2015 Lexus NX Review

2015 Lexus NX 200t photo
  1. Original MSRP$34,480 - $37,980
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)22/28 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesCrossover

2015 Lexus NX Review

Overview
  • Overview
  • Specs
  • Safety
2015 Lexus NX 200t photo
  1. Original MSRP$34,480 - $37,980
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)22/28 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesCrossover
CARFAX RatingsOverall Rating
Exterior
Interior
Performance
Technology
Value

Overview

By Matt Keegan (Last Updated 12/11/2017)

The 2015 Lexus NX 200t is an all-new model and the smallest of four sport utility vehicles sold by Lexus. This compact SUV is available in NX 200t and NX 200t F Sport editions, and is also sold as a NX 300h hybrid. The 2015 NX 200t is the first turbocharged Lexus vehicle.

Lexus has once again added a utility vehicle to its fleet, by introducing the 2015 NX 200t. This compact model seats fives, offers a standard turbocharged engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, and provides a futuristic interior.

Exterior

There is nothing tame about the NX 200t’s countenance. Lexus’ designers looked for every possible way to accentuate this crossover’s styling by incorporating deep grooves, chiseled accents, a sculpted front fascia and distinctive profile characteristics. The front fascia is dominated by an hourglass grille, striking LED headlamps and swoosh-like daytime running lights. It makes for a look that is both menacing and opulent.

The NX 200t’s profile evokes a moving sensation with its high-arched wheel wells, sweptback roof line, and its scalloped profile characteristics. 

To the rear is a spoiler, wraparound boomerang-shaped taillights, a diffuser and dual chrome exhaust ports. Color-keyed side mirrors, blacked-out trim and chrome surrounds complete this model’s idiosyncratic look.

Interior

Inasmuch as the exterior offers a futuristic expression, that theme is advanced into the interior. Lexus’ designers pulled out all the stops to present a cabin that is expressive, vibrant and posh. Build quality is first-rate with soft touch materials found everywhere. Contrast stitching neatly accents the dashboard, a theme that is found around the steering wheel, the transmission shifter, encompassing the center console and on each door. Metal is widely used on door inlays, around the center console, and surrounding buttons, vents and speakers. Choose the F Sport edition and metal pedals as well as badging are included.

The front seats are generously bolstered and offer 10-way adjustment, including lumbar support. To the rear is a 60/40 split-folding seat that power folds and reclines. The seating material has the look and feel of leather, but is composed of NuLuxe, delineating synthetic material that weighs half as much as leather and offers similar breathing capabilities. It’s a sophisticated look that is certain to please anyone who is environmentally and animal conscientious.

The crossover’s instrument panel is comprised of larger tachometer and speedometer displays as well as smaller oil pressure and gas gauge displays, which offset a digital driver’s information center. The center stack is tightly arranged with a display screen fixed to the top of the dash with climate control, seat heating and cooling switches and an analog clock immediately below. Next in line are the audio controls, a knob and screen system that will take some getting used to. Also present is a laptop-like touchpad for controlling the system.

To the rear, seating is for three, but best utilized by two. Legroom is satisfactory for this segment, but hip room can be tight, especially when three adults are present. The 60/40 seat extends the limited cargo area as needed.

The NX 200t comes with many convenience features, including a front center console with a storage bin, power outlets front and rear, cup holders front and rear, and a fold and stow tonneau cover. Dual-zone climate control is standard as are front seatback pockets, an illuminated locking glove box, foot lights, front and rear map lights, a cargo area light, and rear air-conditioning vents.

The standard audio system is comprised of AM/FM/HD Radio, Bluetooth streaming, a CD player, eight speakers, and a trial SiriusXM satellite radio subscription.

Performance

Following years of customer inquiries and much speculation, Lexus has at last taken the wraps off its first turbocharged engine and it is a stellar one. This 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder engine makes 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of twist, benefitting from a low and long torque curve ranging from 1,650 to 4,000 rpm. The twin-scroll engine utilizes both direction injection and port fuel injection with minimal turbo lag noted.

