The 2017 Lexus NX 200t compact SUV is the smallest luxury SUV offered by the Japanese brand and fits in the ever popular compact SUV market. It has a lot of power thanks to the turbocharged engine, the right amount of room for a small family or two-person household and a great style.
On the outside, the polarized front-end styling and the checkmark-like daylight running light design adds a much needed style boost to the typical bland automakers lineup. Whether you love or hate the design, it’s a bold new approach especially wrapping well in the back.
Inside a mix of rich leathers along with a simple to use center stack make the SUV easy to operate. Plus, there’s no question that the new Remote Touch Interface with touchpad is an improvement over the previous Lexus mouse-like design.
The driver’s seat offers a great view of the road and a short hood helps improve visibility. Also, there is a considerable amount of light in the cabin thanks to large windows including the small window next to the mirror.
In the rear, the back end is wide enough for a golf bag and with the second-row seats folded down (via a powered button), there is a considerable amount of storage room.
Behind the wheel, the 235-horsepower NX 200t moves from zero to 60 miles per hour in 7.2 seconds. It returns a combined 25 MPG and starts at about $35,000. There is a larger $40,000 300h hybrid model reduces horsepower to 194 HP, but bumps combined mileage to an impressive 33 MPG.
Overall, it is a smooth driving SUV with little road noise and plenty of power in the turbocharged engine. While you can max out the power output by really stomping on the gas, if you drive it like you should, there is plenty of power for all your driving needs. Add in the fact it starts at around $35,000 for a luxury SUV, it represents a great option for luxury buyers.