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Lexus NX Review, For Sale, Interior, Colours, Models & News

Although the Lexus NX shares its mid-size SUV platform with the Toyota RAV4, it has much loftier aspirations.

Introduced in 2015, the NX has become one of Lexus’s top selling nameplates. It competes alongside rivals in the premium segment like the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Jaguar F-Pace and Audi Q5.

Currently the NX ranges from the $61,900 NX NX250 2WD to the $90,948 NX NX450H+ F Sport + EP2 Phev AWD.

The NX has always been available with parent company Toyota’s Hybrid tech on at least one variant in the range. The NX was available from launch with either a 2.0-litre turbo or a 2.5-litre hybrid, both petrol in front- or all-wheel drive.

Lexus NX Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Lexus NX varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $61,900 and going to $90,948 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2023 SUV 2.5L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $61,900 $90,948
2022 SUV 2.5L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $57,750 $104,500
2021 SUV 2.0L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $53,240 $101,530
2020 SUV 2.0L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $45,320 $78,760
2019 SUV 2.0L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $41,030 $72,050
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Lexus NX Dimensions

The dimensions of the Lexus NX SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2023 SUV 1660x1865x4660 mm 185 mm
2022 SUV 1645x1845x4640 mm 160 mm
2021 SUV 1645x1845x4640 mm 160 mm
2020 SUV 1645x1845x4640 mm 160 mm
2019 SUV 1645x1845x4640 mm 160 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Lexus NX Dimensions

Lexus NX Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Lexus NX here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • I am considering both Volvo XC60 B5 Inscription or Lexus NX300h F-Sport. I am wondering which is more reliable and suitable for long-term value?

    Although both these cars are similar in many ways, there’s one area where they take difference philosophies. And that’s in the way their hybrid systems are configured and prioritised.

    While the Lexus is more of a conventional hybrid with the electric motor doing a lot of the heavy lifting, the Volvo is what’s called a mild hybrid., As the name suggests, that means the electric power is limited to a 10kW boost when taking off or when the driver requires maximum acceleration.

    A mild hybrid layout does still operate the stop-start function and can harvest energy when slowing down, so it’s still a worthwhile slice of tech, but it won’t affect fuel consumption as much as the Lexus’ full hybrid system.

    Reliability is a bit of an unknown with any new car, but it’s fair to say that the Lexus’ reputation will count for something come trade-in time. Not to mention that, as the more hybrid-focussed of the pair, the Lexus might also be a little more future-proof.

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  • NX200t steering wheel damage

    It seems off that the steering wheel should be heavily worn in such a short time, which suggests that there is a design or production quality issue with it. I suggest you check as many other NX200t cars as you can find to see if it is a common problem, and make a direct approach to Lexus for help in replacing the wheel.

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  • Good pick for new SUV?

    There are lots of fresh contenders in that class, including the Porsche Macan — which has an 18-month waiting list. The pick is the Land Rover Discovery Sport. I give it The Tick and rate it well ahead of the NX for comfort, quietness and class.

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Lexus NX Colours

The NX 250 Luxury currently offers the following paint colours: Sonic Quartz, Titanium, Sonic Chrome, Onyx, Graphite Black, Caliente, Khaki Metal and Celestial Blue.

  • Sonic Quartz
  • Titanium
  • Sonic Chrome
  • Onyx
  • Graphite Black
  • Caliente
  • Khaki Metal
  • Celestial Blue
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Lexus NX Interior

The previous NX was a bit on the compact side for a medium SUV, reflecting its ageing Toyota New MC architecture, that was developed essentially to underpin smaller cars like the Toyota Corolla and Prius as well as the RAV4 SUV.

Worse than that, though, the original NX was loud, with fidgety suspension and too much road and engine noise coming inside. It was very not-on-brand.

Still, nearly a million buyers globally snapped them up, attracted by the handsome styling and Lexus' reputation for quality.

Thankfully, the new-from-the-ground-up TNGA architecture cribbed from the latest, impressive RAV4 has rectified all issues in the latest NX.

Now the NX is properly medium-sized, and so easier to get in and out of, as well as palpably roomier front and rear.

Being the entry-level 250, you might not expect much in terms of interior presentation or style, but the product planners have been smart in specifying this grade to make it seem luxurious. It looks, feels and smells expensive in here.

Then there’s the driving position, with an electrically-operated reach/height adjustable steering column and a multi-configurable seat to help find the right spot. All-round vision is also better than you might expect, no doubt helped out by huge exterior mirrors and a large reversing camera screen.

