On sale now at Lexus dealerships, the NX 200t received four stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover crash test.
The rating applies to front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the NX 200t.
Standard safety equipment on the NX models includes eight airbags, antilock brakes, traction control and vehicle stability control. Whiplash injury-lessening seats are standard for front-seat passengers.
Optional safety equipment includes lane-departure alert and a pre-collision safety system.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers keeping score should note that the 2016 Acura RDX and Volvo XC60 also earned the highest five-star safety rating from NHTSA. The 2016 Audi Q5 earned a four-star overall safety rating.