2017 Lexus NX

2017 Lexus NX

Overview: In our crossover-crazed times, there is no shortage of choices among compact SUVs, including those with a luxury bent. The NX is both a cost-effective and trendy path to Lexus ownership, and it’s proving to be a popular entry in the brand’s lineup. In 2016, 54,884 NX crossovers were sold in the U.S., roughly half the sales of its more established and larger stablemate, the RX, but 17,595 more than Lexus’s smallest sedan, the IS.

Lexus offers two versions of its littlest ute. The NX200t is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four making 235 horsepower. Its 258 lb-ft of torque routes through a six-speed automatic to either the front wheels or, as in the car we drove for this review, all four. For buyers seeking a bit more attitude, an F Sport model adds a sport-tuned suspension, a more aggressive grille, sport seats, and a g-force meter in the driver’s information display. The NX300h model is the sole hybrid offering among luxury-subcompact crossovers and uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, two electric motors, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) to deliver a combined 194 horsepower.

What’s New: Lexus introduced the NX for the 2015 model year and has endowed it with only a few changes for 2017. Most notably, the front-wheel-drive NX300hhas been dropped from the lineup, making all-wheel drive standard equipment for gas-electric models. A new 18-inch wheel design adds a bit of optional exterior appeal for NX200t and NX300h models while two new colors—Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0 and Molten Pearl—are available for the NX200t F Sport. The NX200t is now also known as the NX Turbo, a naming adjustment that has been applied elsewhere in the Lexus lineup, too. For versions not equipped with the optional in-dash navigation system, the NX now features Scout GPS Link as standard. The software projects turn-by-turn directions from a compatible smartphone to the 7.0-inch dashtop infotainment display.

What We Like: Where the NX shines is in its ride comfort and cabin refinement, two categories that helped it snag a second-place finish in our latest comparison test. When compared with rivals such as the BMW X1 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA250, the Lexus offers the most comfortable seats in both the front and rear; in the context of the BMW’s firm, uncontoured, and unsupportive seats, the NX’s standard buckets are revelatory. The sport seats in the F Sport model add even more supportive bolstering, and this upgrade alone may be worth the $2100 price premium over the base model. Acceleration from the NX200t’s turbo four is adequate, and power delivery is relaxed and linear. The six-speed automatic provides seamless gearchanges. The NX300h, while perhaps not much more thrifty than the nonhybrid X1 and GLA, still offers measurably better fuel economy than the base car.

What We Don’t Like: The trade-off for the pillowy ride, SUV-like ride height, and easygoing powertrain is ho-hum performance and dynamic ability. In the aforementioned comparison test, an all-wheel-drive 2016 NX200t F Sport proved that it can’t hang with the Mercedes or the BMW. It circled the same 300-foot skidpad at 0.76 g, whereas the BMW X1 managed 0.86 g. In our acceleration testing, the NX200t needed 7.1 seconds to run from zero to 60 mph, a full second more than the Mercedes GLA250 4MATIC. The all-wheel-drive NX300h we testedwas slower still, managing zero to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds. Enthusiast drivers simply will not be satisfied. And despite its luxurious interior, the NX suffers from one major ergonomic misstep: the infotainment screen’s infuriating touchpad. Located on the center console, it’s the primary way to interact with the system (voice commands work for some functions), but it’s imprecise and difficult to use on the go.

Specifications

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est – Hwy : MPG 28
Cruising Range – City : mi 349.80
EPA Fuel Economy Est – City : MPG 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined : MPG 25
Cruising Range – Hwy : mi 445.20
EPA MPG Equivalent – City : N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent – Hwy : N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent – Combined : N/A

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx : gal 15.9
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx : gal N/A

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 : in N/A
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 : in N/A
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 : in N/A
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline : in N/A
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings : in N/A
Cargo Box (Area) Height : in N/A
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 : ft³ 54.6
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 : ft³ 17.7
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 : ft³ 17.7

