The 2018 Lexus NX 300 earlier known as the NX 200t, as a small luxury crossover looks quite similar to the RX 350 and it successfully provides a comfortable around-the-town ride. The features installed makes it competitive in its class and provides a strong support for the popularity it has earned. Here is a brief account on those features that make the 2018 LEXUS NX 300 a good buy.

What’s New For 2018

As revealed by the Kearny Mesa Lexus dealer, Lexus renamed its NX model from 200t to NX 300 for the year 2018. Mechanically, not much has changed except for adaptive suspension dampers but it has received a new package of Safety System that includes a front collision mitigation, high-beam assist and adaptive cruise control lane departure alert, as standard equipment this year. The NX 300 gains an updated infotainment system as well with a bigger display for its F Sport trim models.

The Powertrain

The 2018 NX 300 runs on a 2.0-litre turbo-four aluminum block engine with both port-and direct-injection mated with a six-speed automatic transmission that can easily make a 235 horsepower and a torque of 258 lb.-ft. at 1,650 rpm. That remains noticeably quiet even at higher speed as a standard all-wheel-drive.

The Exterior

The 2018 NX 300 from Lexus has an angular design and sharp creases dominated by a “spindle” grille that is larger than its last year, making it stand above the crowd. There is new air intake in the front, LED headlights and taillights with a new design, a fresh wheel with a recontoured rear bumper. The crossover sedan from Lexus, brings a brave style with a sense of completeness. While the elegant interior is decked with quality material, a logically placed center console made all the controls active and accessible. The sunroof is a special feature you get as an option.

Interior Convenience and Infotainment

The cabin of the 2018 NX 300 is the storehouse of the rest of the goodies especially in the F Sport package. The new infotainment system now is equipped with a bigger display, and a 30 per cent larger Remote Touch Interface touchpad. The heads-up display is sophisticated to look at, while the heated steering wheel and auto dim exterior mirrors add to the glory. Convenience features on the other hand include an upgraded audio system, GPS navigation, a 120-volt outlet, wireless phone charging, a power liftgate, and memory mirror and more.

Safety Features

The Kearny Mesa Lexus dealer experts say that the renaming of NX 300 for 2018 is indicative of some change either in looks or in utility. As the looks got better with a redesign, the car value got increased by the introduction of new safety features like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, front and rear parking assist, lane departure alert, full LED lighting, a pre-collision alert system, rain sensing wipers front collision mitigation, high-beam assist and adaptive cruise control.

The Bottom Line

The all-new 2018 Lexus NX 300 is seen to accumulate a growing crowd that is smitten by the luxury it offers, and the perfect balance it maintains between sporty performance, comfort and quality.

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