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2017 Lexus NX Review

The 2017 Lexus NX ranks highly among luxury compact SUVs because of its solid acceleration, smooth ride, roomy cabin, and above-average predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Good predicted reliability
  • Upscale, modern interior
  • Spacious passenger room
  • Comfortable ride
  • Not much cargo space behind the seats
  • Available touchpad controls are tricky

8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.9
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2017 Lexus NX Overview

Is the 2017 Lexus NX a Good Used SUV?

The Lexus NX is a good SUV, with a lot of standard features and a well-built cabin. It boasts good gas mileage and a comfortable ride, along with solid safety and predicted reliability ratings. The NX isn't a perfect vehicle, though. Some rivals have more cargo space or more engaging driving dynamics. Given its excellent combination of quality and value, we named the NX our 2017 Best Luxury Compact SUV for the Money.

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We’ve researched 30 Lexus NX reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars since 2007, and our team has more than 75 years of automotive industry experience combined. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we refuse expensive gifts and trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Lexus NX?

Prices for the 2017 Lexus NX range from about $31,000 to around $39,900, with the average price landing at about $35,600. This data comes from nearly 400 listings for the 2017 NX on our site. Actual prices fluctuate depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Lexus NX Cost to Own?

The 2017 Lexus NX tends to be slightly more expensive than some of its competitors when it comes to gas, insurance, repair, and maintenance costs. You can expect to pay around $30,500 over five years for these expenses. By comparison, a 2017 Acura RDX's five-year costs are about $2,700 less than the NX's, while the 2017 Buick Envision's costs are about $4,200 less.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New NX?

For 2018, the NX saw its first major changes since its introduction for the 2015 model year. The 2018 Lexus NX receives an interior and exterior design refresh, and the base trim is now named NX 300 instead of NX 200t. The Lexus Safety System+ suite of driver assistance features is standard for 2018, and an 8-inch infotainment screen replaces the old 7-inch screen.

The base price of a 2018 NX ($35,985) is pretty close to the average listing price of a used 2017 model. With the updated design and newly standard features, a 2018 NX is a better option for some than the 2017 model.

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There are a couple new luxury compact SUVs that retail for less than what an average 2017 NX costs. Both the 2018 Buick Envision and the 2019 Lincoln MKC start at just a hair under $34,000, which is about $1,600 less than an average 2017 NX. These domestic competitors come well-equipped with standard features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which you can't get in the NX.

You might also consider upper trim levels of some new compact SUVs. The 2018 Honda CR-V is well-rounded and ranks near the top of its class. You can get a fully loaded CR-V Touring model with all-wheel drive for just over $34,000. We named the CR-V our 2018 Best Compact SUV for the Money and 2018 Best Compact SUV for Families. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 has the best overall performance in the class along with one of the nicest interiors. A CX-5 Grand Touring with the Premium Package and all-wheel drive (making the car basically fully loaded) will run you about $32,400. When loaded, each of these compact SUVs provide a better overall value than a 2017 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 there were few notable changes made between its debut and the 2017 model year. You can likely save thousands of dollars and get an older model that’s nearly identical. With value in mind, a 2015 or 2016 NX may be a better buy than a 2017 model.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Lexus NX?

The 2017 Lexus NX 200t has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Lexus NX Recalls

As of this writing, there are no open recalls that apply to the 2017 Lexus NX 200t.

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Which Used Lexus NX Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 NX only has two trims: NX 200t and 200t F Sport. It is also available as a hybrid model, which we review separately. The NX's trims are almost identical, except the F Sport is designed for slightly more spirited driving. That's all well and good, but the NX isn't the most athletic SUV in the class, so it's probably not worth hunting for an F Sport model.

The Lexus NX 200t comes with a long list of standard features, though there are some options packages you may want to look for. The Luxury package includes leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and a moonroof, while the Navigation package comes with navigation, a touchpad controller, an additional USB port, a 10-speaker premium sound system, and the Lexus Enform infotainment app suite.

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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 2017 Lexus NX 200t received five out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in the side impact test. The NX also earned perfect scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and it was named a 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+.

A rearview camera is the only driver assistance feature that comes standard in the 2017 NX. There are many available advanced safety features in the 2017 NX, like front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and a pre-collision system with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

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2017 Lexus NX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Lexus NX or 2017 Acura RDX?

The Lexus NX and the 2017 Acura RDX earn comparable scores in our rankings, but the RDX gets the slight edge overall. The Acura comes with a potent V6 engine that nearly matches the fuel efficiency of the turbocharged NX. Neither of these SUVs is particularly athletic, but they combine decent handling with ride comfort perfectly suited to daily driving. The Lexus has the upper hand in predicted reliability, but you'll get more cargo room and slightly better safety scores with the RDX. Lower average list prices and lower ownership costs add to the RDX's appeal, making it the winner over the NX.

