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.
I've always been a lexus enthusiast and my family has had every car from the CT to the LX with the exception of an LS. I came from my 2013 is250 and I'm glad I made the switch. This suv has every you could need. Perfect size, perfect handling and performance, great technology, overall the perfect combination of luxury and performance. I'm 25 and this suv is youthful/sporty enough for someone my age to drive yet classy enough for me to grow into as the years go on. The drive handling is amazing, I feel like I have full control of what I do on the road, and MAN can this thing GET UP AND GO! I forget it is a 4cylinder! it revs up but quiets down quickly. The seats hug your body when you drive so you feel safely placed. the in-dash controls are perfect for controlling the many options of the infotainment center without the need to taking eyes off the road, and the car feels light but feels very planted to the ground. I am 5'9, and my brother is 6ft and we both sit comfortably in the front and back seats which also recline! The touch pad is a little difficult to use at first but it quickly picks up on your finger controls and becomes easier control with time. The rear cargo has plenty of space the under storage is a big plus. The front and rear parking/cross traffic sensors are awesome aids when needed. I've driven Mercedes, BMW, and Audis and nothing compares to the smooth ride of a lexus. Also Majority of the features are STANDARD! where as with other brands the nickel and dime you for every penny. I love my eminent white pearl and my black mesh that pops with the glowing headlamps, running lamps and tail lamps. Overall especially for a young professional looking for a luxury cross over, this car is amazing and should be a true contender.
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.
6-speed automatic with console shifter with sport/competition modes
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Not surprisingly, since this is a turbo, the NX is a bit hesitant to really get going until about 2,500 rpm when going straight from foot on brake to foot on throttle. Because of the lag off the line, turning traction control off brought basically the same acceleration as with it on. But with TC off and using the power-braking method (overlapping brake and throttle pedals on the line to bring the revs up) the times improved by as much as a half-second. The only problem here is that doing this also brings some front wheelspin and quite a bit of front axle hop. The transmisison shifts fairly lazily in Drive, but in Manual mode upshifts are considerably quicker. Manual mode is via the console shift lever (pull back for downshifts). It blips the throttle on downshifts but it does not hold gears to a rev limiter (it upshifts automatically at 6,000-6,500 rpm depending on the gear).
Seemed like the NX 200t was exhibiting more nosedive than the NX 300h. The pedal was moderately firm with a normal amount of travel. It did have some side-to-side squirm on a few of the stops. But braking distances were consistent, with the first stop the shortest at 118 feet, the fifth stop the longest at 121 feet and the sixth and final stop at 119 feet.
Slalom: Overall not that impressed with the handling of this thing. But then, it is a Lexus SUV, so maybe I was expecting too much. The steering is pretty precise with nice, predictable turn-in, but there's considerable body roll/lean once you start getting into the meat of the turns. The stability system can't be fully turned off, but turning off traction control (versus full stability control on) seemed to make things worse, as it would get some front wheelspin and then that would freak the system out. While the NX 200t feels lighter and more agile than the NX 300h, it still doesn't feel all that sporty. Skid Pad: Major roll softness and therefore major tire squeal, particularly from the outside front tire that was just getting abused. Throttle adjustments did little to minimize understeer, or front tire push. There was so much body lean that with traction control turned off it wanted to spin the inside front tire. This is a pretty poor amount of lateral grip, at just 0.80 g.