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2017 Lexus NX Hybrid Review

The 2017 Lexus NX Hybrid ranks in the top third of its class, thanks to its great safety and predicted reliability ratings, refined driving dynamics, and roomy interior.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Pleasant ride and handling
  • Roomy seating space
  • Distracting infotainment controls
  • Small cargo capacity

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Lexus NX Hybrid's #4 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Luxury Compact SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2017 Best Hybrid SUV for the Money award and a finalist for our 2017 Best Luxury Compact SUV for the Money award. Currently the Lexus NX Hybrid has a score of 8.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 30 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.0
Safety: 9.3
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2017 Lexus NX Hybrid Overview

Is the 2017 Lexus NX Hybrid a Good Used SUV?

The Lexus NX Hybrid is a great option if you want a used luxury compact SUV with the fuel efficiency of an economy car. The NX Hybrid – also referred to as the NX 300h – earns a class-leading 33 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. It impresses with agile handling, an elegant interior, and generous seating space as well. It also rates highly for predicted reliability and crash safety, and it offers a large suite of advanced safety features.

There are a couple of drawbacks, though. The NX has less cargo space than a number of its rivals, and its infotainment system has clunky controls. Consider the top-rated 2017 BMW X3 to remedy both issues. There’s also a nonhybrid 2017 Lexus NX 200t, but it’s reviewed separately.

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We’ve researched 30 Lexus NX Hybrid reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2017 Lexus NX Hybrid?

You can expect to pay between $38,800 and $45,000 for a used 2017 NX 300h. These figures are based on listings for the 2017 Lexus NX 300h on our site. The average price is $41,300. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location

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How Much Does the 2017 Lexus NX Hybrid Cost to Own?

The NX 300h’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $24,300 – or about $4,850 per year. That’s far lower than average for the luxury compact SUV class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New NX Hybrid?

The 2018 Lexus NX 300h starts at $38,335 and can top $50,000. You can save money with a used NX Hybrid instead, especially if you want a base model with few options. However, there is one major benefit to buying new: the 2018 NX comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+. This system includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning with brake assist. If these are must-have items, you may find that it’s cheaper to buy a new model rather than find a used model with these features equipped.

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For an even less expensive new SUV, consider the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, which starts at $27,385. The RAV4 shares its hybrid system with the NX – Lexus is a division of Toyota – and it yields similarly high fuel economy ratings of 34/30 mpg city/highway. It also boasts an easier-to-use infotainment system, far more standard safety features, and a much larger cargo area. Though its interior materials don’t feel as rich as its Lexus sibling’s, the RAV4 is the better people- and cargo-hauler.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus NX Hybrid Is Best?

The NX 300h debuted in 2015 as an all-new vehicle, and this first generation includes the 2018 model. The NX 300h was initially offered with either front- or all-wheel drive. There was only a 1 mpg difference between these models, so the front-wheel-drive option was dropped in 2017. Otherwise, there are no major differences between the 2015, 2016, and 2017 models, so you can save money by shopping for a used 2015 NX 300h while still finding most of the same features as the newer models.

Updates for the 2018 model year are more significant; they include a larger infotainment screen. A number of previously optional safety features became standard as well, including forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Lexus NX Hybrid?

The 2017 NX 300h has a predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power, which is above average for the market.

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2017 Lexus NX Hybrid Recalls

As of this writing, there are no recalls for the 2017 NX 300h.

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Which Used Lexus NX Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 NX 300h comes in one trim. Standard features include all-wheel drive, a 7-inch infotainment screen, a rearview camera, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, NuLuxe leatherette upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and alloy wheels.

Available features include a navigation system, a moonroof, a hands-free liftgate, leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, and a suite of active safety features.

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What Does Lexus' Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Lexus offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 70,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to six years or unlimited mileage. From the day you purchase or lease your Lexus CPO vehicle, you receive complimentary maintenance covering the next four factory-recommended services for two years or 20,000 miles. Every CPO Lexus must pass a 161-point inspection. Additional benefits like loaner cars, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Lexus has the best CPO program in the industry.

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How Safe Is the NX Hybrid?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 Lexus NX a Good safety score in all areas tested and named the SUV a Top Safety Pick+. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the NX a perfect five-star rating for overall and side impact safety, as well as four stars for front and rollover crash safety.

