2018 Lexus NX

2018 Lexus NX
2018 Lexus NX

2018 Lexus NX


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 22 mpg City, 28 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.0 L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 235 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 6 Years / 70,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / Unlimited Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2018 Lexus NX

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Lexus Enform w/Safety Connect Emergency S.O.S
    • Pre-Collision System (pcs) Forward Collision
    • Lane Keep Assist Lane Keeping Assist
    • Lane Keep Assist Lane Departure Warning
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver Knee Airbag and Passenger Cushion Front Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Radio: AM/FM/CD Lexus Display Audio -inc: 8 speakers, Bluetooth audio streaming from compatible devices and hands free w/improved voice recognition, full digital power amplifier (class D), integrated SiriusXM Satellite Radio receiver (90-day All-Access trial subscription included), Scout GPS link, USB/iPod control, home screen can be divided into 1-3 sections (customizable - HVAC, audio, navigation), 8" multimedia screen, enhanced second generation Remote Touch Interface (RTI) w/30 percent larger touchpad, Enform Service Connect w/one-year trial period extended to complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership, my traffic routes; preset frequently, MID data sharing; content from headunit displayed in MID (e.g, song information, NAV turn by turn directions, call info.), dynamic voice recognition, one-shot address entry, embedded voice recognition w/off-board based service ; ability to choose voice prompt level (High/Low/Off) steering wheel control of onboard/offboard voice recognition, voice recognition guidance level, hint screens, Cache Radio w/ability to pause live AM/FM/HD Radio, hybrid data service, traffic and weather data provided via HD Radio (free while in HD Radio range), basic traffic maps, weather forecast and Siri Eyes Free mode (iPhone 4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S), Enform Wi-Fi Download up to 4GB during complimentary one- year trial, connect up to 5 devices and Wi-Fi enable devices to the vehicles Wi-Fi hotspot
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack and Radio Data System
    • Digital Signal Processor
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
    • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 17" x 7" Alloy -inc: darker finish
    • Tires: 225/65R17 All-Season
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Black Wheel Well Trim
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Power Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Roof Rack Rails Only
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto High-Beam Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Front Fog Lamps
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
    • High Clearance Lamp
  • Interior Features
    • Instrument Panel Bin, Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
    • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: 8-way power driver and power front passenger seats w/fore-aft slide, fore-aft recline, front vertical height, rear vertical height and power lumbar support (driver's seat only)
    • 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • Leather Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Compass
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Distance Pacing
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Interior Accents and Leatherette Upholstered Dashboard
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • Leather/Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
    • NuLuxe Seat Trim
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination, Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Folding Cargo Cover
    • Cargo Features -inc: Cargo Tray/Organizer
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Tracker System
    • Smart Device Integration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.0L 16V DOHC 4-Cylinder w/VVT-iW -inc: twin-scroll turbocharger w/intercooler
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Multi-Mode Auto -inc: electronically controlled transmission w/intelligence (ECT-i)
    • Axle Ratio: 3.888
    • GVWR: 5,090 lbs
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode, Sequential Shift Control w/Steering Wheel Controls and Oil Cooler
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 550CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 15.9 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Double Wishbone Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
    • Mechanical Limited Slip Differential

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.7
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.2
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 54.6
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 17.7
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 17.7
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 550
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 2.0 L/122
    • Fuel System - Port/Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 235 @ 4800
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 258 @ 1650
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 104.7
    • Length, Overall (in) - 182.3
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 73.6
    • Height, Overall (in) - 64.8
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 62.2
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 62.2
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 6.9
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 15.9
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 71.6
    • Front Head Room (in) - 38.2
    • Front Head Room (in) - 37.4
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.8
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 57.3
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 55.1
    • Second Head Room (in) - 38.1
    • Second Head Room (in) - 38
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 36.1
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 55.3
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 53.9
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 25
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 22
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 28
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 39.8
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Lexus NX
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Double Wishbone
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - NONTR2
    • Rear Tire Order Code - NONTR2
    • Front Tire Size - P225/65HR17
    • Front Tire Size - P235/50HR19
    • Front Tire Size - P225/60HR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/65HR17
    • Rear Tire Size - P235/50HR19
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/60HR18
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 2000
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 200
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 2000
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 200
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 2000
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.30
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.90
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.42
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.00
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.71
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.61
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 4.15
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.89
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.1
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3940
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 8
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 8
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Front Wheel Material - Forged Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Forged Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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  • Blue Vortex Metallic Caviar Nebula Gray Pearl Silver Lining Metallic
  • Blue Vortex Metallic
  • Caviar
  • Nebula Gray Pearl
  • Silver Lining Metallic

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Expressive design melds with comfortable accommodations in the Lexus NX compact luxury crossover. Introduced for the 2015 model year, NX is the smallest member of the Lexus crossover family.

All 2018 Lexus NX models received a mild facelift. The spindle grille has been modified, and front/rear lights redesigned. The Lexus Safety System Plus package is now standard, and the contents of Comfort and Luxury option packages have been revised.

For the 2018 model year, Lexus has renamed the model previously known as NX 200t to NX 300.

The 2018 Lexus NX comes in three versions, with a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive: NX 300, NX 300 F Sport, and NX 300h hybrid.

The NX 300 uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 235 horsepower. Its 6-speed automatic transmission mates with either front-drive or all-wheel drive.

The F Sport, boasting sporty styling touches, gains a bigger imitation air intake for 2018. Amply bolstered sport seats feature black or red upholstery, with accent piping. Pedals are drilled aluminum.

