2015 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: Lexus enters the premium compact SUV market for 2015 with the all-new NX. This aggressively styled crossover 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. Both models are available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive; the 300h’s AWD system uses a separate electric motor to drive the rear wheels when necessary. Offered exclusively 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: $34,480
AWD 200t: $35,880
200t F Sport: $36,580
AWD 200t F Sport: $37,980
300h: $39,720
AWD 300h: $41,310

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)
35
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31

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2015 Lexus NX 200t
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2015 Lexus NX 300h