2015 Lexus NX 200t Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2015 Lexus NX 200t - Road Test Specs

2015 Lexus NX 200t SUV

(2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2015 Lexus NX 200t 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Vehicle TypeFWD 4dr 5-passenger 4dr SUV
Base MSRPNot available
Options on test vehicleNavigation Package (voice recognition, Enform App Suite, Enform Remote smartphone app, Remote Touch Interface controller, 2 additional speakers), Comfort Package (universal garage door opener, driver seat memory, power tilt/telescopic steering wheel), Premium Package (18-inch wheels, auto-dimming outside mirrors, heated/ventilated front seats, sunroof, upgraded DRLs and turn signals), adaptive cruise control with pre-collision warning, blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors.
As-tested MSRPNot available
Assembly locationKyushu, Japan
North American parts content (%)Not available


ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine , front-wheel drive
Engine typeTurbocharged, direct-injected, inline-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,000/122
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves/cylinder variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.0
Redline, indicated (rpm)5,800
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)235 @ 4,800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)258 @ 1,650
Fuel typePremium unleaded (recommended)
Transmission type6-speed automatic with console shifter with sport/competition modes
Transmission ratios (x:1)I: 3.30; II: 1.90; III: 1.42; IV: 1.00; V: 0.71; VI: 0.61; R: 4.15
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.89


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent double-wishbone, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)2.68
Tire make and modelBridgestone Dueler H/L 33
Tire typeAll-season (32 psi cold front; 32 psi cold rear)
Tire size225/60R18 100H
Wheel size18 x 7.5
Wheel materialaluminum
Brakes, frontOne-piece ventilated rotors with 2-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rearOne-piece solid rotors with 1-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.8
0-45 mph (sec.)4.7
0-60 mph (sec.)7.0
0-75 mph (sec.)10.3
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.2 @ 91.9
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.7
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.1
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.2
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)7.6
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)10.8
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)15.6 @ 91.1
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.2
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)29
60-0 mph (ft.)118
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.7
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON63.1
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.78
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.80
Sound level @ idle (dB)39.3
@ Full throttle (dB)67.6
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)62.4
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,100

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsNot 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).
Braking commentsSeemed 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.
Handling commentsSlalom: 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.

Testing Conditions

Test date9/3/2014
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)75.1
Relative humidity (%)63.5
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.6
Wind (mph, direction)2.38 / Cross
Odometer (mi.)2,638
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)32/32

Fuel Consumption

Edmunds observed (mpg)20.9 overall/25.7 evaluation loop
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)15.9
Driving range (mi.)0
Edmunds estimated monthly fuel cost ($)Not available

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo description10-speaker CD player
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via USB jack
Satellite radioStandard
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Not available
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot available
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemOptional Hard Drive with traffic 7.0-in display screen (measured diagonally)
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Standard 12 months trial subscription
Smart entry/StartStandard
Parking aidsOptional parking sonar front and rear cross-traffic detection, standard rear back-up camera
Blind-spot detectionOptional
Adaptive cruise controlOptional
Lane-departure monitoringOptional departure warning
Collision warning/avoidanceOptional
Night VisionNot available
Driver coaching displayNot available

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,940
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,857
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)59.9/40.1
Length (in.)182.3
Width (in.)83.9
Height (in.)64.8
Wheelbase (in.)104.7
Track, front (in.)61.8
Track, rear (in.)61.8
Turning circle (ft.)19.9
Legroom, front (in.)42.8
Legroom, rear (in.)36.1
Headroom, front (in.)37.4
Headroom, rear (in.)38.1
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)55.3
Seating capacity5
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)54.6
behind 2nd row (cu-ft)17.7
GVWR (lbs.)5,090
Ground clearance (in.)6.9
Approach angle (degrees)28.7
Departure angle (degrees)24.0


Bumper-to-bumper4 years / 50,000 miles
Powertrain6 years / 70,000 miles
Corrosion6 years / Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years / Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenanceyears / 5,000 miles

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