The NX 200t takes premium grade gasoline only. It is rated at 22 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Lexus pairs this engine with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Technology

Technology mavens will be drawn to the Lexus NX 200t. The model’s remote touchpad provides ease of access to the climate control system, multimedia and other functions by means of pinching, swiping and flicking gestures, just as you do with your smartphone. While offering smartphone comparable familiarity, it is designed to mollify distracted driving concerns as drivers keep one hand on the steering wheel and their eyes on the road.

The available wireless charger should please anyone who has been frustrated by in-cabin connectivity. Specifically, this optional feature is located in the center-console box. An indicator light informs you when your smartphone is recharged. It is available across the model line.

Other stand out technology features include: Siri Eyes Free, a voice activated navigation system, and the Lexus Enform App Suite. The app suite is incorporated with the seven-inch multimedia display located at the top of the center stack on the dashboard. Each colorful app stands out on the display’s black background.

Safety

For its first model year, the Lexus NX 200t received the highest safety rating possible from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS bestowed its Top Safety Pick+ rating on the 2015 NX 200t for achieving top scores in all crashworthiness categories. Further, it recognized the NX 200t’s available front crash prevention system in mitigating certain types of accidents.

The 2015 Lexus NX 200t comes loaded with safety equipment and makes additional safety features available. 

All models are outfitted with eight air bags, including driver and front passenger knee air bags. In addition, this model comes with anti-lock brakes, stability control, traction control, brake assist and whiplash injury mitigating front seats.

Also, shoppers can select lane departure assist, a pre-collision system with dynamic radar cruise control and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert. Further, every model comes with a backup camera with dynamic gridlines.

Cost-Effectiveness

Lexus prices the NX 200t from $34,480 for the standard model with front-wheel drive. That price point is in line with competing vehicles from Lincoln and Audi. Add $1,400 to the base price to get all-wheel drive.

The F Sport edition is priced from $36,580 and brings in paddle shifters, a sport-tuned suspension and styling enhancements. Fully optioned, an all-wheel drive model will cost about $40,000. A similarly equipped hybrid variant is priced about $5,000 above the base edition.

Overall

Lexus provides several gateway models to the brand, including its NX 200t crossover. Its sharp exterior, futuristic interior and available F Sport edition should draw customers desiring to transition to a luxury brand. Moreover, Lexus quality and craftsmanship are always significant drawing cards and with a brand-first turbocharger standard, there is no reason not to consider this model.

Specs & Features

exterior

  • Available colors

  • Atomic Silver
  • Matador Red Mica
  • Fire Agate Pearl
  • Nebula Gray Pearl
  • Meteor Blue Mica
  • Eminent White Pearl
  • Obsidian
  • Silver Lining Metallic
  • Body style

  • Crossover
  • Wheel and tire type

  • Wheel Diameter: 17.0 X 7.0 Inches
  • Tire Type: 225/65r17 102h
  • Available exterior features

  • Rear Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Mirror Color: Body-color
  • Rear Spoiler: Roofline
  • Exhaust Tip Color: Chrome
  • Rear Spoiler Color: Body-color
  • Exhaust: Dual Tip
  • Grille Color: Black/Chrome Surround
  • Window Trim: Chrome
  • Front Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Door Handle Color: Body-color
  • Dimensions

  • Width Without Mirrors: 73.6 Inches
  • Ground Clearance: 6.9 Inches
  • Angle Of Approach: 28.7 Degrees
  • Width: 83.9 Inches
  • Length: 182.3 Inches
  • Height: 64.8 Inches
  • Wheelbase: 104.7 Inches
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 5090 Pounds
  • Rear Track Width: 62.2 Inches
  • Curb Weight: 3940 Pounds
  • Angle Of Departure: 24 Degrees
  • Front Track Width: 62.2 Inches

interior

  • Comfort/convenience features

  • Rear Vents: Second Row
  • Armrests: Rear Center With Cupholders/Rear Folding
  • Air Filtration
  • Floor Mats: Front/Rear
  • Power Locks: Auto-locking
  • Shift Knob Trim: Leather
  • Front Air Conditioning: Automatic Climate Control
  • Steering Wheel Trim: Leather
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones: Dual
  • Floor Material: Carpet
  • Floor Mat Material: Carpet
  • Telematics systems

