Lexus jumped into the small crossover game back in 2015 with its NX 200t, which is closely related to the Toyota RAV4. Now, three model years later, the NX 200t remains a top seller in its class thanks to its styling, capable handling, and premium amenities.

Pricing and Equipment

The Lexus NX 200t starts from $36,260 for its base trim with front-wheel drive. Unlike most automakers, Lexus doesn’t have traditional trim levels – it uses packages instead – so this is the trim we expect most buyers would lean toward. At this price, the NX 200t comes standard with:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • Auto LED headlights
  • Keyless ignition
  • Eight-way power front seats
  • Faux-leather upholstery
  • 7-inch Lexus Display Audio

Buyers looking for extra features can opt for the F Sport package ($2,100), which adds 18-inch wheels, a more aggressive exterior styling, sport-tuned suspension, sport seats and steering wheel, and special interior trim.

Performance Pros

Lexus NX 200t

Though it’s restricted to a single engine – not counting the separately listed NX 300h hybrid – there is a lot to like about the NX 200t’s powertrain.

  • Acceleration is lively, thanks to the 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder's accessible 258 pound-feet of torque.
  • We found the NX 200t took on a new personality in “Sport” mode – higher revs, tighter handling, and crisper acceleration.
  • The F Sport package’s stiffer suspension and larger wheels deliver even better control during spirited driving.

Performance Cons

  • Despite its fuel-saving technology, like direct injection and its ability to switch from a conventional cycle to an Atkinson cycle, the NX returns just 28 miles per gallon on the highway.
  • “Normal” mode leaves much of the NX 200t’s potential performance on the table.

Interior Pros

  • The cabin is well put together and very quiet, especially for a small crossover.
  • Active sound control with the F Sport package brings natural engine sounds to the cabin for a sportier feel.
  • We found the front seats quite roomy and comfortable.
  • The dashboard conveys a sharp, cockpit-like feel.
  • The large glove box and center console give plenty of storage options.

Interior Cons

  • Rear seats are flat and lack the sporty feel of the front seats.
  • Not much cargo room at 17.7 cubic feet with the seats up and 54.6 cubes with the seats folded.
  • The F Sport package lets more road noise into the cabin.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The upscale feel of the NX 200t’s cabin is quite the surprise. We're impressed by the level of equipment and the quietness of the non-F Sport model.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Despite being a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with advanced fuel-saving technology, the NX 200t’s 2.0-liter engine is quite thirsty.

The Bottom Line

The NX 200t’s looks broke the mold of the luxury compact crossover when it debuted. Now, with that novelty wearing off, it’s looking like just another part of the crossover pack. It does, however, cater to the buyer looking for a more agile model with its sport-tuned F Sport package.