2018 Lexus NX 300 Review

Written by Anqoinette Crosby

After work one day, a colleague hopped inside the 2018 Lexus NX 300 F Sport for a ride to the subway. Once buckled in and comfortably seated, she turned her head around to scope out the stylish interior from front to back.

 

Given the NX 300 has received a minor interior and exterior design refresh for 2018, it came a no surprise to hear her say Lexus’ entry-level luxury crossover would be the second new addition that her family would welcome this year. Having received only a slight refresh, the NX 300 exudes a  cool, edgy exterior, complete with a protruding menacing front grille that definitely draws attention-- in a good way

With Baby Jack having arrived just six months ago, they needed a bigger automotive buggy now that there was a baby on board. Their older subcompact car would no longer be suitable to shuttle around this growing family. 

 

Ultimately what really sealed the deal for her was the suite of advanced safety features that come standard on the NX 300. The comprehensive list gave these nervous new parents the peace of mind that they were choosing the safest mode of transportation for their bundle of joy.

Those standard safety features include a rearview camera, lane-keep assist, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, automatic high-beams, adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking.

 

Formerly known as NX 200t, the re-named NX 300 is a luxury 2-row SUV that seats five people. It’s neither too big nor too small. Indeed, it’s just the right fit for young families that need to haul a stroller, baby supplies, child safety seat, groceries--well you get the picture.

With just 17.7 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, those measurements may seem to be on the stingy side, but luckily that space increases to 54.6 cubic feet by folding those back seats down.

 

I loved the large center console for storing my large purse and iPad out of sight when I went into the gym. What I wasn’t a fan of was the cumbersome was Lexus' confusing Remote Touch infotainment interface which takes too frustratingly long to find and figure out selections. Using the quirky, mouse-like controller takes away precious moments from the driver’s attention to what’s on the road. .

Some of the other standard upgrades include an eight-inch infotainment screen, power-folding exterior mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key entry, and push-button start. The NX’s strong Wi-Fi hot spot was also a handy feature when I parked to get online and work on my laptop.

The 235-horsepower NX 300 comes with a turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine offers enough peppiness to confidently overtake slow moving cars in the fast lane on the highway.  Front-wheel drive comes standard, while all-wheel drive is available.

The NX 300 offers two trims - the base model and F Sport, which we tested. It gives you the sportiest drive by adding optimized suspension and performance dampers. Using the simple drive mode controller, I moved it from the default Drive mode and kept it mostly in Sport+. You can also choose the more fuel friendly Eco mode.

 

F Sport adds bigger wheels going from 17 to 18-inch black wheels, unique exterior design accoutrements such as special bumpers, and a black mesh grille. Inside the F Sport, you’ll find special added touches to the interior trim such as a sport steering wheel, extra comfy bolstered seats, different gauges and the special NuLuxe color palette.

The NX 300 will give you about 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

Pricing for 2018 Lexus NX 300 starts at $35,985.

 

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