2020 Lexus NX 300 F Sport AWD Review & Test Drive

2020 lexus nx 300 f sport awd

America has discovered a stride in its thirst for Crossover Utility automobiles (CUVs), and such a desire carries well in to the luxury marketplace for compact-sized crossovers. Lexus happens to be anyone to champion the compact luxury crossover portion because of the Lexus NX, which happens to come in a number of trim levels as well as a hybrid choice.

Within my recent encounter with a Lexus automobile, I have ahold associated with the brand new NX 300 in F Sport trim. The NX 300 is running on a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The engine does well to combine decent energy and efficiency. I observe that the Lexus NX 300 cannot surpass the buzz of new coming competition partly considering an adult 6-speed automated transmission it makes use of. Whilst the 6-speed automatic feels proven and well-tuned to secure in appropriate gear under most circumstances, the overall powertrain would take advantage of a few extra cogs. Nevertheless, the NX 300 has adequate acceleration and provides a good amount of low-end torque to obtain things going with only a little dash of turbo lag. Zero to 60 mph will come in at about 7 moments flat the all-wheel-drive setup.

2020 lexus nx 300 f sport side

On the street, the NX 300 F Sport does well to offer the motorist confidence in its handling and eagerness to operate with traffic. The adaptive dampers on my NX 300 F Sport test car, which come included in deciding on the F Sport trim, adds a welcomed dynamic for the NX to deal with a lot better than non-f-sport trims. The added benefit of a Sport+ drive mode or personalized drive mode to set the dampers slightly is a welcomed stylish facet of the NX. Unfortunately, Lexus does not include some other performance improvements on formula for the NX F Sport, and you also put up with the same power figures. Important thing, you’re maybe not going to leap up and down about the efficiency of the NX 300 F Sport no real matter what you are doing or exactly how fast you drive – it just is not that kind of “sporty” automobile.

2020 lexus nx 300 f sport backside

Gas economy is very consistent with the turbocharged engine plus in the real world you’ll be prepared to match the EPA-estimates of 22 mpg town, 27 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined the AWD NX 300.

2020 lexus nx 300 f sport dashboard

Others items that you ought to note for the NX 300 F Sport versus other trim amounts are mostly subdued changes in the inside not in the NX F Sport exterior’s exclusive 18-inch tires and unique front grill. The cabin gets a little bit of stylish therapy with an F Sport heated steering wheel with change paddles, door scuff dishes, black heated rearview mirrors, aluminum pedals, and perforated NuLuxe sport seats with heating and ventilation in advance.

2020 lexus nx 300 f sport front side seats

Consistent with the Lexus tradition, the NX 300 F Sport doesn’t leave far from its conservative roots in its execution of ride and drive characteristics which can be still on the soft side to retain its luxury theme. More over, the expected top-notch fit and finish is located through the Lexus NX 300 F Sport with soft-touch surfaces within the right places to avoid the limited level of hard plastics from cheapening the inner.

2020 lexus nx 300 f sport back seats

The space and sitting regions of the NX 300 F Sport are notably tight, but the majority can find a relatively comfy sitting place. Up front, the sitting areas are noticeably narrow, nevertheless the NX’s front side seats are comfy plus the cabin is quiet out on the trail at speed. Cargo room is a little quick but folding a corner 60/40-split flat-folding seatbacks is an advantage to benefiting from the CUV-ness for the brand new NX 300.

2020 lexus nx 300 f sport cargo space

Probably my biggest problem using the NX 300, as well a number of other Lexus automobiles, may be the use of its remote touchpad software for conversation utilizing the infotainment system. In most, the Lexus infotainment system isn’t all that bad it really is just that the remote touchpad user interface is utterly irritating and can be counterintuitive for maintaining concentrate on the road. However, there is the integration of Apple CarPlay and Alexa experience, which adds some intuitiveness back into the device – you still need to use that annoying remote touchpad if you’re maybe not giving a valid voice demand.

Others areas that the Lexus NX shines is its value and quality develop for an extra lightweight crossover. Lexus develops some of the most dependable vehicles traveling and NX is no exception on rule. The NX can be had at a beginning price simply over $37,000 but can very quickly rise to my fully-loaded test vehicle’s price of $52,599, that is a point in which you begin to wonder should you update towards larger RX 350 sibling associated with the NX. Still, if a zippy compact luxury crossover is on your shopping list with a taste of individuality within the F Sport trim, then NX 300 F Sport is something you don’t wish to ignore, taking into consideration the range of advanced level safety features and feature packages bundled on my test vehicle, which include lots of the more desirable options on luxury market.

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