Which Is Better: 2017 Lexus NX or 2017 Buick Envision?

The 2017 Buick Envision is all about value. Buick introduced this SUV as a new model for 2016, so it's one of the most up-to-date vehicles in the class. That shows in standard features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot – stuff that the NX doesn't even offer. The standard IntelliLink infotainment system is user-friendly, and it's easy to control common functions like climate or audio settings. With all that said, average list prices are about $9,000 lower for the Envision than for the NX, and you'll save more than $4,000 in your major five-year ownership costs. The NX has slightly better predicted reliability, and it scores a little better in the areas of performance and interior accommodations.

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2017 NX Performance

How Does the 2017 Lexus NX Drive?

The 2017 Lexus NX 200t comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 235 horsepower. That’s an decent amount of power for the class and enough to get the NX going pretty easily. The NX accelerates smoothly and there is a steady stream of turbo power, so you can quickly take off from a stop and speed up for highway merging or passing with little effort. If you find yourself wanting more power, you're out of luck with the NX since this is the only engine available. Some used models may have all-wheel drive.

The Lexus NX is best suited as a comfortable daily driver thanks to its cushioned ride. Around turns, the NX stays level and exhibits little body roll. However, it's far from the most adept corner carver in the class. For a little more fun, you can opt for the NX F Sport. In addition to a more aggressive design, the F Sport features a sport-tuned suspension for better handling and steering response. It also has front sport seats to better cradle you during lively driving. However, it's not going to approach the athleticism of the best performers in the class. 

Does the 2017 Lexus NX Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 NX’s fuel economy leads most of its competitors. You’ll get an estimated 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The 2017 Lexus NX Hybrid, which we review separately, gets 33 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. Driving the NX Hybrid would save you about $700 per year in fuel costs compared to the regular NX.

The 2017 Acura RDX gets up to 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The NX will save you about $200 per year in fuel costs. If you're looking for better fuel efficiency, check out the 2017 Buick Envision. It gets up to 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway and runs on regular gasoline, compared to the NX and the RDX, which both require premium gas. You can save about $350 in fuel costs with the Envision compared to the NX.

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2017 NX Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 NX Seat?

The 2017 Lexus NX can seat five people, and its spacious back seat should be attractive to shoppers who regularly ferry around multiple passengers. Three children or two adults can comfortably fit in the back, and they'll have plenty of room, despite the back seat sitting slightly higher than the front seats. The front seats are spacious, extremely comfortable, and bolstered all around to provide good support. Leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Available amenities include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, front sport seats, power-folding and reclining rear seats, and driver’s seat and mirror memory settings.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Lexus NX?

There are two complete LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, with a third top tether on the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the NX’s LATCH system a rating of Marginal (the second-lowest) for its ease-of-use. You can easily find the tether points on the back of the seats, except for the middle one that is a little harder to find. The lower anchors are deep in the seat and hard to locate, plus there's not much room to maneuver your hands around them.

2017 Lexus NX Features

Standard features in the 2017 NX include dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, HD Radio, satellite radio, a USB port, a 7-inch infotainment display screen, a rearview camera, voice-command activation, smartphone app navigation, proximity key entry, and push-button start. Available features include a moonroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, integrated navigation, a touchpad controller, an additional USB port, a 10-speaker premium sound system, the Lexus Enform app suite, and wireless device charging.

The 2017 Lexus NX comes standard with an infotainment system that draws comparisons to some of the most popular systems on the market. Instead of a touch screen, you control the system with a control knob located on the center console. However, if you spring for an option package that includes navigation, you'll get a touchpad (also on the center console), similar to those on a laptop computer. It's less intuitive than the standard knob and doesn't function as well as most touch-screen displays. You might also find yourself distracted from the road as you try to control the car's many functions. Buttons for climate settings are located high on the center stack, so they're easy to see and reach from the driver's seat.

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2017 Lexus NX Dimensions

Lexus NX Cargo Space

The NX has only 17.7 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats, which is very low compared with some other cars in the class. Fold the second row down and the NX’s capacity is much more in line with the rest of the class, at 54.6 cubic feet of space.

2017 NX Length and Weight

The 2017 Lexus NX 200t is 15.2 feet long. Its curb weight is 3,940 pounds for front-wheel-drive models, and 4,050 pounds for all-wheel-drive models.

Where Was the 2017 Lexus NX Built?

Lexus built the 2017 NX in Japan.

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