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2016 Lexus NX Interior Review

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

Scorecard

Interior: 8.3

The 2016 Lexus NX impresses reviewers with its modern interior styling and use of high-grade materials throughout the cabin. They say the rear seats offer plenty of room and that the front seats are extremely supportive. Some automotive writers say the optional Remote Touch controller takes time to master, although others like its usability. The NX has subpar cargo capacity for the class.

  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • "Not only does the NX cabin look premium and sporty, it feels the part, too." -- Motor Trend (2015)
  • "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 (2015)

Seating

The 2016 NX 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. Test drivers say the front seats are supportive and the rear seats are more spacious than those of many class rivals. They add that headroom is adequate, but some note that the roof pillars impair rearward visibility.

  • 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 (2015)
  • "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 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 (2015)
  • "… 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 (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Lexus NX 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 console-mounted joystick controller and a rearview camera. Available features include a moonroof, wireless phone charging, navigation with Lexus' Remote Touch touchpad controller, 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 you smartphone, is also available.

Critics complain that the display screen's graphics are inferior to those found in the competition. Opinions are split over the available Remote Touch controller. Some praise the system for its functionality and intuitiveness, but others dislike it, saying that the learning curve is steep and it makes selecting menu functions a chore.

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  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • 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 (2015)
  • 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 (2015)

Cargo

The 2016 NX has 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 54.6 cubic feet with them folded down, which is below the class average. A power liftgate is available. Auto journalists report that the sloping design of the roofline and rear window limits cargo capacity.

  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)

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