The Lexus NX sits between the small UX and midsized RX. It's a pleasant, if somewhat snug SUV that delivers handling agility, ample acceleration, decent fuel economy and a luxurious interior ambiance.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Emissions
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

The Lexus NX sits between the small UX and midsized RX. It's a pleasant, if somewhat snug SUV that delivers handling agility, ample acceleration, decent fuel economy and a luxurious interior ambiance. However, it doesn't quite match competitors from Audi and BMW in terms of attention to detail and driving enjoyment. 

The NX's radical looks promise a younger, more spirited character than the typical Lexus, and its handling is indeed sharp. It's responsive compared with a typical Lexus, but the driving experience is less exciting than competitors from BMW and Audi. The NX's turbo four packs ample performance and decent fuel economy of 24 mpg. The hybrid version, called 300h is noisy and feels underpowered but gets 29 mpg overall. 

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (235 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 hybrid (194 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2019 Lexus NX owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Apple CarPlay

"If Apple CarPlay is active, I cannot tune into radio."

Anonymous, (2019 Lexus NX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"If my iPhone is connected In one USB port for charging, my thumb drive containing music in the other USB port is not recognized. Hence, I cannot play the music contained on my thumb drive if my iPhone is connected."

Anonymous, (2019 Lexus NX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The whole info/Nav system is too complicated to operate, and controls are not properly placed. Very poor design."

Anonymous, (2019 Lexus NX 300 F sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"inoperable. Lexus has added Apple car with a charge"

Anonymous, QC (2019 Lexus NX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Started on a cross country trip. ~20% failure to locate destination. I was told I'm "not eligible" to add Car Play which would solve my problem. My car was manufactured in Feb. 2019 and the same model made BEFORE mine and after mine were eligible for that upgrade. I have tried multiple times to find out why my car is "not Eligible". I've tried to contact Lexus main office to no avail. If I had known, 1) the GPS was so bad and 2) I could have waited a few months to get the Car Play I would have waited. The absurdity is I can find in my software where Car Play is noted as "on" but still not available. I love the car but I feel that something is not being told to me and feel badly abused by the company. I was told there might be an after market cure and was told by several advisors that they would look for a solution but I have heard nothing back from them. These are local folks who are employees so I don't lay any blame on them. But I do feel that Lexus' design team should completely overhaul their electronics. I consider their system completely unusable as you must look away from the road to use it. Functions should all be available on the steering wheel or voice activated. This is one of the plus items with Car Play. I do use the voice activated GPS but it often fails. I feel it would be imperative for the company to deal with this problem. At this point I could only give a partial recommendation, say 70% , to anyone who asks me."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Lexus NX 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The GPS dont recognise my voice for any command and i can not use it with voice. It is also difficult wth other command. I had to buy a GPS Garmin te replace."

Anonymous, QC (2019 Lexus NX 300.0 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Difficult to understand and implement GPS system. ~20% of the locations we requested were incorrect. Many locations surprised us with their accuracy in remote areas. But we still had many disappointments. After buying the car we went on a 10009 mile cross country trip. I had 2 sessions with the Lexus specialist and that helped a lot but I still had to call him several times on the road for help. The printed manual is very difficult to understand and implement. If I had to buy again I would, certainly, look at other competitors. I did not look further as we liked our older 2007 model. It began to have cylinder-coil problems. It did have 180,000+ miles on it. But I didn't want to get on the road with an unreliable vehicle. Other than that I very much like the car."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Lexus NX 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Sometimes it won't pair audio automatically and sometimes it will. Seems to happen several times a week."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Lexus NX 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"son purchase of the vehicle, it was not explained to me how the Bluetooth was switched on. I have just had it turned on for me."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Lexus NX 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Software update fixes

"Techology seems to be ahead of the technical guides provide to the dealerships"

Anonymous, NJ (2019 Lexus NX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"The voice controls worked as long as we followed, precisely, the method I was taught."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Lexus NX 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Wheel balance

"Factory tires go off balance too quickly (I mostly drive mostly highway miles). Items in the car (I.e. passenger seat) will noticeably vibrate and rattle (seat frame seems not to be built sturdy enough)."

Anonymous, FL (2019 Lexus NX 300 F sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel pump

"Lexus recalled 2019 NX due to a fuel pump problem which could cause the vehicle to stall at high speeds."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Lexus NX 300 F sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"I have driven Japanese cars since the mid 80's. Never had a car with this many rattles. I named the car "The Rattle Bucket" Lexus has yet to fix them. They say the "Car is safe to drive""

Anonymous, TX (2019 Lexus NX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

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