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Compare 2020 Lexus NX 300 vs. 2020 Honda Passport

2020 Lexus NX 300 vs 2020 Honda Passport
2020 Lexus NX 300 2020 Honda Passport
Drivetrain Warranty
  6 yr./70,000 mi. 5 yr./60,000 mi.
MPG (City/Highway) *
  22/28 20/25
Front Leg Room
  42.8 in. 40.9 in.

2020 Lexus NX 300 vs 2020 Honda Passport

Serving Chicago, IL

Lexus is known for its near-luxury models, and the compact NX 300 SUV is indeed luxurious. It stands apart from most other five-seaters in the areas of interior refinement and standard convenience features. The newly introduced Honda Passport, which is essentially a shorter version of the Pilot model, is competitively priced and offers robust engine power. Below, further comparison between the 2020 Lexus NX 300 and 2020 Honda Passport details some of the essential feature differences.


The 2020 Lexus NX 300 is offered in only two trims, but this makes the buying decision a bit easier. The top trim is the F-Sport version, but it differs from the base NX primarily in the exterior features and overall appearance. The NX 300 base trim comes with simulated leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, keyless entry and ignition, and a sound-dampening system that includes lots of padding within the cabin walls. The cargo area won't beat out rival models, but the front and rear seating areas are enormous, with plenty of legroom and headroom for the tallest of passengers. The 2020 Honda Passport boasts a vast cargo bay, but this limits the seating room. The base trim has a 60/40-split rear bench seat that some passengers might find a bit uncomfortable. Also, the upholstery is of average quality only. There's a steep price increase to the next trim level, but buyers will have to pay this price to get leather seating or power-adjustable seats.

High-Tech & Safety

The Lexus NX 300 comes with a long list of standard high-tech features. These include an 8-inch screen display, an eight-speaker audio system, a remote touchpad interface, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa compatibility, and a long list of driver aids. Lane departure warning and mitigation, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control are all standard. Some optional features include a panoramic view monitor and a high-quality, 14-speaker Mark Levinson sound system. Navigation is also available and includes quite reliable real-time traffic info. Another option is the inclusion of rear cross-traffic alert. The voice controls work quite well. The 2020 Honda Passport base trim comes with a rather small, 5-inch screen display, and the sound system is a bit below average quality. The more expensive EX-L trim must be purchased to get the full-size screen display, and smartphone app integration is conspicuously missing on the base trim.

Package Options

Although the 2020 Lexus NX 300 is offered in only two trims, the buyer has plenty of customization choices. There's the Comfort package, Premium package, and Navigation package. Also, keep in mind that the F-Sport version is much like a package deal in itself because it adds on a rear spoiler, a sport-tuned suspension system, and unique exterior styling elements. The 2020 Honda Passport can be purchased with a few stand-alone options, but there are no package deals offered, and only the range-topping Elite trim comes standard with such niceties as a heated steering wheel and wireless phone charging.

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* 2020 Lexus NX 300 (FWD) EPA 22/city, 28/hwy, 25/comb MPG estimates. Actual mileage will vary.