This Lexus NX first drive video review provides the first driving impressions of this all-new compact luxury crossover. Included is information about the three models — the NX 200t, NX 200t F Sport and NX 300h — as well as their fuel economy, interior space, available features, turbocharged and hybrid powertrains, and expected competitors. For more information, read the 2015 Lexus NX 200t First Drive.
The NX has basically the same exterior dimensions as its main competition. Inside, Lexus has done a good job of packaging the interior for passenger comfort, as the back seat seems to offer more legroom than most of its rivals. It can also fold flat by pressing buttons in the trunk, on the seat itself or next to the steering wheel. That's unique for the segment.
Cargo space itself, however, is less generous. Its 17.7-cubic feet with the seats raised is the smallest in the segment. Its 54.6 cubic feet with the seats lowered is basically the same as its smallest competitors, but the NX's sloping tailgate would seem to make it less functional. At the same time, if cargo space is important to you, Lexus already sells the bigger RX — so in a way, the NX is sized just right not to step on its big brother's toes.
There are three available NX flavors. The NX 200t is the first vehicle to get Lexus' new 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo that will eventually start showing up in other Lexus cars. Its power delivery is smooth and impressively quiet, while its output is about what its four-cylinder competitors offer.
The NX 200t F Sport model has the same engine, but has different styling — note the different grilles — plus unique interior color schemes, paddle shifters for the standard six-speed automatic and a sport-tuned suspension that seems to make the ride a little too firm.
There's also the NX300h hybrid that achieves a Lexus-estimated 33 mpg combined with front-wheel drive. That would be 6-7 mpg better than hybrid and diesel-powered competitors.
The NX is the first Lexus to get the new touchpad-operated Remote Touch tech interface. The current mouse controller draws too much attention away from the road and this one may actually be worse.
In total, if you can live with its smaller cargo capacity, the new Lexus NX seems like it has the ingredients to be one of the best and most competitive members of an already tough segment. It will hit dealers in December, so stay tuned for more information on pricing and a full video review on Edmunds.com.