2017 Lexus NX 200t F Sport

Pros: Peppy acceleration with turbo engine; impressive, high-quality interior; nimble handling, especially with F Sport model; build quality

Cons: Polarizing styling; back seat is tight for large adults; F Sport’s suspension makes for a stiff ride over sharp bumps; some testers dislike the Lexus Remote Touch Interface touchpad controller for the infotainment system

CG Says: The 2017 Lexus NX adds a Scout GPS app. The front-wheel-drive version of the NX 300h hybrid has been dropped this year, leaving only the all-wheel-drive NX 300h. NX is a premium compact crossover SUV that is loosely based on the Toyota RAV4. This five-passenger SUV is available in two versions: the NX 200t, which is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 235 horsepower, and the NX 300h, a hybrid with a 195-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gas/electric powertrain. NX 200t has a six-speed automatic transmission and is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The NX 300h has a CVT transmission and is exclusively all-wheel drive with a system that uses a separate electric motor to drive the rear wheels when necessary. Offered only on 200t models is an F Sport package that adds unique interior and exterior trim and a firmed-up sport suspension. Optional features include a navigation system, park-assist system, heated steering wheel, power-folding and reclining rear seats, power rear liftgate, wireless phone/device charger, sunroof, blind-spot monitor, and a pre-collision system with adaptive cruise control. The NX is a thoroughly impressive entry into a competitive, growing market segment. Its radical styling may be off-putting to some, but NX backs up its ostentatious looks with compelling powertrains, an athletic driving character, and a truly luxurious feel. Pricing is competitive as well.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Lexus
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices 200t: $35,285
AWD 200t: $36,685
200t F Sport: $37,385
AWD 200t F Sport: $38,785
AWD 300h: $39,720

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
235
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27-28

Optional Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder/electric
Horsepower
195
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
33
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30