2018 Lexus NX 300h Offers More Tech, Safety at a Lower Price

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2018 Lexus NX

Lexus makes thousands of dollars in previously optional safety equipment standard for 2018.

Without question, we are in the middle of a proverbial automotive technology gold rush. The speed at which safety and connectivity tech has progressed in recent years is astounding. But while that additional content has generally led to an increase in sticker prices, the 2018 Lexus NX is bucking that trend. Because not only is the compact crossover more feature rich than before, but it does so with a lower base price. At least in regards to the hybrid NX 300h.

For 2018, Lexus Safety System+ becomes standard equipment on every NX model. The suite of active safety features includes high-speed dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert, an intelligent high beam system, and pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection. Previously, adding these options a la carte to the NX cost upwards of $3,000. So their addition as standard equipment obviously adds tremendous value to the NX.

2018 Lexus NX

Even better, the 2018 Lexus NX also comes with ten years of complimentary Lexus Enform Safety Connect. This suite of tech features includes Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, and Stolen Vehicle Notification. The system is also able to send both the owner and dealer alerts when specific factory recommended maintenance items are needed.

2018 Lexus NX

Even better, the 2018 Lexus NX 300h carries a lower base price in spite of these additional features. Prices start at $39,330, which represents a $1,385 decrease from 2017’s base price of $40,715. That’s also a mere $950 more than an AWD 2018 Lexus NX 300 (formerly known as the 200t). The turbo NX now starts at $36,980, which is $700 more than last year. Opting for all wheel drive ups the price to $38,380, and the NX 300 F Sport starts at $39,370.

No matter which NX model you opt for, you’re obviously going to get more for your money. And when you’re competing in the most hottest segment in the automotive world, that can make all the difference in a heated sales war.

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts.

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