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2017 Lexus NX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Lexus NX was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.1

The interior of the 2017 Lexus NX features high-quality materials and a distinct design. Seating comfort is top-notch, and there is plenty of passenger room in the second row. Cargo space, however, is very low. The infotainment system is difficult to operate when equipped with touchpad abilities.

  • "The NX's cabin isn't as radically designed as the vehicle's exterior, but it still 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. The soft leather-like material that lines the doors, dash and center console feels expensive, and we appreciate the padded areas that cushion the center console to keep your legs from whacking against a hard surface. Details such as contrast stitching, wood trim and a modern analog clock are tastefully applied." -- Edmunds
  • "It's no surprise that the cutting-edge exterior of a car looking like the … NX has a cutting-edge interior. And we do mean edge, as the multiple levels, cutlines, materials and finishes could distract some drivers. Design choices aside, there's no mistaking the quality. From the stitched material on the dash to the many soft and padded surfaces, the Lexus NX exudes the sophistication of a higher class of vehicle than what you're actually driving." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "Open the door and you'll be greeted by an interior that is several orders of magnitude nicer to look at and touch than in the RAV4. Where the mainstream Toyota appears built to a price point, the designers of the NX have done a sterling job covering any flimsy plastic or rough edges with something soft and supple." -- Autoblog (2015)

Seating

The 2017 NX seats five on standard leatherette upholstery and comes with a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat. Available features include leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, power-folding and reclining rear seats, driver’s seat and mirror memory settings, a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, and a leather-wrapped shift knob.

The front seats in the NX are extremely comfortable and supportive, with excellent all-around bolstering. The F Sport's sport seats keep occupants even more bundled. Rear-seat room in both trims is vast as well, with ample headroom even though the seats are higher than those in the front.

The NX's LATCH car-seat system has two complete seating positions on the rear outboard seats, with a top tether anchor on the middle seat. All the tethers are in an easy-to-find location and distinguishable from other parts of the seat. However, the lower anchors are deep in the seat and difficult to maneuver around.

  • "The NX is great at carrying people ... Rear passengers should find generous room despite the vehicle's modest overall dimensions" -- Edmunds
  • 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)
  • "Perhaps the best part of the new NX is its cabin, which shrink-wraps around its occupants. The 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)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 NX include dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, 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, a power liftgate, proximity key entry, and push-button start. Optional 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 infotainment app suite, wireless device charging, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Physical control knobs and buttons on the dashboard are easily reached and simple to use. The touchpad that comes with the upgraded system, however, can be difficult to use and may distract your attention from the road. The lack of smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto is also a drawback.

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  • The high-mounted climate controls are easy to reach and see, and other secondary controls are intuitive. The infotainment controls are less so, however. The standard Display Audio system utilizes a knob-and-screen system similar to BMW's iDrive. We haven't had a chance to try Display Audio, but most NX models are likely to leave the dealer lot with navigation and thus the Lexus' Remote Touch interface as well. With Remote Touch, various menus and icons are selected with a console-mounted touchpad like a laptop's. There is haptic feedback (vibration) through that pad when you click something, but in general, we find that using Remote Touch draws too much of your attention from the road. (The touchpad is also harder to use than the small joystick-like Remote Touch controller in the Lexus RX.) Tech-savvy users might also be disappointed by the absence of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support." -- Edmunds
  • "These days, luxury models need to be on the cutting edge of automotive technology to survive, and the Lexus NX and BMW X3 are proof. Both models offer just about every gadget you could imagine, from adaptive LED headlights to multi-angle cameras, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams, comprehensive infotainment systems and adaptive cruise control. If you want high-tech, chances are good that these two SUVs have what you're looking for." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • The new touch-pad interface for the Remote Touch is an improvement, but still not as intuitive as touch-screen or knob-based systems." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Cargo

The 2017 NX has 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is very low for the class. Folding the rear seats results in 54.6 cubic feet.

  • "The main downside to the 2017 Lexus NX 200t is cargo space. There's just not a whole lot of it." -- Edmunds
  • "The cargo hold, particularly with the rear seats up, is among the smallest in the field." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)
  • "Lexus says four golf bags fit behind the rear seats. If that's the case, certain competitors must be able to fit the bags plus a caddy. The 2011-2014 X3, plus the Q5 and Acura RDX both have 25-plus cubic feet behind their rear seats, but the NX 200t has just 17.7 - a little more than the GLK's undersized cargo area, but small for the class and less than half the cargo space of the RX. Fold the seats down, and the NX's 54.6 cubic feet makes up some of the lost ground, falling near most competitors." -- Cars.com (2015)

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