The Lexus NX 300h stands out in its class by being the only luxury compact crossover SUV that offer a hybrid powertrain. The 2018 Lexus NX 300h brings aggressive styling, excellent driving dynamics, and solid build quality in easy-to-drive packages.
But it does not excel in all areas. Like the regular NX 300, the NX 300h has limited cargo space, especially considering its large size when compared to its competitors. However, the 2018 Lexus NX 300h accommodates its passengers well, and the hybrid powertrain delivers a fuel economy that is certainly above its conventional competitors.
The 2018 Lexus NX 300h is a hybrid five-passenger compact SUV available in a single trim level. The conventional NX 300 model is reviewed separately.
The 2018 Lexus NX 300h is backed by a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain that combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and three electric motors supplied by a nickel-metal hydride battery pack. It produces a maximum output of 194 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and all-wheel drive are standard, though its reliance solely on one of the electric motors to drive the rear wheels ultimately makes it less capable than other all-wheel-drive SUVs in regard to maximum traction.
In track testing, the 2018 Lexus NX 300h went to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds. A decent time for a hybrid, but also make the NX 300h one of the slowest luxury crossovers. But in the real world, many owners are satisfied with the NX 300h acceleration.
The EPA estimates fuel economy are best-in-class, it rated at 31 mpg combined (33 city/30 highway).