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We drive the Lexus NX300 F Sport

by Ali Arsham
Saturday, July 21, 2018


Lexus NX300 F Sport
Lexus NX300 F Sport
SUVs these days come in all different sizes and shapes.  Manufacturers are starting to come out with SUVs that are basically cars but they give them an SUV shape because they know that it would sell better. The Lexus NX300 is one of those vehicles that reminds one of a car more than an SUV. Lexus says that it offers a raised driving position with a cockpit that “evokes a sporty driving experience with new features to complement a busy lifestyle.”

The cockpit of the NX300 is indeed sporty looking and our F Sport model added full length illuminated needles as well as sport seats with more aggressive bolsters.

The driver grips a perforated leather F Sport steering wheel and brushed metallic gearshift.  The F Sport’s unique instrumentation was inspired by the Lexus LFA supercar. The driver can view real-time performance with the Lexus-first G-Force meter in the Multi Information Display (MID). The display moves in response to the vehicle’s lateral and longitudinal forces.

The MID displays the peak force in each direction. Display bars indicate the steering angle, throttle opening angle and brake pressure. The MID also provides a turbo-boost display. It is a little bit of a toy in a car that is really not made for doing track days but it is perfect for the buyers of this car so that they can show off to their friends.

The NX300 F Sport is a fine automobile. But a real enthusiast would never look at it as a track car. The 8AR-FTS four cylinder engine uses a twin scroll turbo to put out 235 hp from 2.0 liters of displacement. With 4000 pounds to move around, the NX goes from 0-60 in 7.0 seconds and has a top speed of 124 mph.

Those are not lap record numbers but the thing about the NX is that it doesn’t really matter. It is not super-fast but it feels just fine in everyday driving and unless you decide to drag race a Mustang, the NX buyer will not really care.  The NX will also get decent fuel economy with EPA ratings of 22 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the freeway. The NX will cost you a bit at the pump though since it requires 91 octane fuel.

The foundation for a vehicle’s handling agility and ride comfort is a highly rigid body structure and the NX makes extensive use of hot-stamped high tensile steel along with aluminum. The NX uses MacPherson strut front suspension and a trailing arm double wishbone rear suspension that helps improve handling and ride comfort.

Taking input from various sensors (vehicle speed, steering speed and angle, throttle angle and yaw rate), the four wheel drive system continuously monitors and actively governs torque distribution to the rear wheels, as needed, via an electromagnetically controlled coupling in the rear differential. Under most normal driving conditions, the system operates in front-wheel drive mode and can send up to 50 percent of available torque to the rear wheels when extra traction is needed.

The NX300 F Sport revs things up with sportier styling and improved handling performance and sound. The F Sport package includes a unique honeycomb front end with a more aggressive grille, optional LED headlights and a revised lower bumper. The F Sport even comes 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 interior is typical Lexus - everything is first rate
The interior is typical Lexus - everything is first rate
The NX300 comes with a lot of gimmicks but unfortunately most cars these days have to come with similar features because most buyers want them.  In this case, it really does not detract from the driving experience because the F Sport is actually quite fun to drive.  It enjoys being tossed around up to about 8/10ths which is perfect.  The interior is typical Lexus and everything is first rate.

The NX300 F Sport is a great vehicle for someone who wants some sportiness added to their daily driver. It come with enough gadgets to keep most buyers happy and to be able to show off to their neighbors.

The best part about the F Sport is the price.  The F Sport costs you just under $40,000 and that is pretty much fully loaded.  That is actually quite a bargain considering the amount of features in the NX.  So, hurry to your Lexus dealer before they figure out that they can charge more.


Gas Mileage22 mpg City/27 mpg Hwy
EngineIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L
EPA ClassSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Style NameAWD
DrivetrainAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity5
Passenger Doors4
Body StyleSport Utility
TransmissionTransmission: 6-Speed Multi-Mode Auto -inc: electronically controlled transmission w/intelligence (ECT-i)


EPA ClassificationSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)4050
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)42.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)55.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)71.6
Second Head Room (in)38.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)57.3
Second Hip Room (in)53.9
Front Head Room (in)38.2
Second Leg Room (in)36.1
Passenger Capacity5
Front Hip Room (in)55.1
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)64.8
Length, Overall (in)182.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)6.9
Track Width, Front (in)61.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)73.6
Wheelbase (in)104.7
Track Width, Rear (in)61.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)17.7
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)17.7
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)54.6

Fuel Economy

Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)15.9
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)27
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)24

Performance Specs

Fuel SystemPort/Direct Injection
Engine TypeIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM235 @ 4800
Displacement2.0 L/122
Engine Order CodeNA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM258 @ 1650
Trans Description Cont.Automatic w/OD
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)1.00
Trans Order CodeNA
Second Gear Ratio (:1)1.90
Reverse Ratio (:1)4.15
Trans Description Cont. AgainNA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)0.71
Trans Type6
Third Gear Ratio (:1)1.42
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)4.12
DrivetrainAll Wheel Drive
First Gear Ratio (:1)3.30
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)0.61
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)11.7
Disc - Front (Yes or )Yes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)11.2
Disc - Rear (Yes or )Yes
Brake ABS System4-Wheel
Drum - Rear (Yes or )NA
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)39.8
Steering TypeRack-Pinion
Front Tire SizeP225/60HR18
Rear Tire Order CodeNA
Rear Tire SizeP225/60HR18
Spare Tire Order CodeNA
Front Tire Order CodeNA
Spare Tire SizeCompact
Front Wheel MaterialAluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)18 X 7.5
Rear Wheel MaterialAluminum
Spare Wheel Size (in)Compact
Front Wheel Size (in)18 X 7.5
Spare Wheel MaterialSteel
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - RearDouble Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)Strut
Suspension Type - FrontStrut

Safety Features

Air Bag-Frontal-DriverYes
Air Bag-Frontal-PassengerYes
Air Bag-Passenger Switch (On/Off)No
Air Bag-Side Body-FrontYes
Air Bag-Side Body-RearNo
Air Bag-Side Head-FrontYes
Air Bag-Side Head-RearYes
Child Safety Rear Door LocksYes
Daytime Running LightsYes
Traction ControlYes
Night VisionNo
Rollover Protection BarsNo
Fog LampsYes
Parking AidNo
Tire Pressure MonitorYes
Back-Up CameraYes
Stability ControlYes
Other FeaturesElectronic Stability Control (ESC)
ABS And Driveline Traction Control
Side Impact Beams
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
Lexus Enform w/Safety Connect Emergency Sos
Forward Collision
Lane Keep Assist Lane Keeping Assist
Lane Keep Assist Lane Departure Warning
Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
Airbag Occupancy Sensor
Driver Knee Airbag and Passenger Cushion Front Airbag
Rear Child Safety Locks
Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3...
Back-Up Camera


Basic Miles/km50,000
Basic Years4
Corrosion Miles/kmUnlimited
Corrosion Years6
Drivetrain Miles/km70,000
Drivetrain Years6
Maintenance Miles/km10,000
Maintenance Years1
Roadside Assistance Miles/kmUnlimited
Roadside Assistance Years4

Other Specs

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)550
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)200
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)2000

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