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2020 Lexus NX 300h: Riding the Middle Ground


Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 7:36 PM

2020lexusnx300h475The Lexus NX 300h is a hybrid subcompact SUV that seats five. With its higher clearance, spacious interior, and luxurious cabin, the NX 300h is definitely an SUV and not just a taller hatch. For 2020 there’s not much new except for the Safety System+ 2.0 added as standard and lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and forward collision mitigation also available.

The NX 300h comes in only one trim level, but Lexus does offer some options to personalize your model. Equipped with goodies like 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, LED foglights and running lights, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and mitigation, lane departure warning and intervention, keyless ignition and entry, power-adjustable front seats, simulated-leather upholstery, Lexus Safety System+ 2.0, Lexus Enform Safety Connect emergency communications, and 8-inch infotainment display with a touchpad interface there’s plenty to like.

2020lexusnx300hintMy test car came with the Premium package that added a sunroof, driver-seat memory functions, 18-inch wheels, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and enhanced LED daytime running lights with integrated turn signals, plus heated and ventilated front seats, blind-spot monitoring, and auto-dimming side mirrors.

Powering the NX 300h is a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine and hybrid system that delivers a combined power of 194 horses. Because of the electric assist, mileage is good at 33/city, 30/highway, and 31/combined mpg.

The NX 300h is mighty comfy with plenty of room for all passengers to stretch out their legs. Materials used throughout the cabin are up market and the fit and finish is great. The infotainment system is operated between a touchpad and a dial in the center console that lets the driver dial through different menus. I found it all pretty straight-forward and easy to operate.

The combination of the electric and gas engines give the NX 300h a boost of speed when called upon. The gas engine is pretty quiet, so engine noise in the cabin is muted. The car is very maneuverable at lower speeds but at higher speeds the steering feels a bit mushy. Ride quality is good and most all but the most egregious road imperfects are smoothed over.

Looking to a try a subcompact SUV with lots of room and the extra mileage of a hybrid? Give the 2020 Lexus NX 300h a test drive.

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