/highway/combined, NX300h drivers will save $1,000 in fuel costs over a 5 year period compared to driving a comparable new fossil fuel car.
The NX300h hybrid drive works with a two-speed continually variable transmission that provides sequential shifting and regenerative braking. The car’s Lexus E-Four system uses an electric motor to drive the rear wheels.
Safety features include eight airbags, whiplash-injury lessening front seats, and a full array of available electronic safety systems such as Lane Departure Alert, Intelligent High-beam, and the Lexus Pre-Collision Safety System. Full LED headlamps are standard.
Safety-wise, the 2019 NX earned a perfect five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the highest rating of Good in five crash tests.
The multimedia system includes a high-resolution 7-inch screen, Display Audio, HD radio, and an 8-channel amp with digital signal processor. Available equipment includes a power liftgate, navigation system, Lexus Enform, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and a Qi wireless charging tray inside the console.
• The Lexus NX300h is unchanged for 2019, and comes with the same standard features as last year’s model:
• 2.5L I-4 Engine
• 2-spd CVT w/OD Transmission
• 154 @ 5,700 rpm Horsepower
• 152 @ 4,400 rpm Torque
• All Wheel Drive
• ABS and driveline Traction control
• 17" silver aluminum Wheels
• Front air conditioning, dual zone automatic
• Sirius XM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, seek-scan Radio
• 2 - 1st row LCD monitor
• Keyfob (all doors)
• Remote key-less entry
• Front Fog/driving lights
• Heated mirrors
• NuLuxe leatherette Seat trim
• Driver Lumbar support
Additional standard equipment includes: 17-inch wheels, automatic LED headlights, LED fog lights and running lights, heated mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, a rearview camera, automatic dual-zone climate control, eight-way power-adjustable front seats with two-way driver lumbar adjustment, simulated-leather upholstery (Lexus' NuLuxe), a power-adjustable and leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a folding and reclining backseat with a 60/40 split, Bluetooth, a 7-inch Lexus Display Audio knob-and-screen interface, Scout GPS Link navigation smartphone app connectivity, one USB port and an 8-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD and satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and a media player interface.
Complementing the vehicle’s overall design are; roof rails; a perforated leather–trimmed interior epitomizes edgy style and sophistication; a Dual Zone Climate Control which allows the driver and front passenger to adjust their preferred temperatures; first-in-class power folding and reclining rear seats which add more than ample legroom.
To help protect and preserve your vehicle’s glass-like finish, Lexus engineers reworked the paint’s behavior at the molecular level until they achieved a high-density surface coating that was extremely elastic—capable of deforming on impact, then springing back to its original gloss. In addition to its unique elastic qualities, the coating resists the effects of sunlight and acid rain, and requires no special treatment or maintenance on the driver’s part.
An optional expansive moonroof with unique outer-sliding design provides a larger opening and more interior headroom than conventional moonroofs. A Power Rear Door with Kick Sensor is available as well.
The NX 300h includes the innovative Siri Eyes Free system, which connects you with your iPhone, enabling you to access email, send text messages and more.
The hybrid comes installed with an excellent braking system, which uses Four-wheel power-assisted discs with Electronic Controlled Braking (ECB); four-sensor, four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD); Brake Assist and regenerative function, which adds back energy into the car’s battery system.
Edmunds reviewers say: "Beyond its fuel economy, the NX 300h has a lot to offer. It has a quiet, impeccably crafted cabin that looks pretty cool and has plenty of backseat space. As a crossover SUV, the 300h has an elevated ride height you might be looking for compared to hybrid cars, and its manageable size makes it easy to park and drive around town. The NX's driving experience also strikes an agreeable balance between comfort and driver involvement."
The NX 300h comes with an 8 year/100,000-mile warranty for its hybrid components.
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