2018 Lexus NX Buyer's Guide
Starting Price: $36,980 | Price yours
Above Average: Styling, economy and resale value
Below Average: Infotainment, cargo room
Consensus: Safe bet in a crowded segment
Forward-looking design meets familiar quality and value.
Underneath the angular styling of the Lexus NX is a small luxury SUV with a comfortable ride and a roomy, feature-packed cabin. Like other members of the Lexus family, the NX offers value in many forms. In addition to a reasonable starting price and excellent resale value, the NX is also fuel-efficient and generously equipped. European alternatives like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 certainly have their own appeals, but the well-rounded NX is a particularly compelling option to value-oriented luxury buyers.
For 2018, the NX receives updated styling inside and out, and the Lexus Safety System+ suite of safety technology is now standard. The suspension was updated to improve ride and handling, and the base model, previously known as the NX 200t, is now the NX 300.
From our full review of the Lexus NX: "The NX’s turbocharged 2.0-liter engine loves to run, delivering its power in a smooth, linear fashion that makes this nearly 4,000-pound crossover SUV feel like a much lighter, more nimble vehicle."
With a net output of 194 horsepower and a 9.1-second 0-60 time, the all-wheel-drive Lexus NX 300h AWD offers ample power and acceleration. More important, its fuel economy of 33 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway eclipses the 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway you would get with the gas-only Lexus NX 300 AWD.
If you want to add a little more attitude to the NX, Lexus offers the 300 F Sport. It comes with unique wheels, design cues and F Sport suspension tuning, as well as Active Sound Control.
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Build and Price
Pricing for a front-wheel-drive Lexus NX 300 starts at just under $37,000. Choosing the 300 F Sport with all the bells and whistles runs just about $51,000. Build and price your own Lexus NX to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
Many Lexus NX owners have been thrilled with the quality and reliability of Lexus' littlest SUV, but there is some room for improvement, as Bud explains: "We bought this car after a lot of shopping for the equivalent smaller SUVs. Handling, mileage, build quality are all excellent - typical Lexus (this is our 2nd). But the navigation and infotainment interface and system design is the worst!" Read more Lexus NX consumer reviews.
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