All NX Hybrid models come standard with a rearview camera. Available safety features include front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and Lexus’ Pre-Collision System (forward collision warning with brake assist).

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2017 Lexus NX Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Lexus NX Hybrid or 2017 Audi Q5?

The Audi Q5 was previously offered with an optional hybrid powertrain, but that setup was discontinued for 2017. Either way, it would do little to tip the scales in the Audi’s favor. The Q5 has a poor predicted reliability rating, high ownership costs, and fewer advanced safety features than the NX Hybrid. Though quite sporty to drive, its ride is too firm for many drivers. Stick with the Lexus.

Which Is Better: 2017 Lexus NX Hybrid or 2017 BMW X3?

We named the BMW X3 our 2017 Best Luxury Compact SUV for Families. While the X3’s turbocharged engines can’t match the NX Hybrid’s class-leading fuel economy, they do offer muscular performance while still providing fine gas mileage of up to 21/28 mpg city/highway. The BMW also offers better driving dynamics, more cargo space, a far easier-to-use infotainment system, and an even longer list of advanced safety features, like a 360-degree-view camera. Both are good options in this class, but the X3 is the better luxury vehicle.

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2017 NX Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2017 Lexus NX Hybrid Drive?

The NX 300h has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors, which net a combined 194 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. The hybrid system operates smoothly and gives the NX sufficient power in stop-and-go city traffic.

However, this Lexus feels less confident at highway speeds. Excellent fuel economy comes at the cost of passing power. Despite this setback, the NX Hybrid finds a nice balance between ride quality and handling. It remains stable around turns, its steering is responsive, and its regenerative braking system feels natural – which isn’t always the case with hybrids. Once the driver lifts off the gas pedal, the electric motors begin to slow the SUV, and the energy is used to recharge the battery pack. The NX’s well-balanced suspension improves things further. Though it’s stiffer than its cushy Lexus RX sibling, it still soaks up bumps and dips in the road nicely.

Does the 2017 Lexus NX Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The NX 300h hybrid tops its class in fuel economy, with an EPA-estimated 33 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The nonhybrid NX 200t gets a lower 22/28 mpg city/highway.

2017 Lexus NX Hybrid Towing Capacity

The NX 300h is rated to tow up to 1,500 pounds when properly equipped.

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2017 NX Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 NX Hybrid Seat?

The Lexus NX is a 2-row SUV with seating for up to five. The front seats are comfortable and provide good support, thanks to hip-hugging side bolsters. The rear seats are quite cozy as well, and even taller adults will find adequate space to stretch out in the back. Leatherette upholstery is standard; leather, heated, and ventilated seats are available. The NX’s cabin is elegantly designed and keeps out most wind and road noise. You’ll find quality materials in all directions, including many soft-touch plastics, metal accents, and an upholstered dashboard.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Lexus NX Hybrid?

The NX has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. Most of the upper tether anchors are easy to find, but some of the lower anchors are hard to access and difficult to maneuver around.

2017 Lexus NX Hybrid Features

The NX 300h comes standard with a 7-inch infotainment screen, a rearview camera, satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, and Siri Eyes Free connectivity. Available features include a navigation system, wireless charging, and the Enform app suite (iHeartRadio, Pandora, Yelp, and more). The standard audio and climate control buttons are easy to locate and use on the dashboard, and they’re complimented by Lexus’ simple Display Audio infotainment system. The 7-inch screen is controlled using a rotary dial on the center console. Models with the optional navigation system get Lexus’ Remote Touch interface, however, which isn’t as user-friendly. It replaces the dial with a touch pad, and you operate the system using your finger like a computer’s mouse. It’s distracting to use while driving.

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2017 Lexus NX Hybrid Dimensions

Lexus NX Hybrid Cargo Space

The NX 300h has 16.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, and 53.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. That’s rather small for the luxury compact SUV class.

2017 NX Hybrid Length and Weight

The Lexus NX 300h is 15.2 feet long and has a curb weight of 4,180 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Lexus NX Hybrid Built?

The Lexus NX 300h was built in Kyushu, Japan.


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