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8.9

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.3
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2015 Lexus NX Review

The 2015 Lexus NX – also known as the NX 200t – is a high-ranking luxury compact SUV that offers outstanding safety scores, a perfect reliability score, a luxurious cabin, and composed handling. 

Pros & Cons

  • Poised handling
  • Modern, luxurious and stylish cabin
  • Confusing infotainment controls
  • Base model can feel slow from a stop

2015 Lexus NX Overview

Is the 2015 Lexus NX a Good Used SUV?

The Lexus NX is a top used luxury compact SUV, thanks to its balanced handling and upscale, roomy interior. It's also only one of two SUVs in the segment to earn a perfect predicted reliability score. Still, performance junkies might prefer a vehicle with more power under the hood, as the NX doesn’t move away quickly from a stop.

Used 2015 Lexus NX Performance and Interior

The 2015 Lexus NX 200t is powered by a 235-horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. This engine delivers good highway acceleration, but it can be slow from a stop. According to the EPA, the NX earns 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which are fair figures for the class. The ride is comfortable, the handling is poised, and the NX maintains its composure through turns. Still, it’s more of a touring car than a racing car. For a more dynamic ride, go with one of the NX F Sport trims; they rival corner-carving competitors.

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The 2015 Lexus NX has a luxurious cabin with sporty styling and top-notch materials. The front seats are supportive, and there is good head- and legroom no matter where you’re seated. The sloped back windows, however, offer limited rearward visibility. The NX has a complete set of LATCH child-seat connectors on its rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether on the middle back seat. The 2015 NX’s 54.6 cubic feet of overall cargo space is smaller than what you’ll find in most luxury crossovers.  

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, Siri Eyes Free Mode iPhone integration, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Available features include a 10-speaker audio system and navigation with Lexus' Remote Touch controller. The Remote Touch touchpad has an initial learning curve, but other dashboard controls are fairly straightforward.

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Used 2015 Lexus NX Prices

The price of a used 2015 Lexus NX 200t ranges from about $32,800 for the front-wheel-drive base model to around $36,100 for the all-wheel-drive NX F Sport trim. Prices vary depending on the SUV's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Lexus NX?

The 2015 Lexus NX has a perfect predicted reliability score of five out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the NX?

Like most luxury compact SUVs, the Lexus NX performs well in safety tests. In five Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the Lexus NX earned the best score of Good. It was also named a Top Safety Pick+. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Lexus NX five out of five stars for overall safety, with four stars in the frontal and rollover crash tests.

A rearview camera is standard active safety equipment, while adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring are available. 

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Should I Consider Another Used NX?

The 2015 model year was the Lexus NX’s first year of production. This first generation also includes the 2017 model year. There are no significant differences between the 2015 and 2016 models, but the 2017 model adds standard smartphone app navigation. 

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Which Used Lexus NX Is Right for Me?

The Lexus NX has two trim levels: 200t (base) and 200t F Sport. The NX Hybrid is reviewed separately. Standard features in the NX 200t include a proximity key, dual-zone automatic climate control, Siri Eyes Free Mode iPhone integration, an eight-speaker audio system with a 7-inch display screen, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Available features include a 10-speaker audio system and navigation with Lexus' Remote Touch controller, as well as the Lexus Enform App Suite (which includes apps like Bing, Yelp, Pandora internet radio, and more).

Despite the NX's perfect reliability score, a certified pre-owned model is still worth considering. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to cover six years or unlimited mileage. Lexus puts its CPO vehicles through a 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

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2015 Lexus NX and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus NX or 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class offers a few advantages over the Lexus NX. It gets significantly better fuel economy in the city and on the highway. It also earns a perfect safety score. Like the NX, the GLA-Class has agile handling and carlike composure. It also offers an upscale cabin. Still, the GLA-Class is a subcompact SUV; if you need more space, the NX is the bigger and better option.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus NX or 2015 BMW X3?

If you want a strong performer, few luxury crossovers are better than the 2015 BMW X3. It offers thrilling performance thanks to its powerful engine lineup and razor-sharp handling. It also has more cargo and cabin space than the NX. However, the NX offers a little more luxury inside, and its ride is more comfortable.

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