2020 Lexus NX 300 F SPORT new car reviews

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 2020 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 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 $2865 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 2020 Lexus NX 300 starts at $40,025, with our F SPORT tester coming in at $51,358.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

Wish there was a fancy version of the tried-and-true Rav4? Lexus can make those wishes true with their NX series–but this isn’t going to be a fast-casual meal as our F Sport tester started at $38,960.

This is another one of the fancy tall wagons offered by Lexus and, we admit, it’s a growing, crowded market. What separates this one from the rest? It looks and feels like a Lexus. The controls have a familiar click to them. The interior touch points might be a bit nicer.

Outside, there’s Lexus's unmistakable DNA. Is it for everyone? Maybe, maybe not. But no one will confuse it for a Rav4.

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