Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
7/11/19 8:10 a.m.

In September, Lexus will turn 30. And, as history tells us, Lexus hit the ground running, turning the luxury car world on its head with its ideas on what constitutes a luxury automobile: solid engineering, quality materials, and value.

Thirty years on, we got our hands on a 2019 Lexus NX 300 F SPORT. Everything you’d expect from a Lexus is still there more or less, but we should add that the F-Sport package doesn’t add any more power—it’s all appearance—save for a shorter final gear ratio in either FWD or AWD guise. What does the (cost) F SPORT package add? Well mostly interior upgrades, but also some interesting things: F SPORT tuned suspension, race-inspired paddle shifters and G-force and turbo-boost displays. Also worth noting is this little gem from the press kit: “Enjoy the sound of an engine revving? The Lexus NX 300 F SPORT obliges with Active Sound Control (ASC), which brings some of the engine note through the speakers and enhances it, with volume adjustable by the driver.” The premium F SPORT package tacks $2,865 onto the base price.

Fuel economy for the turbocharged 2.0 Liter—the only engine option for the NX 300 F SPORT—is 22 city and 27 highway for the AWD version like our tester. It does put out 235 horsepower, though.

Pricing for the 2019 Lexus NX 300 starts at $40,025, with our F SPORT tester coming in at $51,358.

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