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2015 Lexus NX Review

The 2015 Lexus NX ranks among the top luxury compact SUVs. It boasts a solid reliability rating, great safety scores, a spacious and well-trimmed interior, and refined handling.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth ride
  • Zippy, fuel-efficient engine
  • Spacious interior
  • Quality cabin materials
  • Fiddly navigation controls




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 9.3
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2015 Lexus NX Overview

Is the 2015 Lexus NX a Good Used SUV?      

Yes, the 2015 NX is a good luxury compact SUV. Also referred to as the NX 200t, this Lexus crossover boasts a handsome cabin, generous seating space, and smooth ride. Drivers will also enjoy the NX’s brisk acceleration, good fuel economy, and sterling reliability rating. Add in the NX’s suite of active safety features, and you’re looking at an SUV that’s as practical as it is fun to drive. We review the 2015 Lexus NX Hybrid separately.

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How Much Is the 2015 Lexus NX?

Based on listings for the 2015 Lexus NX 200t on our site, the average price is $29,800. List prices range from $25,000 to $34,900 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Lexus NX Cost to Own?

The NX 200t’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $30,000, or around $6,000 per year. That’s about average for a luxury compact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New NX?

The 2019 Lexus NX starts at $36,385, and it can exceed $45,000 in its top trim level. You can easily save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used NX. That said, there are a few perks that come with buying new. The 2019 NX supports the popular Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa systems, which aren’t available in previous models. Additionally, the new 2019 NX comes standard with all of the Lexus Safety System+ features, including forward collision warning and lane departure warning. If you want these safety features, you may find it’s cheaper to buy a new NX rather than find a used model with these items equipped.

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There are a number of good new SUVs at the 2015 NX’s price point. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 starts at $24,350, and it leads its class when it comes to athletic handling. Its posh cabin also looks and feels nicer than many luxury models. The redesigned 2019 Toyota RAV4 starts at $25,500 and boasts a larger cargo area than the NX, as well as far more standard safety features. The all-new 2019 Lexus UX ($32,000) isn’t a great option, though. It’s the smaller sibling of the NX, and it disappoints with sluggish acceleration.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus NX Is Best?

Lexus launched the NX 200t as an all-new SUV for 2015. The NX saw no major updates during its first three model years, so you can save money with a 2015 model, which offers all the same features as the 2016 and 2017 models.

The NX 200t was renamed the NX 300 for 2018. The 2018 NX also received some big updates, including a larger infotainment screen and an available adaptive suspension. A number of active safety features became standard as well, like forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control, but these features were optional in previous model years. If any of these updates are important to you, consider a 2018 model.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Lexus NX?

The 2015 NX 200t has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Lexus NX Recalls

Lexus is recalling 2015 NX models due to an issue with the air bag sensors. Make sure this recall is addressed by a Lexus dealer before buying a used NX.

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Which Used Lexus NX Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Lexus NX is available in two trims. The base model NX 200t is the best option for most shoppers. It comes equipped with a 7-inch display, eight speakers, satellite radio, a CD player, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, a USB port, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, keyless entry, push-button start, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The NX 200t F Sport trim adds larger 18-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a restyled front bumper, transmission shift paddles, and a turbo boost gauge.

Available features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a 10-speaker stereo, a wireless phone charging pad, a navigation system, a moonroof, a power tailgate, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a suite of active safety features.

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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 200t?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Lexus NX an overall rating of four out of five stars, with a five-star rating in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the SUV a 2015 Top Safety Pick+, the agency’s most prominent accolade. The IIHS also gave the NX the highest rating of Good in all areas tested.

All 2015 Lexus NX 200t models are equipped with a rearview camera. Some used models feature blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and the pre-collision system (forward collision warning with brake assist).

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2015 Lexus NX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus NX 200t or 2015 Acura RDX?

