After X3 and X1, I decided to try a Lexus and I love it. Interior fit and finish is great and the design is very upscale. BMW's so called "business luxury" is getting old after seven years. Seats are more comfortable than X1 or X3, and lateral support on NX (regular seat) is much better than X3 or X1. NX is not as agile or fast as X1 or X3, but to me, it has the right combination of luxurious drive, good speed and handling capabilities. And my deciding factor was NX looks less feminine than X3, in my opinion. Sure the grill looks too much, but if you put a license plate, it isn't as "gaping hole" like as you think. Cargo space is fine for people w/o kids.
My husband and I just returned from our vacation. We drove 1,100 miles during the week. We debated on taking the new NX or our large roomy SUV and decided if, after we packed and everything fit, we would take the NX. Everything fit - luggage, golf clubs, cooler and food for a family of 8 for the week. We put the backseat down and had plenty of room and did not block vision from the back window. The car handled beautifully even with all of the weight. We traveled on highways, mountain roads and congested cities. The car had great acceleration and was easy to maneuver around both the city streets and busy highways. Since this was purchased as my car, my husband at 6'5" was not sure if he was going to be as comfortable in the NX. He is in love. He was comfortable when he drove and even as the passenger. This was our first non GM car in 38 years. He was impressed with the car and became a Lexus fan. The navigation system was easy to use and got us easily to our selected destinations. We purchased 36 gallons of gas during the trip. We averaged 30 mpg!
Bought my NX200t AWD at the end of the year, but was still able to get the color I wanted. This review reflects one month of ownership, so I can't speak to reliability just yet. The seating is comfortable, cargo space is adequate for my needs (holds about 7 grocery bags comfortably), and this car does MOVE. The vehicle has Eco, Normal and Sport modes. When I will be accelerating onto the highway, I switch to Sport to give the car an added boost. In stop and go traffic, I am in Normal or Eco mode. Changing modes is quick and easy using a dial on the console. Most operations for the radio or navigation can be done via the steering wheel or voice command. Unlike my previous car by another manufacturer, the car synched with my iPhone 6S quickly and easily and remains connected. Audio quality is good. There is ample leg room in the front and back. The back seat has its own air vents. There are some large blind spots and that does take getting used to, but the blind spot detection system is very helpful in that regard. Remote start is available, but only through the Lexus Enform Remote app. This is free for a year and then the price shoots up. Basically, you end up paying for a remote start over and over again, which I think is ridiculous. Overall, I continue to be impressed with the comfort and performance of this car and am so happy I traded up to a Lexus! UPDATE: I have now had this car seven months and have updated the reliability score. I'm still very much annoying this car. It is performing well and, thus far, I've only needed an oil change.
Great vehicle, my only nits are that I would like the car to be a bit larger so as to have a bit more cargo space and the automatic safety braking system sometimes brakes unexpectedly when coming in too hot for a stop in traffic (I cleaned sensors and come in a bit slower for a stop and all is well). Comfort in front and rear seats is amazing. Especially the drivers cockpit (because that is what it is). The drive and handling are superb but more sporty than your typically lexus, this is no rolling couch. That being said, it does so well on the road, I've done more than a few 12 hour road trips with little to no fatigue. Just great vehicle lexus really hot this one out of the park.
We drove most of the competition - the Audi Q5, Infinity Qx 60 & 70, the BMW X 3 and Acura RDX, looking to replace my Acura MDX (which was a great car). The NX (and RDX) stood out in terms of comfortable ride, smooth operation, and interior appointments (although the Acura was really nice also). The engine is extremely quiet and smooth and provides good acceleration with a turbo. It is just a pleasure to drive.