Brakes

Brake Type : N/A
Brake ABS System : 4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line) : N/A
Disc – Front (Yes or ) : Yes
Disc – Rear (Yes or ) : Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness : in 11.7
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness : in 11.2
Drum – Rear (Yes or ) :
Rear Drum Diam x Width : in

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year : 7.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score : N/A

Transmission

Drivetrain : Front Wheel Drive
Trans Order Code :
Trans Type : 6
Trans Description Cont. : Automatic w/OD
Trans Description Cont. Again :
First Gear Ratio (:1) : 3.30
Second Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.90
Third Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.42
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.00
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) : 0.71
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) : 0.61
Reverse Ratio (:1) : 4.15
Clutch Size : in N/A
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) : 4.12
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High : N/A
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low : N/A

Vehicle

EPA Classification : Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD

Interior Dimensions

Passenger Capacity : 5
Passenger Volume : ft³ 71.6
Front Head Room : in 38.2
Front Leg Room : in 42.8
Front Shoulder Room : in 57.3
Front Hip Room : in 55.1
Second Head Room : in 38.1
Second Leg Room : in 36.1
Second Shoulder Room : in 55.3
Second Hip Room : in 53.9

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight : lbs 3940
Curb Weight – Front : lbs N/A
Curb Weight – Rear : lbs N/A
Maximum Payload Capacity : lbs N/A
Curb Weight : lbs N/A
Total Option Weight : lbs 0.00

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. : lbs 2000
Dead Weight Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. : lbs 200
Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. : lbs 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. : lbs 200
Maximum Trailering Capacity : lbs 2000

Engine

Engine Order Code :
Engine Type : Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Displacement : 2.0 L/122
Fuel System : Port/Direct Injection
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM : 235 @ 4800
SAE Net Torque @ RPM : 258 @ 1650

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) : 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) : N/A

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity : qts N/A

Suspension

Suspension Type – Front : Strut
Suspension Type – Rear : Double Wishbone
Suspension Type – Front (Cont.) : Strut
Suspension Type – Rear (Cont.) : Double Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter – Front : mm N/A
Shock Absorber Diameter – Rear : mm N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter – Front : in N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter – Rear : in N/A

Tires

Front Tire Order Code :
Rear Tire Order Code :
Spare Tire Order Code :
Front Tire Size : P225/60HR18
Rear Tire Size : P225/60HR18
Spare Tire Size : Compact

Wheels

Front Wheel Size : in 18 X 7.5
Rear Wheel Size : in 18 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size : in Compact
Front Wheel Material : Aluminum
Rear Wheel Material : Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material : Steel

Steering

Steering Type : Rack-Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall : N/A
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) : N/A
Turning Diameter – Curb to Curb : ft 39.8
Turning Diameter – Wall to Wall : ft N/A

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase : in 104.7
Length, Overall : in 182.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors : in 73.6
Height, Overall : in 64.8
Track Width, Front : in 61.8
Track Width, Rear : in 61.8
Min Ground Clearance : in 6.9
Rear Door Opening Height : in N/A
Rear Door Opening Width : in N/A
Liftover Height : in N/A

Features

MECHANICAL

Engine: 2.0L 16V DOHC 4-Cylinder w/VVT-iW -inc: twin-scroll turbocharger w/intercooler
Transmission: 6-Speed Multi-Mode Auto -inc: electronically controlled transmission w/intelligence (ECT-i)
4.117 Axle Ratio
GVWR: 5,090 lbs
Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode, Sequential Shift Control w/Steering Wheel Controls and Oil Cooler
Front-Wheel Drive
550CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
Sport Tuned Suspension
Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
15.9 Gal. Fuel Tank
Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
Double Wishbone Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Electric Parking Brake
Mechanical Limited Slip Differential