The 2015 Lexus NX and Acura RDX are both fine options in the luxury compact SUV class. These SUVS have composed handling, a comfortable ride, and zippy engine performance. Both also yield comparable fuel economy. The Lexus is the better luxury SUV though, because it has a better reliability rating, nicer cabin materials, and many more advanced safety features (like forward collision warning). By comparison, the RDX only offers a rearview camera.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus NX 200t or 2015 Audi Q5?

The 2015 Audi Q5 may have one of the nicest interiors in its segment, but it isn’t a great used SUV. The Audi has a lower reliability rating, and its projected ownership costs are higher than the NX’s. The Q5 also has fewer active safety features, and its ride can feel rather harsh on broken pavement. Stick with the NX.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus NX 200t or 2015 BMW X3?

There isn’t a bad pick between the 2015 BMW X3 and Lexus NX. Both have high reliability and safety ratings, generous seating space, a long list of advanced safety features, and quality cabin materials. Opt for the Lexus if you prefer a smooth ride instead of sportier handling. On the other hand, opt for the BMW if you want more cargo space or quicker acceleration (the X3 is available with a 300-horsepower six-cylinder engine).

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2015 NX Performance

How Does the 2015 Lexus NX 200t Drive?

The NX 200t has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 235 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is available. This four-cylinder turbo feels well-matched to the NX. It operates quietly and delivers confident acceleration around town, and there’s ample power for climbing hills and passing other vehicles on the highway. The six-speed automatic is a smooth operator as well, thanks to its slick and well-timed gear changes.

The NX rewards drivers with engaging road manners, but this SUV remains comfortable too. It’s stable around turns, with responsive steering and strong brakes. The suspension does a fine job of soaking up bumps and dips in the road as well. The NX 200t F Sport variant delivers slightly sharper handling, courtesy of its stiffer springs and larger wheels. But if you’re searching for truly racy performance, look elsewhere.

Does the 2015 Lexus NX Get Good Gas Mileage?

The NX 200t gets good fuel economy by segment standards. Both FWD and AWD models get 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The F Sport variant returns a slightly lower 22/27 mpg city/highway.

2015 Lexus NX Towing Capacity

The NX 200t is rated to tow up to 2,000 pounds when equipped with the Luxury package.

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2015 NX Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 NX Seat?

The Lexus NX is a two-row SUV with five seats. The front seats are nicely cushioned, and they provide fine support for longer road trips. The rear seats are comfy as well, and unlike some vehicles in this segment, both rows have ample headroom and legroom for taller passengers. NuLuxe synthetic leather seats are standard. Heated, ventilated, and leather seats are available.

The NX’s cabin has an elegant dashboard, upholstered surfaces, and many soft-touch materials. The interior also stays remarkably quiet at highway speeds. One drawback is rear visibility; the rear headrests and thick roof pillars create awkward blind spots.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Lexus NX?

The NX 200t has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use, citing lower anchors that are too deep in the seat cushions and tough to maneuver around.

2015 Lexus NX Features

Standard features in the 2015 NX include a 7-inch infotainment screen, a USB port, Bluetooth, a satellite radio, a CD player, Siri Eyes Free support for iOS devices, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, and cruise control. Available features include a navigation system, a Qi-compatible wireless phone charger, and the Enform app suite (Bing, iHeartRadio, Pandora, and more).

The dashboard has simple and well-placed buttons, which manage the core audio and climate settings. The user-friendly Display Audio system consists of a 7-inch screen and a dial on the center console. Navigation-equipped models get Lexus’ Remote Touch interface, but this system isn’t as easy to use. It substitutes the dial with a touch pad that requires a bit too much attention to use while driving.

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2015 Lexus NX Dimensions

Lexus NX Cargo Space

The NX 200t has 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, and 54.6 cubic feet of space with these seats folded. That’s a bit low for the luxury compact SUV class. A power tailgate and power-folding rear seatbacks are available.

2015 NX 200t Length and Weight

The Lexus NX measures 15.2 feet long. It weighs between 3,940 and 4,050 pounds, depending on trim level.

Where Was the 2015 Lexus NX Built?

Lexus built the 2015 NX 200t in Japan.

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