All-wheel drive is standard on the NX 300h hybrid. A specially tuned 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine works with twin motor-generators. Combined output from Toyota’s hybrid drive system is 194 horsepower. The hybrid uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

An electric-only mode is included in the NX300h, along with the usual Normal, Sport, and Eco choices. Acceleration to 60 mph with the hybrid takes a leisurely 9.1 seconds.

Launching the NX gave Lexus a new design language, led by an exaggerated, oversize grille and extroverted body details. More recently, other small crossovers have adopted comparable styling themes, so the NX has lost some shock value since its 2015 debut. Similar in overall length to likely competitors, the NX rides a wheelbase that’s up to 9 inches shorter.

Crash-test results have been good, but not perfect. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2017 NX a Top Safety Pick Plus designation. All tests earned Good ratings. Frontal crash protection was rated Acceptable, but only if equipped with a specific option package.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 NX five stars overall and for side-impact, but only four stars in the frontal-crash test.

Lexus has made more safety technology standard for 2018, including adaptive cruise control, lane-departure alert, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and automatic high beams. Like some rivals, visibility is somewhat impaired by thick rear pillars.


NX 300 FWD ($35,985) comes with the 2.0-liter turbo engine, front-wheel drive, 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, steering-wheel controls, automatic headlights, Bluetooth connectivity, rearview camera, and suite of active-safety features. The NX 300 AWD adds all-wheel drive ($37,385).

NX 300 F Sport ($38,375) gets visual enhancements including a black mesh grille, tuned suspension, and tunable noise-enhancement. Expanded instrumentation includes a G-Force meter. All-wheel drive comes on the NX 300 F Sport AWD ($39,775).

Options include a new power tailgate with a kick sensor, 18-inch wheels, and navigation with a new 10.3-inch touchscreen. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $995 destination charge.)

NX 300h AWD ($38,335) has the hybrid powertrain with 2.5-liter engine, all-wheel drive, power-folding mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, power front seats, 8-speaker audio, dual-zone climate control, Scout GPS Link, and 8.0-inch screen.


One of the most extroverted-looking crossovers, the NX was quite startling when it emerged for 2015. Beneath the jarring surface, the NX is essentially a twin-box utility wagon like many others.

Above the dramatically protruding, hourglass-shaped grille, L-shaped LED running lights join swept-back headlights. The hybrid-model grille has a milder pattern of horizontal bars.

Bodysides flaunt sharp creases and pointy shapes. Deep door indentations make the sills look asymmetrical. F Sport versions feature a black grille, black mirrors, and other sporty-look details, along with 18-inch wheels.


Luxurious cabin materials are no surprise. Neither are quietness and comfort. Cabins are restrained, making use of familiar trim materials.

Large round instruments sit on a wide, angled dashboard, above a protruding console. Lexus uses rotary switches for ventilation control.

Despite a comparatively short wheelbase, legroom and headroom are satisfying. Front seats are spacious, supportive and comfortable, readily adjustable in several directions. Seating positions are slightly lower than in some competitive vehicles.

Luxurious upholstery continues into the rear seats, but they’re less supportive. Back-seat cushions also are somewhat flat. Because of sharply-angled roof pillars, rear occupants may have to lean forward to get the best views. F Sport seats have more substantial side bolsters, as well as generous head clearance.

Cargo volume is good, totaling 17.7 cubic feet behind the rear seat. With that seat folded down, volume grows to only 54.6 cubic feet, near the smallest in the category. Numerous trays, a console bin, and large glovebox provide ample storage capacity.

Lexus’s infotainment system can be tricky, requiring movement of a finger across a console touchpad. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay do not exist.

Driving Impressions

Roadholding and carlike handling capabilities are satisfying. Body roll is minimal, but not wholly absent. An NX is exceptionally quiet on most roads, but road sounds may intrude.

Performance from the 2.0-liter turbo qualifies as mildly sporty, but around average for the compact crossover class. Furthermore, the turbo four isn’t as pleasurable or smooth-running as expected. To keep fuel-economy high, the engine switches periodically to more efficient Atkinson-cycle operation. Coupled with some turbo lag, that system can delay power delivery, resulting in uneven operation.

Hybrid models are less sporty than their gasoline-only counterparts, but the gas/electric powertrain is better balanced and smoother. A kickdown switch maximizes power when pushing the pedal to the floor. Engine howl is nicely restrained.

Below 25 mph, the hybrid can run up to 0.6 mile on battery power. Eco mode in the regular NX constricts performance, except on flat roads.

F Sport engine output is identical to that of the regular NX 300, but the suspension has sportier tuning. Sport mode sharpens acceleration and keeps engine speed higher than usual. Road noise and a harsher ride are the penalties for picking an F Sport.

Fuel economy ranks around average. With front-drive, the turbo-engine model has been EPA-rated at only 22/28 mpg City/Highway, or 25 mpg Combined. All-wheel drive loses 1 mpg in the combined figure. The 2017 NX 300h was EPA-rated at 33/30 mpg City/Highway, or 31 mpg Combined.


Well-equipped for its price, the NX 300 isn’t the strongest performer in the compact crossover category, but few cars stand as far apart from the pack in styling. Not everyone falls for its front-end bulk or bodyside exaggerations, but newly standard safety features and roadgoing qualities enhance its appeal. F Sport models ride rougher, while the hybrid excels in gas mileage, without adding too much to the base price.

Driving impressions by John Voelcker, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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