2017 Lexus NX Review May 15, 2017 by Jet (Driver Weekly)
The small 2017 Lexus NX crossover delivers entry luxury and style along with plenty of features. While not as popular as its larger compatriot, the NX crossover is the perfect entry to the Lexus lineup for new buyers who don’t want a sedan. The NX was introduced in 2015 and has received only minor changes for 2017, including color options and optional 18-inch wheels. There are three available versions, starting with the NX Turbo and including the NX Turbo F Sport and the NX 300h hybrid.
Under the Hood
The Lexus NX Turbo has a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 235 horsepower and a torque of 258 pound-feet. It works with a 6-speed automatic transmission and has front-wheel drive as standard. Upgrading to AWD on the NX and NX F SPORT provides live road condition monitoring. If the system detects wheel spin, it will deliver as much as 50 percent of the torque to your rear wheels. The NX 300h hybrid even has its own electronic AWD system that includes an extra electric motor that sends instant torque to the rear wheels whenever it becomes necessary. Speaking of the hybrid, this model has the best-in-class fuel economy of 33 mpg in the city, 30 on the highway, and 31 combined, leaving the competition fairly far behind. It pairs a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with three different electric motors and a nickel-metal hydride battery pack for 194 horsepower.
When we take the 2017 Lexus NX Turbo for a spin, we appreciate the Drive Mode Select system that makes it easy to switch from Sport to Eco to Normal driving modes and adjust responsiveness plus efficiency. Some reviewers noted that the base engine doesn’t live up to the aggressive styling. The drive can be soft and unresponsive compared to the competition. Going with the NX F Sport model will give you front MacPherson struts along with a specially-designed double-wishbone rear suspension to maintain its utility vehicle capabilities but throwing in a performance sedan’s feel.
While driving experience is subpar in the Turbo, sitting in any seat of the 2017 Lexus NX will always be comfortable. For added convenience, this model has the first-in-class power folding plus reclining rear seats along with impressive legroom throughout. Your hands rest easy on the leather-trimmed and heated steering wheel while switching to the leather-trimmed shift knob for a few seconds doesn’t change your level of comfort. The front seats feature 10-way power-adjustment and power lumbar for the driver with 8-way power-adjustment for the passenger, and we always appreciate the spacious back seat that can fit adults comfortably. We love the Lexus Personalized Settings that come standard on the NX and let you customize a range of vehicle settings.
Exterior Styling and Convenience
All 2017 Lexus NX models are stylish, but the F SPORT gets its own badging, signature grille inserts, and a distinctive front bumper. We appreciate that, instead of offering a normal moonroof, Lexus offers one with an external sliding design as this increases the size of the opening and improves interior headroom over other options. The power rear door can open and close with the push of a button for added convenience, and the roof rails are sleek yet functional, adding style and capability to the NX. The angular styling and big grille make big promises, but the NX Turbo can’t deliver matching performance. However, it offers stylish lines and luxurious features in a truly comfortable crossover. For those looking for a more entertaining drive, you should upgrade to the more expensive Turbo F Sport.