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2015 Lexus NX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2015 Lexus NX was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.4

According to automotive journalists, the 2015 Lexus NX's cabin has a modern, sporty design and is fitted with posh materials that look and feel excellent. Reviewers say the front seats are very supportive and note that most passengers should have plenty of head- and legroom in the back seat. The NX 200T doesn't offer a lot of cargo space for the class, and critics caution that its available Remote Touch navigation and infotainment controller can take a while to get used to.

  • "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." -- Edmunds
  • "Not only does the NX cabin look premium and sporty, it feels the part, too." -- Motor Trend
  • "Instead, the cabin imparts a cockpit-like feel, with a high center console that angles up to meet the dramatically sculpted dash. Layered surfaces, rich materials, and plush padding abound." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Not forgetting the interior fundamentals while implementing all that tech, Lexus fitted the NX with soft, pleasing materials in most places eyes and hands are likely to linger." -- Left Lane News

Seating

The NX 200T seats five and comes standard with leatherette seating and power-adjustable front seats. Heated front seats, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and leather upholstery are available. Test drivers say the front seats are spacious, comfortable and supportive through fast corners, adding that the standard leatherette upholstery looks and feels very similar to real leather. Critics comment that rearward visibility is compromised by the rear headrests and thick roof pillars. The rear seats offer plenty of head- and legroom for most passengers, reviewers add.

  • "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
  • "The [front] seats are enveloping, like human-size catcher's mitts. They're much more bolstered than any other chair Lexus offers, with generous thigh and lower-torso support-the F Sport's chairs even more so. There are no hot spots, bumps, lumps, or uncomfortable areas-you simply sit down and stay put regardless of the road's twists and turns." -- Car and Driver
  • Front head and leg room are very good, and seats are supportive, especially in F Sports, which have their own design. 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
  • "In regards to the former, backseat legroom is generous for the segment, with more space than usual for a 6-footer to sit behind another 6-footer. Headroom is sufficient all around, but some may find the cabin a bit confining due to the rather small side windows." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Lexus NX 200T include proximity key, dual-zone automatic climate control, Siri Eyes Free Mode iPhone integration, a rearview camera, an eight-speaker audio system with a 7-inch display screen, HD Radio, satellite radio, a USB port and Bluetooth. Optional features include blind spot monitoring, a power moonroof, adaptive cruise control, the Lexus Enform App Suite (which includes apps like Bing, Yelp, Pandora Internet radio and more), a 10-speaker audio system and navigation with Lexus' Remote Touch controller.

Reviewers note that the display screen's graphics look outdated and some say that the optional Remote Touch controller isn't as easy to use as the joystick controller in models without navigation. Many comment that the navigation system's menus are not very user-friendly. Still, most say that Remote Touch works OK once you get the hang of it, and a few others think it is intuitive.

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  • "Though blessed with a logical menu layout, it must be said that Enform's graphics seem at least five years behind the competition, and, unhappily, the system is manipulated through either a new haptic-feedback touchpad or, on non-navigation models, Lexus' familiar and fiddly joystick. Both entail a bit of a learning curve." -- Left Lane News
  • Opt for navigation and you'll get a new Remote Touch Interface that uses a touchpad with haptic feedback in place of the old mouse-like control unit, though the old joystick is still used when navigation isn't included. We can't shake the feeling that Lexus is throwing every input option at its customers, trying to find one that sticks. In practice, though, while both systems require a bit of a learning curve, either works fine once you're accustomed." -- Autoblog
  • I'm less enthralled about the brand's next-gen Remote Touch interface, which comes on navigation-equipped NX models. The latest setup abandons a stubby joystick for a square surface that's similar to a laptop touchpad. It's straightforward and retains haptic feedback, but it suffers clunky map interactions and menu items that are too easy to miss. … Sans navigation, the NX gets a simpler directional joystick knob." -- Cars.com
  • "As for tech, gone is the teensy, emasculating joystick controller seen in other late-model Lexi. Yay! It's been replaced with a functional and high-tech-feeling touchpad. You'll need to spend about three minutes learning how the snap-to control of the icons work, but once you do you'll realize it's a slick solution." -- Motor Trend

Cargo

The 2015 NX 200T has 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 54.6 with them folded, which is a bit low for the class. Test drivers find the space behind the rear seats unimpressive and note that its sloping rear profile reduces the NX's practicality.

  • "The area behind those seats is compromised largely because of the NX's sleeker roofline-halved in comparison to a RAV4, and one of the tightest amongst its peers like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. So as comfortable and fun as the F Sport might be, you'll probably need to pack creatively for road trips." -- Road and Track
  • "Although the backseat can fold, doing so doesn't result in an especially large space. Its 54.6 cubic feet of total volume may be equal to the similarly constricted Mercedes GLK and just a few cubes shy of an Audi Q5, but its raked liftgate makes it less versatile than even its modest volume number would suggest." -- Edmunds

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