I choose the F Sport trim of the NX300 to drive this week. The 2019 Lexus NX 300 is a five-passenger luxury compact SUV available in two trim levels: the standard NX 300 and the NX 300 F Sport. It comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (235 horsepower, 258 pound-feet) and a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2019 Lexus NX 300 F-Sport is more than just an upgraded Toyota RAV4; it takes on the competition outside of the Toyota family upping the luxury at a reasonable price and good fuel efficiency. The competitors range from the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Porsche Macan, Audi Q5, Volvo XC60, Infiniti QX50, Lincoln MKC, and the Jaguar I-Pace. With the luxury compact SUV so tight, every new option counts and Lexus has packed the compact with lots of goodies.
New Standard Features:
Apple CarPlay™ and Amazon Alexa functionality added on vehicles with Lexus Multimedia system built after Oct. 1st, 2018
Lexus Enform Remote (smartwatch, Amazon Alexa skill integration, Google Assistant integration)
For 2019, the Lexus NX 300 will feature the Apple CarPlay™ and Amazon Alexa functionality on all vehicles built after Oct. 1st, 2018. Another new feature will be an upgraded Lexus Enform Remote system now with smartwatch, Amazon Alexa skill integration, and Google Assistant integration.
A Sport-Utility Vehicle Made For a Busy Lifestyle
The NX 300’s raised driving position evokes a sporty driving experience with features to complement a busy lifestyle. This position includes the Lexus Safety System+ as standard equipment, Lexus Enform Wi-Fi (with 4GB of space complimentary for the first year) and a power back door with kick sensor available as a standalone option. Additional options include a Luxury Package with Electrochromic mirrors and reverse tilt and memory mirrors; Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert; and a Comfort Package with driver and passenger heated and ventilated seats.
NX 300: Turbo Performance and Efficiency
The 2019 Lexus NX’s straight-line performance remains unchanged, keeping the significant improvements to the vehicle’s suspension tuning to enhance ride and handling. The springs, stabilizer bars, and bushings improve turn-in response and steady-state cornering. The NX’s chassis has the available Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) based on the advanced system found in the LC 500. It has a range of up to 650 instantaneous compression and damping adjustments (up from 620) for enhanced control and overall handling stability. The foundation for the NX 300’s handling agility and ride comfort is a highly rigid body structure that makes extensive use of hot-stamped high tensile steel along with aluminum. The Lexus NX uses MacPherson strut front suspension and a trailing arm double wishbone type rear suspension that separates the coil springs and dampers. This technology helps optimize agility, control, and ride comfort.
The NX 300’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 235 hp at 4800-5,600 rpm with 258 lb.-ft of torque from 1,650-4,000 rpm. The D4-S injection system, which uses a combination of direct fuel injection and additional port fuel injectors, helps ensure ample power and crisp responsiveness at all engine speeds. Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence-Wide (VVT-iW) optimizes torque throughout the engine speed range. The engine starts in the Otto cycle and then runs in the more fuel-efficient Atkinson cycle at cruising speeds.
NX 300 F SPORT Revs Up Performance
The NX 300 F SPORT grabs the senses with its detailed design, handling performance and sound. The F SPORT option exterior includes a unique honeycomb front end with a more aggressive grille. An optional Premium Triple-Beam LED headlights and a lower bumper with elegant chrome treatments are available. The front-end of the NX 300 F Sport achieves an even more dynamic appearance thanks to a lower bumper, rear lower bumper, and taillamps, an addition of laser fog light housing, larger exhaust opening, and an optional 18-inch F SPORT alloy wheels with All-Season or Summer tires.
Enjoy the sound of an engine revving? The Lexus NX 300 F SPORT obliges with Active Sound Control (ASC), which brings some of the engine note through the speakers and enhances it, with volume adjustable by the driver.
Body-hugging, quilted NuLuxe sport seat surfaces are exclusive to the F SPORT, which also offers a unique interior color, Circuit Red. The driver grips a perforated leather-trimmed F SPORT steering wheel and brushed metallic gearshift.
The Lexus LFA supercar inspires the F SPORT's unique instrumentation. The driver can view real-time performance with the Lexus-first G-Force meter “G-ball” in the Multi-Information Display. The G-ball moves in response to the vehicle’s lateral and longitudinal forces. The MID displays the peak force in each direction. Display bars indicate the steering angle, throttle opening angle, and brake pressure. The MID also provides a turbo-boost display.
2019 Lexus NX 300 and F SPORT models and pricing:
2019 Lexus NX 300 FWD: $36,485
2019 Lexus NX 300 AWD: $37,885
2019 Lexus NX 300 F SPORT FWD: $38,725
2019 Lexus NX 300 F SPORT AWD: $40,125