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2016 Lexus NX Review

The 2016 Lexus NX ranks near the top of its class, thanks to its roomy seating space, quality materials, pleasant driving dynamics, and great safety and reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Handsome interior
  • Roomy seating space
  • Composed ride and handling
  • Efficient turbocharged engine
  • Distracting navigation controls




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 9.3
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2016 Lexus NX Overview

Is the 2016 Lexus NX a Good Used SUV?

The 2016 Lexus NX is a great pick if you’re shopping for a used luxury compact SUV. We even named it our 2016 Best Luxury Compact SUV for the Money. The NX sports an elegant interior, agile handling, and a potent turbocharged engine. High fuel economy and generous seating space make it a nice companion on the daily grind as well. Factor in great safety and reliability ratings, and you’ve got a vehicle that’s as sensible as it is enjoyable to drive. The 2016 Lexus NX Hybrid is reviewed separately.

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How Much Is the 2016 Lexus NX?

You can expect to pay between $28,500 and $38,000 for a used 2016 NX. These figures are based on over 300 listings for the 2016 Lexus NX on our site. The average list price is $33,500. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Lexus NX Cost to Own?

The NX’s estimated costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are much lower than average for the luxury compact SUV class. Over five years, you can expect to pay about $24,700 – or around $4,900 per year. Notably, the 2016 Acura RDX and Lincoln MKC have similarly low projected upkeep costs of around $24,800 and $23,900, respectively.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New NX?

The 2018 Lexus NX starts at $35,985. An average 2016 NX will cost you about $2,500 less than a new NX, and you can save even more by shopping for a base 2016 model with few options. However, there is one major benefit to buying new. The 2018 NX comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+. This means all 2018 models are equipped with adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning with brake assist. If these are must-have items, you’re better off buying the 2018. Otherwise, the 2016 will suit many buyers’ needs.

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On the other hand, you can save money while still buying new if you’re willing to buy a nonluxury compact SUV. The 2018 Mazda CX-5, for example, starts at just $24,150. It's not a luxury car, but it still has an upscale interior, along with engaging handling and comfortable seats. We named the CX-5 our 2018 Best Compact SUV for the Money.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Lexus NX?

The 2016 NX has a great reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Lexus NX Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no recalls for the 2016 NX.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus NX Is Best?

Lexus introduced the NX as an all-new vehicle for 2015 and made few changes to it for 2016 and 2017. That means you can save money by shopping for a used 2015 NX while still finding all the same features as these later models. Considering its value, 2015 is the best model year to buy. For about $2,500 more, however, you can buy the base 2018 NX, which has a larger infotainment screen and a newly available adaptive suspension. Also, a number of previously optional safety features became standard in 2018, including forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control.

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Which Used Lexus NX Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Lexus NX comes in two trim levels: NX 200t and NX 200t F Sport. The base model NX 200t comes standard with a 7-inch infotainment screen, a rearview camera, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a CD player, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, leatherette upholstery, dual-zone climate control, fog lights, and alloy wheels. The NX 200t F Sport trim adds a sport-tuned suspension, a restyled front bumper, shift paddles, and a turbo boost gauge.

Available features include a navigation system, a moonroof, a power tailgate, leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, rain-sensing 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?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Lexus NX a Good safety score in all categories tested and named the SUV a 2016 Top Safety Pick+, the organization’s highest award. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the NX a perfect five-star rating for overall and side impact safety, as well as four stars for front and rollover crash safety.

All NX models come standard with a rearview camera. Available safety features include front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and Toyota’s Pre-Collision System (forward collision warning with brake assist).

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2016 Lexus NX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Lexus NX or 2016 Acura RDX?

You can’t go wrong with the NX or the 2016 Acura RDX. These compact SUVs are fun to drive and get up to speed briskly. Both also offer welcoming interiors, many advanced safety features, and lower-than-average ownership costs. The NX rates higher for reliability, making it a more sensible option. On the other hand, the RDX has a roomier back seat and a larger cargo area. Both are great picks.

Which Is Better: 2016 Lexus NX or 2016 Audi Q5?

The 2016 Audi Q5 has a gorgeous interior and some of the best driving dynamics in this class, but these perks aren’t enough to make it a good option. The Q5 has a low reliability rating and higher five-year costs than the NX. It also offers fewer active safety features and yields a ride quality that’s less forgiving on rough pavement. Stick with the Lexus.

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2016 NX Performance

How Does the 2016 Lexus NX Drive?

The Lexus NX 200t has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 235 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is available. The engine operates quietly and shuttles the NX up to speed swiftly. Throttle response is quick, and there’s more than enough muscle for climbing hills and passing other vehicles. The only hiccup is the six-speed automatic. It changes gears smoothly, but it’s occasionally hesitant to downshift.

The NX strikes a nice balance between handling and ride quality. It feels stable around turns, its steering is sharp and responsive, and the brakes confidently bring the SUV to a stop. This makes for a fun driving experience, and a fairly comfortable one as well. The NX’s suspension is stiffer than its cushy Lexus RX sibling, but it nicely shrugs off bumps and dips in the road.

Does the 2016 Lexus NX Get Good Gas Mileage?

The NX 200t gets 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is great for the luxury compact SUV class. Ratings drop slightly with the F Sport model, which earns 22/27 mpg city/highway.

2016 Lexus NX Towing Capacity

The Lexus NX 200t can tow up to 2,000 pounds when properly equipped.

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2016 NX Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 NX Seat?

The Lexus NX is a 2-row SUV with five seats. The front seats are soft and comfortable. The rear seats are cozy as well. Both rows offer generous head- and legroom. Even taller adults will find adequate space to stretch out in the back seat. Leatherette seats are standard; leather, heated, and ventilated seats are available. The NX’s cabin is exceptionally quiet and handsomely designed. It’s trimmed with high-quality materials as well, including crisp metal accents, rich upholstery, and soft-touch plastics.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Lexus NX?

The NX has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the SUV’s LATCH system a Marginal rating – the second lowest offered – for ease of use.

2016 Lexus NX Features

The 2016 NX 200t comes standard with a 7-inch display screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, a CD player, satellite radio, and Siri Eyes Free connectivity. Available features include a navigation system, an app suite, and Qi wireless charging. The standard audio and climate control buttons are easy to access on the dashboard, and they’re complemented by Lexus’ simple Display Audio infotainment system. You control the 7-inch screen with a rotary dial on the center console. Opting for the navigation system adds Lexus’ Remote Touch interface, which isn’t so user-friendly. It replaces the dial with a touchpad that's similar to what you'll find on a laptop computer. It’s distracting to use while driving.

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2016 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 with its rear seats folded. That’s rather small for the luxury compact SUV class.

2016 NX Length and Weight

The Lexus NX is 15.2 feet long with a curb weight of between 3,940 pounds (with FWD) and 4,050 pounds (with AWD).

Where Was the 2016 Lexus NX Built?

The 2016 Lexus NX was built in Japan.

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