2017 Lexus NX

The Lexus NX is a compact SUV line big on style and functionality. The models are refined yet powerful. They are spacious yet compact enough to provide agile handling when cornering. Simply, these SUVs deliver the best convenience features with the sporty performance found in higher performance cars.

Style

The Lexus NX achieves a chiseled dynamic.  The angled body lines give the SUV a beautiful side profile while also aiding in helping the vehicle be more efficient. A great example of form and function is the LED headlamps. Not only do they provide increased visibility in dark conditions, their unique shape enhances the SUV’s striking profile. An added bonus is the available illuminated door handles which makes it easier to gain access into your SUV at night while also adding a touch of style.

Interior Design

When you choose a luxury vehicle, you expect awe-inspiring style. Lexus doesn’t disappoint with its NX model. The interior is beautifully crafted with available features such as ambient lighting, NuLuxe Seating, and a moonroof. Even if you select the standard offering, you’ll receive a well-designed interior which is spacious, comfortable, and functional. The perfect representation of this is available power-folding and reclining rear seats. This transforms the passenger seats into a first-class cabin with ample legroom.

Of course it wouldn’t be a Lexus without touches of refinement throughout. The available leather-trimmed heated steering wheel is an excellent addition, as it keeps your digits warm on those cooler days. The comfort extends to the shift knob as well, as Lexus provides available leather trim for it too.

Moreover, Lexus didn’t skimp on the comfort features either. The 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat includes lumbar support, which is a must for enhanced comfort on longer drives. Additionally, the front passenger has the opportunity to experience some of this luxury with an eight-way seat. Lexus didn’t forget about rear passengers either as it supplied adjustable headrests to accommodate varied needs.

What differs Lexus from other luxury manufacturers is its ability to offer a wide diversity in offerings. To illustrate, if you want the sports-car look, you can do this by choosing the NX Turbo F Sport trim. With this model, you receive race-inspired features such as a black headliner, an F-Sport badged steering wheel, and accents to transform the inside of your vehicle into a sports car.

Interior Functionality

Lexus accounted for the needs of the everyday driver by equipping the NX with ample storage solutions. In the front console, you’ll discover a storage bin. Additionally, with foldable and reclining rear seats, it creates more room for your more demanding commutes. To keep devices powered during transports Lexus offers front and rear power outlets, as well as a USB connector.

To make access to the vehicle’s cabin easier, Lexus included the power open/close rear door. This works by using the key fob when outside the vehicle to open it. However, you can also open inside by using the lever. In both instances, this gives you quick access into or out of your vehicle when you have your hands full.

Depending on the model you choose, you’ll have access to versatile climate control features. Available options include the dual-zone climate control or the heated and ventilated front seats. Both choices include separate controls so the driver and passenger can choose their desired settings.

Performance

If you are buying a luxury model, you want top performance. Lexus took performance seriously. It’s why the designers and engineers worked meticulously to craft a worthy engine. The finished product is a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. To provide better efficiency and acceleration, the engine features twin-scroll technology. According to Lexus, this works by moving between the Atkinson and conventional cycles effortlessly.

Similar to styling options, Lexus allows you to customize your drives more to your liking with the NX. This is best represented in the NX F-Sport. This model comes with F-Sport tuned suspension, designed to achieve remarkable performance. Whether your SUV is hugging a curve or traversing over a steep hill, the suspension delivers responsive performance. Speaking of responsiveness, the paddle shifter allows you to toggle to achieve the drive you want. If performance is a high priority for you, the NX F-Sport is the trim to choose.

If you live in an area with snowy weather, then all-wheel-drive is an important consideration. Luckily, Lexus makes this available in its NX and NX F-Sport trims. This system delivers superior traction on slick road surfaces by reading road conditions, detecting wheel slip, and sending up to 50 percent of the available torque to the rear tires to help you maintain handling.

Technology

Lexus equipped the NX with remarkable technological features. The Lexus EnForm is a comprehensive system that allows you to use different functions like Destination. With this feature, you have access to an agent 24 hours a day. They can help you find points of attractions such as the nearest restaurants. They also have the ability to send the directions to your SUV’s navigation system. Moreover, with the Lexus EnForm Remote, you can download the app on your smartphone. This gives you access to lock and unlock your doors, check your SUV’s fuel level, find its location in a parking lot and more.

Our Take

The bottom line is: you expect more when buying a luxury SUV. Lexus raised the bar with its NX line. Along with dynamic styling, you receive a vehicle that delivers exceptional comfort and convenience features. Best of all, the NX is more than capable of handling your varied demands. If you don’t mind the somewhat steep cost–the NX begins from $35,085–then you’ll find this line to offer tremendous value for the price.

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