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2019 Lexus NX Hybrid: What You Need to Know

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The 2019 Lexus NX Hybrid finishes near the bottom of our luxury compact SUV rankings. While there are some high points with this Lexus, most class rivals provide better performance and offer more upscale interiors.

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The 2019 Lexus NX Hybrid is ranked:

Is the Lexus NX Hybrid a Good SUV?

The Lexus NX Hybrid is an OK SUV (the nonhybrid Lexus NX is covered in a separate review). It gets excellent fuel economy, offers some nice tech features, and provides spacious, comfortable seats. However, many rivals have more energetic engines, superior handling, more cargo space, and more user-friendly infotainment systems.

Should I Buy the Lexus NX Hybrid?

The NX Hybrid has a lower starting price than many class rivals, but that doesn't mean you should buy it. It finishes in near the bottom of the class rankings for a reason. Instead of this Lexus, consider alternatives like the Volvo XC60 and Lexus NX.

Should I Buy a New or Used Lexus NX Hybrid?

The 2019 Lexus NX 300h is part of a generation that began with the 2015 model year. There aren't any notable changes for 2019, but the 2018 model saw a slight refresh that included updated styling, a larger infotainment screen, and several new standard driver assistance features, including a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. The 2017 model was the first NX Hybrid to come standard with all-wheel drive.

You can potentially save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used NX Hybrid instead of a new one, though older models may not have as many features. If you're interested in a used model, visit our overviews of the 2017 Lexus NX Hybrid and 2018 Lexus NX Hybrid. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current NX Hybrid generation, which runs from 2015 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Lexus NX Hybrid Cost?

The NX Hybrid's base price is around $38,500, which is less than many class rivals' starting prices. The NX Hybrid is only available in one trim, but there are several option packages. A fully loaded version of this Lexus can cost in the high-$40,000s.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Lexus dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Lexus deals page.

Lexus NX Hybrid Versus the Competition

Few luxury crossover SUVs come with a hybrid powertrain – though some nonhybrid models in the class, including the Buick Envision and Mercedes-Benz GLC, offer good fuel economy ratings. If you really want a hybrid SUV, you might have to look to options outside of the luxury segment, like the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid or Nissan Rogue Hybrid.

Which Is Better: Lexus NX Hybrid or Volvo XC60?

The Volvo XC60 is one of the few luxury compact SUVs besides the Lexus NX to offer a hybrid powertrain. The XC60 plug-in hybrid features a turbo- and supercharged powertrain that puts out 400 horsepower, and it can make this SUV really move. The XC60 can go 17 miles on electric power alone, and while its gasoline fuel economy lags the NX Hybrid's, the Volvo's MPGe (mpg-equivalent) is nearly twice the Lexus' mpg rating. Inside, the Volvo may have the nicest cabin in the class, and it has a more intuitive infotainment system than the NX Hybrid. On the downside, it costs far more than its Lexus rival.

Which Is Better: Lexus NX Hybrid or Lexus NX?

The nonhybrid Lexus NX 300 is a good alternative to the Lexus NX 300h if you don't care about getting the best gas mileage. The NX 300 feels more energetic, handles better, and gives you a little bit more cargo space. Additionally, it costs a few thousand dollars less.

NX Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the NX Hybrid Seat?

The five-seat NX Hybrid provides a good amount of space for adult passengers up front and in the back, according to most reviewers. Driver visibility is somewhat limited, but the seats are supportive and comfortable even after a full day of driving.

NX Hybrid and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. The tether anchors are tough to find, and the lower anchors are set deep in the seats and tough to maneuver around.

NX Hybrid Interior Quality

This Lexus doesn't look bad inside, but nobody will accuse it of having the nicest interior in the class. Materials quality is mixed, and some competitors are more stylish.

NX Hybrid Cargo Space

This Lexus lags behind nearly every competitor when it comes to cargo space. It offers just under 17 cubic feet of room with the rear seats up – enough space for more than a dozen shopping bags – and a little under 54 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

NX Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, a USB port, an eight-speaker audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch display screen and Siri Eyes Free. Available features include an additional USB port, a 10.3-inch infotainment display, a navigation system, a 10-speaker sound system, and a moonroof.

The NX Hybrid's infotainment system is worse than pretty much every rivals'. That's because you control it with a laptop-style trackpad on the center console known as Remote Touch. It requires practice to master it, and even then, it's distracting to use while driving.

NX Hybrid Performance

NX Hybrid Engine: Not Exactly a Racehorse

The NX 300h features a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that combine to produce 194 horsepower. You'll have no trouble driving around town, but the NX Hybrid can struggle at highway speeds, and the engine gets loud when it's under strain.

NX Hybrid Gas Mileage: A Class Leader

The NX 300h excels when it comes to fuel economy. It earns 33 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which are among the best ratings in the luxury compact SUV class.

Driving the NX Hybrid will save you more than $600 per year in gas money compared to the nonhybrid Lexus NX.

NX Hybrid Ride and Handling: Decent for Daily Driving

This all-wheel-drive Lexus grips the road well and does fine around town, but there's a lot of body roll around turns, and this is far from the most athletic vehicle in the class. The ride feels comfortable over smooth roads but gets worse as the pavement does.

NX Hybrid Reliability

Is the Lexus NX Hybrid Reliable?

The 2019 NX Hybrid does not yet have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Lexus NX Hybrid Warranty

Lexus backs the NX 300h with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hybrid-related components are covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty. 

NX Hybrid Safety

NX Hybrid Crash Test Results

The 2019 NX Hybrid has not yet been put through crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

NX Hybrid Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and a rearview camera.

Available features include a bird's-eye-view camera system, parking sensors with automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Which Lexus NX Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

There's only one Lexus NX 300h trim (we cover the nonhybrid Lexus NX in a separate review), and it starts at $38,535. In addition to its 194-horsepower engine/motor combo, continuously variable automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive, the NX Hybrid comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch display screen, smartphone app navigation, smartphone integration with the Enform App Suite, and Siri Eyes Free.

Standard driver assistance features include lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, and a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection.

Several option packages are available. The Navigation package ($1,860) includes navigation, a 10-speaker premium audio system, and a 10.3-inch infotainment screen. The Comfort package ($980) adds heated and ventilated front seats, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

The Premium package ($3,270) includes the Comfort package features, a moonroof, and more. The Luxury package ($4,705) adds all the features of the Premium package plus leather upholstery.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Lexus dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Lexus deals page.

The Final Call

The 2019 Lexus NX Hybrid is practical and fuel-efficient. However, it isn't as athletic or upscale as many of its rivals, and that's why it finishes near the bottom of our luxury compact SUV rankings. When shopping for your next vehicle, you should probably consider other options.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

Read the full 2019 Lexus NX Hybrid review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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