2015 Lexus NX200t | DRIVEN

Unmistakable appearance in a nice, compact package.

Photos & Words: Evan ‘Evo’ Yates

 

Exterior: With the NX, Lexus has officially figured it out when it comes to aggressive styling and we couldn’t be happier for them. Their transition from vanilla to jalapeno hasn’t exactly been without some bumps in the road but in the end it was clearly worth it. The sharp creases on the body of the NX are stunning, sharp and downright sexy. The enormous open-mouth grille demands attention and that sexy Ruby Mica paint is simply gorgeous. As far as the luxury compact crossovers out there, the NX takes the crown in the looks department – easily.

Interior: Inside is what you would expect from a luxury compact and falls in line with a standard Lexus interior. Although there’s really no place to put your keys (a pet peeve of mine in push-to-start vehicles) there is a neat little pocket under the radio for your phone which is quite helpful. The beautifully bolstered seats which hug you and your passengers like your Mom did before going off to summer camp are definitely a plus in vehicle such as the NX. And even though from the outside the NX may look as if the interior would be cramped, the cabin is quite roomy with plenty of room for four adults.

A/V: The infotainment system is fairly simple to use with the standard 7-inch screen but the touchpad still needs some polishing. The stereo was clear, powerful and had a decent bass response. The electronics in general are nothing spectacular but that wasn’t really expected with this type of vehicle anyway.

Performance: Utilizing the first-ever turbocharged engine in a Lexus, the all-new 2.0-liter turbo four cylinder propels the NX quite swiftly. The beefed-up suspension via MacPherson struts and double wishbone suspension takes care of any body roll and keeps you planted to the pavement. And even though the NX isn’t going to blow anyone’s doors off, it over-achieves in comparison to the competition.

Floss Factor: Especially in this particular hue, you’re gonna stop traffic in this sexy little number for sure. Throw some new shoes on her and you may just stop traffic.

 

Damage: $44,100.00

Power: 235 hp, 258 lb-ft

0-60:  6.9 sec

Gas Cash: 25 MPG (combined)