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2016 Lexus NX Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Lexus NX Hybrid was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.1

The 2016 Lexus NX Hybrid's interior impresses many automotive writers with its modern styling and upscale materials, though a few complain that there are some low-grade plastics that give off a cheaper feel. Critics enjoy the supportive front seats and roomy rear seats. Opinions differ about the user-friendliness of the available Remote Touch infotainment controller, but most agree that climate controls are convenient and easy to use.

  • "From the stitched material on the dash to the many soft and padded surfaces, the Lexus NX exudes the sophistication of a higher class of vehicle than what you're actually driving." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The NX's cabin isn't quite as radical as the exterior is, but it nevertheless exudes a cool, modern vibe that won't be mistaken for anything else in the segment. Construction is absolutely top-notch, with materials that look and feel rich -- especially in the available two-tone color schemes." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Overall, the interior design seems interesting and fresh, though we wish Lexus would upgrade its cheap, metallic patina-colored plastic trim on the doors, dash, and even the 'L' on the steering wheel to something more, well, metal." -- Car and Driver (2015)
  • "For all of the 2015 Lexus NX 300h's heavily wrought lines, gaping grille, and sharp roofline, the interior is traditional Lexus. Perfectly padded leather seating surfaces, handsome stitching, and an attractive instrument design are sure to keep customers happy." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)
  • "The NX's interior packs a lot of eye candy, mostly thanks to stitched, leatherlike synthetic materials that cover portions of the dashboard, center console and doors. Less convincing is the molded stitching that adorns upper sections - similar to the dash materials in the Camry and ES - as well as the big chunks of faux-metal plastic trim that flank the center controls." -- Cars.com (2015)

Seating

The 2016 NX Hybrid seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, reclining rear seats and a heated steering wheel are available. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, according to critics, although some note that the rear window pillars obstruct visibility. They add that the rear seats provide a good amount of space.

  • "Lexus' standard NuLuxe upholstery helps, too. It's fake leather, but it's damn convincing. Real cowhide is optional, but you'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference." -- Cars.com (2015)
  • "The front seats are excellent, the rears just shy of great. The high beltline and small windows give a bit of BMW X4-like intimacy back there." -- Car and Driver (2015)
  • "Front head and leg room are very good, and seats are supportive. … Rear seats are positioned a little higher than the front seats. Head room is acceptable for 2 adults. Three children will fit across the rear seat. Triangular rear-quarter windows let in some light, but the sloping roof pillars are still thick, impeding over-the-shoulder visibility. The view directly to the rear is hemmed in by rear head rests." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "Rear passengers in the NX should find a generous amount of space, at least compared with most other compact luxury crossovers." -- Edmunds (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Lexus NX 300h include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, an eight-speaker audio system, a USB port, Siri Eyes Free, a 7-inch display screen operated by a joystick controller and a rearview camera. Available features include a moonroof, wireless phone charging, navigation with a touchpad controller (Remote Touch), voice recognition, the Lexus Enform App suite, a 10-speaker audio system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning. Lexus Enform Remote, which allows you to control certain vehicle functions from your smartphone, is also available.

Test drivers say the climate controls are easily visible and reachable. The available Remote Touch controller draws mixed reviews, with some saying that it works well despite a steep learning curve and others saying that it's less intuitive than systems with a touch screen or knob controller.

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  • "The new touch-pad interface for the Remote Touch is an improvement, but still not as intuitive as touch-screen or knob-based systems." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The new Remote Touch Interface touchpad-style controller with haptic feedback handled secondary controls in our test vehicle; it takes some getting used to but works better than the old Lexus toggle-mouse thing." -- Car and Driver (2015)
  • "The new RTI central controller included with the navigation option package offers more-intuitive touchpad operation on the center console. … The touchpad is a little easier to use than Lexus' usual 'joystick' system (which is still used in NXs without navigation), and sensitivity is adjustable, but it still demands some attention from the driver." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "The high-mounted climate controls are easy to reach and see, while other secondary controls are intuitive." -- Edmunds (2015)

Cargo

The 2016 NX 300h has 16.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 53.7 cubic feet with them folded, which are below-average capacities for the class. A power liftgate is available. Auto journalists dislike the limited cargo capacity, and they note that the sloping roofline and angled liftgate limit the versatility of the already-cramped cargo area.

  • "Unfortunately, the NX 300h's cargo area is significantly lacking. Maximum cargo capacity is among the lowest in the segment, but its dramatically raked liftgate makes it even less versatile than its measurements would suggest. Its capacity with the rear seats in place is the worst in the segment, so if you have a family or need more versatility than what is essentially offered by most wagons, the NX is probably not for you." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Also like the X4, the sloping roofline restricts the usable cargo space." -- Car and Driver (2015)

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