Pros & Cons
- Lengthy list of standard tech and safety features
- Ample legroom in both rows of seats
- Frustrating infotainment controls
- Small, restricted cargo space
New for 2018
- NX 300 replaces the NX 200t
- Lexus Safety System+ (suite of advanced safety tech) now standard
- 8-inch infotainment screen replaces standard 7-inch display
- Power-folding exterior mirrors now standard
The Lexus NX is an OK SUV. Newly standard for 2018 is a full suite of advanced safety equipment that further bolsters its reputation for safety. However, while the amount of passenger room is decent, the SUV’s cargo hold is small for the class. The NX also has mediocre performance: the engine is adequate but not overly powerful, and handling is more composed than sporty. One of the NX’s biggest drawbacks is its infotainment controller, which is so distracting for the driver that it makes changing the settings while driving nearly impossible.
Despite being just an OK SUV, the NX is a great value. It has a lower sticker price than many other luxury compact SUVs, yet it still provides an extensive list of standard features. The NX’s great safety scores should give you more confidence in your purchase.
That said, this is a class full of all-around excellent vehicles, and the NX doesn’t really beat out its rivals in any areas. While it has a stylish appearance and polished handling, it falls short of the athletic performance that the BMW X3 and Audi Q7 deliver. You may also want to check out the Mercedes-Benz GLC if you want to sit in the lap of luxury, or the Acura TLX if space and value are at the top of your list.
The 2019 Lexus Nx Vs Rx has a lot going for it, including a hybrid model, but you’d be wise to cross-shop its rivals as well. Additional new features for the 2019 Lexus Nx Vs Rx include a heated steering wheel, and optional heated and power operated front seats on lower-trim models with cloth upholstery. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. In addition to the gas-only model, the 2019 Lexus Nx Vs Rx is also available as a hybrid with all-wheel drive as standard.
- Spacious interior
- Fuel efficient hybrid variant
- An 8.4-inch infotainment screen on most trims
YOU WON’T LIKE
- All-wheel drive is only available with the V-6
- Subpar interior fit and finish
- Sloppy handling and steering
In a 2018 comparison test that included the Nissan and Jeep, the 2019 Lexus Nx Vs Rx placed fifth. Handling also proved to be another 2019 Lexus Nx Vs Rx weak spot and we found the steering to be numb.
The 2019 Lexus Nx Vs Rx, on the other hand, is a better package, as we noted in a 2017 First Test, thanks to its smooth powertrain and well-calibrated brakes that smoothly transition between regenerative and mechanical braking. However, since it isn’t a plug-in hybrid, the 2019 Lexus Nx Vs Rx doesn’t have much EV mode range and can only travel around 0.5 miles on electricity.A rearview camera with rear parking sensors is now standard on all models.
The car is the only 2019 Lexus Nx Vs Rx trim level that can be had with a cool two-tone exterior color scheme. The ride itself was smooth, and road imperfections were barely felt.”