Buyers have been chasing after compact luxury crossovers for several years now, and Lexus has been missing out on all the fun and profits until now. The all-new NX 200t is a spunky five-passenger alternative to family-style crossovers that delivers the top-notch interior refinement and overall smoothness of larger (and more expensive) Lexus vehicles.
What's New for 2015
The NX 200t is a brand new addition to the Lexus line.
Choosing Your Lexus NX 200t
The NX 200t looks very much like the younger, hipper brother of the brand's midsize RX. Its angular lines and tasteful bulges effectively distinguish the NX from the crowd of non-luxury crossovers of similar size. Inside, you'll find plenty of high-quality materials and an impressive amount of rear legroom for this class.
Power comes from 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 235 horsepower and delivers 24 mpg in combined driving. You have choice of front- or all-wheel drive, and all models carry a six-speed automatic transmission. A selectable driving mode system and 17-inch alloy wheels complete the mechanical setup.
The NX 200t starts out with a NuLuxe (premium vinyl) interior with power front seats and a split-folding reclining rear seat. Standard amenities include keyless ignition, Bluetooth phone and audio, numerous integrated smartphone apps, and an eight-speaker sound system with HD and satellite radio. The headlamps, foglamps and running lights are all LED.
The F Sport package piles on a host of performance upgrades, including a sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters, specific 18-inch wheels, summer performance tires and additional gauges. You also get sportier trim throughout and enhanced engine sounds.
The available Comfort package adds a power-adjustable steering wheel and driver memory functions. The Premium package includes those features, plus 18-inch wheels, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, heated and ventilated front seats and a sunroof. The Luxury package tops off the NX with leather upholstery, wood interior trim, a heated steering wheel, a power liftgate, automatic wipers, a tow package and an optional power-folding rear seat. Some of these contents are available as individual options.
The Navigation package includes a navigation system, two additional speakers, an upgraded infotainment control interface and an expanded suite of smartphone apps. Available safety technology includes front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control with automatic braking.
Because it's a Lexus, the NX 200t doesn't feel complete without the leather and wood interior offered in the Luxury package. We rate it as the most essential upgrade.