  • Electronic Messaging Assistance: Voice Operated/With Read Function
  • Satellite Communications: Voice Guided Directions
  • Wireless Data Link: Bluetooth
  • Entertainment

  • Radio Data System
  • Auxiliary Audio Input: Bluetooth/USB/IPod/iPhone/Jack
  • In-Dash CD: MP3 Playback/Single Disc
  • Total Speakers: 8
  • Satellite Radio: SiriusXM
  • Antenna Type: Diversity/Mast
  • Speed Sensitive Volume Control
  • Radio: AM/FM/HD Radio/Voice Operated
  • Infotainment: Enform
  • Seats

  • 10-Way Power Driver Seat Adjustments
  • Bucket Front Seats
  • 8-Way Power Passenger Seat Adjustments
  • Split-Folding Rear Seat
  • Adjustable Rear Seats
  • 60-40 Split Rear Seat
  • Upholstery: Leatherette
  • Dimensions

  • Max Seating: 5
  • Front Hip Room: 55.1 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room: 57.3 Inches
  • Rear Hip Room: 53.9 Inches
  • Rear Legroom: 36.1 Inches
  • Cargo Volume All Rear Seats Down: 54.6 Cubic Feet
  • Front Legroom: 42.8 Inches
  • Front Headroom: 38.2 Inches
  • Rear Headroom: 38.1 Inches
  • Standard Seating: 5
  • Seating Rows: 2
  • Cargo Volume: 17.7 Cubic Feet
  • Rear Shoulder Room: 55.3 Inches

mechanical

  • Drivetrain

  • Axle Ratio: 3.89
  • Drive Mode Selector
  • Fuel Economy

  • Fuel Type: Gasoline
  • City (MPG): 22
  • Highway (MPG): 28
  • Combined (MPG): 25
  • Engine

  • Engine Type: 4 Cylinders
  • Displacement(liters): 2.0
  • Horsepower: 235
  • Torque: 258
  • Towing Capacity

  • Maximum Towing Capacity: 2000 Pounds
  • Transmission

  • Transmission Type: 6-speed Shiftable Automatic
  • Type: A
  • Gears: 6
  • Performance Specifications

  • Acceleration (0-60MPH): 7.2
  • Aerodynamic Drag: 0.34
  • Turning Circle: 39.8
  • Suspension

  • Rear Suspension Type: Multi-link
  • Front Suspension Type: Lower Control Arms
  • Rear Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Shock Type: Gas
  • Rear Spring Type: Coil
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Rear Shock Type: Gas
  • Front Spring Type: Coil
  • Front Struts: MacPherson

warranties

  • Warranty information

  • New Car Basic Warranty: 48 Months/50,000 Miles
  • Powertrain: Drivetrain/Powertrain: 72 Months/70,000 Miles
  • Corrosion Perforation: Rust: 72 Months

Safety

NHTSA Ratings

  1. Overall Rating

  2. Frontal Crash

  3. Side Crash

  4. Rollover

Safety Features

  1. Child Safety Door Locks
  2. Electronic Stability Control: Standard
  3. Energy Absorbing Steering Column
  4. Rearview Monitor: in Dash
  5. Side Impact Airbags: Standard
  6. Child Seat Anchors: LATCH System
  7. Crumple Zones: Front/rear
  8. Camera System: Rearview
  9. Body Side Reinforcements: Side Impact Door Beams
  10. Anti-lock Brakes Four Wheel: Standard
  11. Front Driver Airbags: Standard
  12. Impact Sensor: Door Unlock
  13. Daytime Running Lights: Standard
  14. Rollover Stability Control: Not Available
  15. Front Passenger Airbags: Standard
  16. Anti-lock Brakes Two Wheel: Not Available
  17. Brake Assist: Standard
  18. Side Curtain Airbags: Standard

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