|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2018 Lexus NX
|300||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||6.9 sec||15.3 sec @ 91 mph||22/28/25.3 mpg||Motor Trend|
2016 Lexus NX
|200t F Sport||2.0L Turbo I-4||AWD||6A||7.1 sec||15.5 sec @ 89 mph||22/27/24 mpg||Car and Driver|
|300h Hybrid||2.5L I-4 + Elec||AWD||CVT||8.8 sec||16.8 sec @ 84 mph||33/30/27 mpg||Car and Driver|
2015 Lexus NX
|200t F Sport||2.0L Turbo I-4||AWD||6A||6.9 sec||15.3 sec @ 92 mph||22/27/22 mpg||Car and Driver|
|200t F Sport||2.0L Turbo I-4||AWD||6A||7.0 sec||15.3 sec @ 90.7 mph||22/27/23.9 mpg||Motor Trend|
|300h Hybrid||2.5L I-4 + Elec||FWD||CVT||8.3 sec||16.5 sec @ 87 mph||35/31/30 mpg||Car and Driver|
|300h Hybrid||2.5L I-4 + Elec||AWD||CVT||8.3 sec||16.3 sec @ 84.5 mph||33/30/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|300h Hybrid||2.5L I-4 + Elec||AWD||CVT||8.4 sec||16.5 sec @ 84 mph||33/30/35.7 mpg||Motor Week|
About Lexus NX
When it comes to crossover SUVs, what are the models that immediately come to your mind? You can say the Audi Q5, or the BMW X3, or the Range Rover Evogue. Only a few motorists will probably retort with “Lexus NX” given that this has not been a best-seller in previous years. But the newest model of the Lexus NX may finally change the reputation of the crossover SUV and as Lexus hopes, even its sales.
Unlike its competitors, the Lexus NX does not have a diesel engine as it is available in petrol and petrol-electric hybrid models. It is the smallest in the SUV lineup of SUV, behind the best-seller RX, the stylish GX and the big LX.
- Engine: Inter-cooled turbo premium unleaded 1-4, 2-liter engine produces 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque
- Transmission: Six speed automatic
- Number of passengers: Five
- Fuel efficiency: 22 mpg city driving, 28 mpg highway driving
- 0-60 mph: 6.9 to 8.3 seconds
- Top speed: 124 mph
- Base price: $34,480
The base NX model, the 200t, is known for its good fuel economy ratings of 22 miles per gallon for city driving and 28 mpg for highway driving, or a combined rating of 24 mpg. When the driver sets it to Normal mode, the car is noticeably quick to accelerate. However, he or she would love the ‘Sport’ mode as the car can accelerate faster and crisper. The base NX model provides a very smooth ride.
Those who love to drive will appreciate the F-sport option that features improved suspension, 18-inch wheels and lower profiles. There’s also a hybrid version of this crossover SUV, which comes with an ‘EV’ mode that can power the vehicle using electricity whenever the vehicle is moving at speeds of 30mph and lower. Engine noise is almost muted, especially in the hybrid model.
Also integral to the hybrid model is the ‘kickdown’ switch that delivers extra power to the vehicle when needed although it increases the engine noise a bit. Speaking of the hybrid, it has very impressive fuel efficiency rating of 33 mpg.
Perhaps one of the reasons why the NX has not caught the fancy of motorists is due to its limited off-roading capabilities. One, the SUV has no hill descent control. Its transmission cannot be engaged permanently as well.
One of the main selling points of the NX is its comfortable and spacious cabin. The front seats are nice particularly in the optional F-sport package. Passengers would love the fact that the front seat is not placed as high as in other compact crossovers, so there’s more headroom for them.
The seats behind also have decent legroom, but the cushions are not as comfortable as the bolstered front seats. The cabin is spacious, with cargo trays, sunglasses holder, cupholders, and compartments that you can turn to for holding various items.
Cargo volume is around 17 cubic feet when the rear seat is up, and increases to 54.6 cubic feet when the rear seat is folded down.
The basic NX 200t has standard LED taillights, LED low beams, and front running lights. Also standard are footwell lighting, heated side mirrors, LED illumination, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The F-Sport has numerous trim features, led by a standard black mesh grille that is much striking compared to the chrome slats present in the standard model.
Standard features are HD radio, Bluetooth compatibility, traffic and weather data, and caching feature for storing news broadcast and song that runs up to 15 minutes. Other options include power folding rear seat, Premium Audio system and navigational system with Lexus Enform.
The standard NX has eight airbags, including a knee airbag for the driver and a new front-seat cushion airbag. Optional safety features include a pre-collision system that detects impending collisions through sensors. The said system warns the driver and automatically puts a stop to the engine when it detects that the guy behind the wheel fails to slow down the vehicle.
There is also the option to have a Lane Departure alert activated to inform the driver that the vehicle is going beyond its traffic lane based on image processed by a camera mounted on the windshield.
Lexus has always been associated with its luxury sedans especially the Lexus LS 460 sedan, hence it’s easy to overlook the other models in its line-up like the Lexus NX. But the Lexus NX has enough power to go toe-to-toe with other SUVs, and its fuel efficiency ratings are also pretty good for its class.
There is enough cargo and cabin space in this SUV and it has solid safety features to boot. Lastly, the hybrid and Sport-F models are ideal choices for drivers who want more power and better fuel efficiency numbers from their vehicles.
To learn more about Lexus NX, visit the official Lexus website.
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