Can a Lexus NX Tow a Popup Camper or Travel Trailer?

The Lexus NX can tow 2000 lbs which put it neatly in the category of light to moderate loads. For context, this SUV is great for a family or a bachelor trying to tow around loads that fall in similar categories like a small teardrop camper to the lake or cycles, scooters, and ATVs when you want to get outdoorsy with it.


The NXh is the hybrid version which can pull 1500 lbs.


Lexus NX – Engine Options

You have a total of 3 powertrains when it comes to engine options with the Lexus NX.


  1. NX 200t/300

This one is powered by a 2.0 liter 8AR-FTS turbocharged four-cylinder engine that takes fuel via direct injection. This one can run on both Otto and Atkinson cycles. This direct injection 4-stroke engine has superior thermal efficiency and features a 6-speed automatic transmission gear system. The engine can produce 235 hp at 4800-5600 rpm and 350 Nm at 1650 to 4000 rpm.

  1. NX 300h

This engine is a 2.5 liter 2AR-FXE build combined with an electric motor and CVT that generates a combined power of 194 hp or 145 kW. The power output is 154 hp at 5700 rpm and the torque generated is 206 Nm at 4400 rpm.

  1. NX 200

NX 200 is a 2.0 liter 3ZR-FAE engine that is naturally aspirated with 4 cylinders producing 150 hp. This one is available in Russian markets.


Towing with the Lexus NX:

When you first look at this Sports Utility Vehicle, you may be drawn towards its luxurious interior and looks. But make no mistake as this vehicle is more than capable of towing. It does not come accompanied by a towing hook as you will have to get that separately.

Customers are often recommended not to tow but if done carefully, you can tow a lot without damaging the vehicle. You should drive the vehicle at least 600 to 800 miles before starting towing with it as it will allow the engine to smoothly break in and will also enable the transmission, braking systems, and all cylinders to become more accustomed to being driven on a daily commute. After this, you can start towing!


The Lexus NX is no exception to that rule as this compact luxury crossover SUV belongs to the luxury division of Toyota. The SUV was introduced in late 2014 as an all-new standalone entry-level SUV that did not replace any other model and slots right below the mid-size RX crossover. The name “NX” stands for Nimble Crossover.

The company does not cover any damage due to towing so keep that in mind.


Our final thoughts on the Lexus NX is that it’s a great SUV that can satisfy your towing needs without causing problems. When done correctly, this vehicle can tow moderate loads and make your life a lot easier. You can easily tow around camping accessories like power generators and tents and small campers without any issues whatsoever.