2015 Lexus NX200t - F Sport Series 2
2.0 L 4 Cyl Turbocharged 235 HP with 6 Speed Automatic Transmission
Nebula Grey Pearl with Rioja Red Nu Luxe
We know that styling is a personal choice, and the NX makes a strong statement that is either endearing, or almost a complete turn off. We think its young, edgy, refreshing, original, while reinforcing Lexus styling cues. The NX attracts praise and brickbats for its styling.
Yes..the grille on the F Sport is immense.
We have to mention that on the street everyone becomes aware of the NX200t this vehicle does not go unnoticed.
The interior is refreshing in Rioja Red, with attention to detail, contrast stitching, aluminum inserts in the dash, console, and door panels. The Nu Luxe material has a better feel, and finish than most leather that is currently available in vehicles. In this price segment Nu Luxe is a great choice.
While making a compelling styling statement too...complementing the exterior.
The front seats are comfortable, the heads up display is cool, the sound system is great. You expect all of this in a Lexus. As well as a full complement of features, from navigation, satellite radio, back up camera, parking sensors, power seats, blind spot monitoring, to name a few. The controls for the various functions in the center of the dash could be more intuitive than the myriad of buttons which are not as easy to quickly interpret.
The removable vanity mirror in the console is a thoughtful consideration.
Rear seat leg room is adult sized, the rear cargo area is adequate considering the size of the NX. Yes...the power tailgate is very convenient, and expected on a Lexus.
You can configure your own NX...here.
You expect a Lexus to be smooth, seamless, and refined, the NX does not disappoint. We had reservations about the 4 cylinder, which were quickly dispelled. This engine has adequate power, the 6 speed automatic is responsive and well calibrated. In Sport + mode the NX takes on a decidedly more aggressive behavior, we alternated between Eco and Sport+ in our use.
Its a utility vehicle with a solid and confidence inspiring behavior on smooth and broken pavement, with good steering feel, and surprisingly strong brakes. Quiet on the highway with a reasonable reserve of power, and a seamless adaptive cruise control, and braking action if anyone suddenly pulls out in front of you.
The back up camera actually shows the rear bumper which is rare; most back up camera applications simply show the green, orange, red lines.
If you are considering a luxury CUV, and we agree there are several choices. The NX is new, the styling is unique, the interior is appealing, the drive is smooth. Make it a point to experience the NX you will be surprised, and it will recalibrate your decision parameters.
Strada Talking Points
- Original styling
- Great Interior
- Smooth, confidence inspiring
- Good power from a 4 cylinder
- Vanity mirror in the console
The quick review