EXTERIOR

Wheels: 18″ x 7.5J
Tires: P225/60R18 All-Season
Steel Spare Wheel
Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
Clearcoat Paint
Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
Unique Front Bumper w/Mesh Grille Insert
Black Wheel Well Trim
Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
Body-Colored Door Handles
Black Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
Deep Tinted Glass
Variable Intermittent Wipers
Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
Lip Spoiler
Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
F Sport Badging Side and Rear
Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
Roof Rack Rails Only
Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low Beam Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
Perimeter/Approach Lights
LED Brakelights
High Clearance Lamp
Front Fog & Driving Lamp
Front & Rear Performance Rods
F Sport Door Scuff Plates

ENTERTAINMENT

Radio: AM/FM/CD Lexus Display Audio -inc: 8 speakers, Bluetooth audio streaming from compatible devices and hands free, full digital power amplifier (class D), integrated SiriusXM Satellite Radio receiver (90-day All-Access trial subscription included), USB/iPod control, home screen can be divided into 1-3 sections (customizable – HVAC, audio, navigation), 7″ screen, 3D maps, 3D buildings, my traffic routes, speed limit display on road travelled, ETA calculation improved, traffic detour preview, predictive traffic, MID data sharing, voice recognition, one-shot address entry, steering wheel control of onboard/offboard voice recognition, voice recognition guidance level, hint screens, Cache Radio w/ability to pause live AM/FM/HD Radio, hybrid data service, traffic and weather data provided via HD Radio (free while in HD Radio range), basic traffic maps, weather forecast and Siri Eyes Free mode (iPhone 4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S)
Radio w/Seek-Scan, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
Digital Signal Processor
Integrated Roof Antenna
Active Sound Control

INTERIOR

Deeply Bolstered Sport Front Bucket Seats -inc: 10-way power driver’s and 8-way power front passenger’s seats w/fore-aft slide, fore-aft recline, front vertical height, rear vertical height and power lumbar support (driver’s seat only)
60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Oil Pressure, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Oil Temperature, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
Leather Steering Wheel
Front Cupholder
Rear Cupholder
Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
Valet Function
Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
Illuminated Locking Glove Box
Driver Foot Rest
Leatherette Door Trim Insert
Interior Trim -inc: Leatherette Upholstered Dashboard
Full
F Sport NuLuxe Seat Trim w/Contrast Stitching
Unique Gear Shift
Black Headliner
Metallic Sport Trim
Aluminum Pedals & Foot Rest
Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination, Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
Front Map Lights
Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
Carpet Floor Trim
Cargo Area Concealed Storage
Folding Cargo Cover
Cargo Features -inc: Cargo Tray/Organizer
Cargo Space Lights
Tracker System
Instrument Panel Bin, Driver And Passenger Door Bins
Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
Delayed Accessory Power
Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
Trip Computer
Outside Temp Gauge
Analog Display
Turbo Boost Gauge and G-Meter
Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage
2 Seatback Storage Pockets
Perimeter Alarm
Engine Immobilizer
2 12V DC Power Outlets
Air Filtration

SAFETY

Electronic 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 S.O.S
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 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
Back-Up Camera

The 2017 Lexus NX ranks 7 out of 14 Luxury Compact SUVs.

The 2017 Lexus NX 200t is a solid luxury compact SUV with a price that’s lower than many of its competitors. The NX deserves a look from shoppers who want a value-oriented and well-rounded daily driver or family car. 

LEATHER-TRIMMED HEATED STEERING WHEEL AND LEATHER-TRIMMED SHIFT KNOB

Combining exquisite craftsmanship with exceptional comfort, the interior features a leather-trimmed shift knob and steering wheel trimmed in hand-selected leather. For added indulgence, the steering wheel also includes a heating element that continually monitors and adjusts the heating level to maintain a set temperature.
OPTIONAL ON: NX 300h, NX TURBO

 

LEXUS ENFORM SAFETY CONNECT

Lexus Enform Safety Connect offers you the peace of mind of knowing that Roadside Assistance* will be there when you need it most. Whether you’re involved in a collision and unable to call for help, your vehicle is stolen, or there is any other type of emergency, assistance can be sent directly to your vehicle’s GPS location. Lexus Enform Safety Connect is complimentary for the first year of ownership.
STANDARD ON: NX TURBO F SPORT, NX 300h, NX TURBO
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