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2017 Lexus NX Buyer's Guide

By Allyson Harwood on April 17, 2017 1:17 PM

Forward-looking design meets familiar quality and value.

Underneath the angular styling of the Lexus NX is a small luxury SUV with a comfortable ride and a roomy, feature-packed cabin. Like other members of the Lexus family, the NX offers value in many forms. In addition to a reasonable starting price and excellent resale value, the NX is also fuel-efficient and generously equipped. European alternatives like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 certainly have their own appeals, but the well-rounded NX is a particularly compelling option to value-oriented luxury buyers. 

Driving It

From our full review of the Lexus NX: "When a car’s ride and handling fulfill the promises made by its flashy exterior, it’s a win-win. In the 2017 Lexus NX 200t, a stellar reliability record adds a third win, making the NX the trifecta of perfection. The 2017 Lexus NX 200t’s turbocharged engine may be small, but it delivers its power smoothly and with authority, despite the car’s nearly 4,000-pound weight."

Hybrid Option

With a net output of 194 horsepower and a 9.1-second 0-60 time, the all-wheel-drive Lexus NX 300h AWD offers ample power and acceleration. More important, its fuel economy of 33 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway eclipses the 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway you would get with the gas-only Lexus NX 200t AWD. 

Performance Flair

If you want to add a little more attitude to the NX, Lexus offers the 200t F Sport. It comes with unique wheels, design cues and F Sport suspension tuning, as well as Active Sound Control.

Comparison Test

The Lexus NX was one of four luxury SUVs we drove 500 roundtrip miles from Southern California to Paso Robles, California, as part of our most recent Small Luxury SUV Comparison Test.

First Look: 2018 Lexus NX

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On the market since 2015, Lexus announced that the NX will receive a comprehensive update for the 2018 model year. The refreshed 2018 NX pictured above was unveiled at Auto Shanghai 2017.

Build and Price

Pricing for a front-wheel-drive Lexus NX 200t starts at just over $36,000. Choosing the 300h with all the bells and whistles runs just about $51,000. Build and price your own Lexus NX to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Consumer Reviews

Many Lexus NX owners have been thrilled with the quality and reliability of Lexus' littlest SUV, but there is some room for improvement, as Bud explains: "We bought this car after a lot of shopping for the equivalent smaller SUVs. Handling, mileage, build quality are all excellent - typical Lexus (this is our 2nd). But the navigation and infotainment interface and system design is the worst!" Read more Lexus NX consumer reviews.

More Small Luxury SUVs

This popular segment has grown to more than 10 vehicles strong, with each of the entries appealing on a variety of levels. Visit our Compact Luxury SUV Buyer's Guide to have a look at all your options.

 

Photo Gallery: Lexus NX Inside and Out


 


 

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