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2016 Lexus NX Hybrid Review

The efficient 2016 Lexus NX Hybrid sits near the top of the luxury compact SUV class. It has good safety and reliability marks, as well as roomy back seats. However, its cargo space and engine power fall short of the competition.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Spacious rear seats
  • Weak engine
  • Limited cargo capacity

Rankings & Awards

The 2016 Lexus NX Hybrid's #4 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Luxury Compact SUVs category. It is a finalist for our 2016 Best Hybrid SUV for the Money award. Currently the Lexus NX Hybrid has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 26 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.3
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2016 Lexus NX Hybrid Overview

Is the 2016 Lexus NX Hybrid a Good Used SUV?

The 2016 Lexus NX 300h is a practical option for shoppers who want ample seating space and good fuel efficiency. Additionally, the NX has strong safety scores and a good reliability rating. Still, many rivals offer sportier handling, more engine power, or larger cargo holds – and some offer all three.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 26 Lexus NX Hybrid reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2016 Lexus NX Hybrid?

Our site has about 30 listings for the 2016 Lexus NX Hybrid. Their prices range from $31,900 to $42,400. The average price is $38,700. Prices vary depending on the SUV’s condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2016 Lexus NX Hybrid Cost to Own?

The 2016 NX Hybrid’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance total nearly $21,900. That’s lower than competitors like the Acura RDX ($24,800), the Mercedes-Benz GLC ($33,500), and the BMW X3 ($29,700).

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New NX Hybrid?

A new 2018 Lexus NX Hybrid has a base price of $38,335, which is close to the average list price of a used 2016 model. However, the 2018 model is completely refreshed, with updated interior and exterior styling. It now comes with Lexus Safety System+ (a suite of advanced safety features), a larger touch screen, and power-folding side mirrors. In most cases, the 2018 is the better choice. However, adding available packages can quickly raise the 2018 NX Hybrid’s price north of $48,000.

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There are a couple of new crossovers that cost less than a used 2016 NX 300h. For example, the 2018 Lincoln MKC (MSRP $33,355) has more standard features than the 2016 NX Hybrid, including a user-friendly infotainment system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. The 2018 Buick Envision (MSRP $33,995) offers a similar list of standard features and comfortable seats with plenty of room. Both competitors are also available with strong turbocharged engines.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Lexus NX Hybrid?

The 2016 NX Hybrid has a reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power. That’s an above-average score for the industry, and it’s one of the highest scores in the segment. 

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2016 Lexus NX Hybrid Recalls

At the time of writing, the 2016 Lexus NX Hybrid has no safety recalls.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus NX Hybrid Is Best?

Lexus debuted the NX Hybrid during the 2015 model year. It gained the Lexus Enform Remote for 2016, which allows you to control certain vehicle functions with your smartphone. Unless that change is important to you, you’re better off buying the 2015 NX 300h, which will likely save you a few thousand dollars. Although the 2017 model comes standard with all-wheel drive, its average list price is $4,300 higher than the 2016 model’s.

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Which Used Lexus NX Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The Lexus NX Hybrid has just one trim level, so you can focus on finding a used model that comes with the package and features you want. The Premium package adds heated front seats and a moonroof. The Navigation package adds a navigation system with a touchpad controller (Remote Touch), the Lexus Enform App Suite, and a 10-speaker audio system. The nonhybrid Lexus NX is reviewed separately.

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What Does Lexus' Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Lexus offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 70,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to six years or unlimited mileage. From the day you purchase or lease your Lexus CPO vehicle, you receive complimentary maintenance covering the next four factory-recommended services for two years or 20,000 miles. Every CPO Lexus must pass a 161-point inspection. Additional benefits like loaner cars, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Lexus has the best CPO program in the industry.

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How Safe Is the NX Hybrid?

The Lexus NX Hybrid earns excellent safety ratings. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a perfect five-star overall rating. It earned five stars in the side crash test, and it received four stars in the rollover and frontal crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not rate the 2016 NX Hybrid specifically. However, it named the nonhybrid 2016 Lexus NX a Top Safety Pick+ and gave it the top rating of Good in all five crash evaluations.

A rearview camera comes standard. Available driver assistance features include front and rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and forward collision alert.

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2016 Lexus NX Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Lexus NX Hybrid or 2016 Lexus RX?

The Lexus RX 350 is a luxury midsize SUV with a top-notch

reliability rating. Its performance, styling, and features are similar to the NX 300h’s, but the RX 350 is a larger vehicle. It also has an available hybrid powertrain, which adds excellent fuel economy to the SUV’s list of strengths. If you could use more space than the NX Hybrid gives you, the Lexus RX may be the one for you.

Which Is Better: 2016 Lexus NX Hybrid or 2016 Volvo XC60?

The Volvo XC60 is worth considering if you want a little more power without a significant drop in gas mileage. Both of the XC60’s available turbocharged engines combine good power with above-average fuel economy for the class. The XC60 also offers a smooth ride, exceptionally comfortable seating, and one of the largest cargo capacities among luxury compact SUVs.

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2016 NX Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2016 Lexus NX Hybrid Drive?

The 2016 Lexus NX Hybrid has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that combine to make 194 horsepower. This powertrain produces modest acceleration and – to make matters worse – plenty of noise under heavy acceleration. However, transitions between gas and electric power are smooth. A continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is available. The NX Hybrid has a supple ride and fairly good cornering ability, but some competitors offer responsive steering.

 Does the 2016 Lexus NX Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

Its powertrain isn’t very strong, but what you sacrifice in acceleration, you gain in gas mileage. The NX 300h earns excellent fuel economy estimates of 34 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Keep in mind, however, that the majority of rivals have gas-only engines. The NX 300h AWD (all-wheel drive) earns a similar fuel-economy rating: 33 mpg in the city and 30 mg on the highway.

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2016 NX Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 NX Hybrid Seat?

The 2-row Lexus NX Hybrid has seating for five in a modern cabin made with mostly premium materials. The front seats are supportive, and the rear seats are some of the roomiest in the class.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Lexus NX Hybrid?

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats and an upper tether anchor in the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal.

2016 Lexus NX Hybrid Features

Standard features in the NX Hybrid include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, HD Radio, and Siri Eyes Free. There’s also a 7-inch display screen operated by a joystick controller. Available features include a moonroof, wireless phone charging, a navigation system with a touchpad controller (Remote Touch), and Lexus Enform Remote, which lets you control certain vehicle functions from your smartphone. The Remote Touch controller is tricky at first, but it gets easier to operate with practice. The dashboard controls are within easy reach of the driver.

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2016 Lexus NX Hybrid Dimensions

Lexus NX Hybrid Cargo Space

The NX Hybrid has below-average cargo space for the segment, with a maximum capacity of 53.7 cubic feet.

2016 NX Hybrid Length and Weight

The 2016 Lexus NX Hybrid is about 15.2 feet long. Its gross vehicle weight is 5,145 pounds for the front-wheel-drive model and 5,335 pounds for a model with all-wheel drive.

Where Was the 2016 Lexus NX Hybrid Built?

Lexus built the 2016 NX Hybrid in Japan.

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