Typical Lexus-style classy digital instrumentation, is clear and easy to take in. The same applies to the now touch-only centre screen, which has a slick rich finish and tactility, and also encompasses the climate-control display.

These and the simplified sub-screen menus for navigation, wireless telephony/audio streaming, vehicle diagnoses and vehicle settings amongst other features, is quickly second-nature in their accessibility and operation. And the sound system quality is great too.

There's more, from the superb ventilation system and lovely lush materials of satisfying quality to the seemingly endless storage options, the NX is ridiculously practical.

Accessing the back seat is easy due to the latest model’s larger proportions. Much of the same applies out back as the front seat area in terms of comfort, quality of finish and attention to detail. There's more-than-sufficient space for two burly adults or three smaller people.

Lexus NX Interior

Lexus NX Accessories

For a base luxury SUV, the NX 250 comes well specified, with eight airbags, autonomous emergency braking (AEB), front and rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitor, lane-keep and steering assist, adaptive cruise control, LED lights with auto high beams and Safe Exit Assist.

You'll also find keyless entry/start, a 9.8-inch touchscreen featuring ‘Hey, Lexus’ voice control, sat-nav, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, digital radio, powered steering column adjustability, electric front seats with heating, dual-zone climate control, a powered tailgate and 18-inch alloys running on 235/50 runflat tyres.

Lexus NX Accessories

Lexus NX Boot Space

The NX 250's boot has a high loading lip, but then offsets this with a long, flat floor, as well as a hidden storage compartment underneath that's surprisingly deep, due to the discontinuation of a spare wheel.

Capacity is rated at 520 litres, extending to 1411L with the split/fold backrests folded. Note there is no solid cargo cover either, just a flexible/flimsy fabric item that’s foldable and easily stored.

Lexus NX Boot space Lexus NX Boot space

Lexus NX Towing Capacity

The Lexus NX has maximum towing capacity of 1500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2023 SUV 1000kg 1500kg
2022 SUV 1000kg 1500kg
2021 SUV 1000kg 1500kg
2020 SUV 1000kg 1000kg
2019 SUV 1000kg 1000kg
See All Towing Capacity for Lexus NX

Lexus NX Seats

The NX 250 might be the cheapest version of Lexus' midsized luxury SUV, but a quick glance at the interior reveals a thoughtful and on-brand mindset.

The body-hugging and bolstered front seats are the first point of contact to this philosophy, being soft and sumptuous and yet offering enough support to be comfortable even after hours sitting in them. Both are electrically adjustable and with welcome heating elements, further underlining their cosiness.

The comfy rear bench carries these themes through, with the 60:40 split-fold backrest reclinable in two positions for added comfort over longer distances. There's a decent amount of padding in the cushion as well.

However, the back seat does not slide or remove, as in some SUVs.

Finally, being divided, the backrests can be dropped as required to increase boot capacity.

Lexus NX Seats

Lexus NX Fuel Consumption

The Lexus NX is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Hyb/PULP, —, PULP and Hyb/ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 5L/100km for SUV /Hyb/PULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2023 SUV 5L/100km 2.5L Hyb/PULP CVT AUTO
2023 SUV 6.9L/100km 2.5L 8 SP AUTO
2023 SUV 6.9L/100km 2.5L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2022 SUV 5L/100km 2.5L Hyb/PULP CVT AUTO
2022 SUV 5.6L/100km 2.5L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2022 SUV 7.7L/100km 2.0L PULP 6 SP AUTO
2021 SUV 5L/100km 2.5L Hyb/PULP CVT AUTO
2021 SUV 5.6L/100km 2.5L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2021 SUV 7.7L/100km 2.0L PULP 6 SP AUTO
2020 SUV 5.6L/100km 2.5L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2020 SUV 7.7L/100km 2.0L PULP 6 SP AUTO
2019 SUV 5.6L/100km 2.5L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2019 SUV 7.7L/100km 2.0L PULP 6 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Lexus NX Pricing and Specs for 2023

Lexus NX Wheel Size

The Lexus NX has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 235x60 R18 1 for SUV in 2023.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2023 SUV 235x60 R18 1 235x60 R18 1
2022 SUV 225x60 R18 225x60 R18
2021 SUV 225x60 R18 225x60 R18
2020 SUV 225x60 R18 18x7.5 inches 225x60 R18 18x7.5 inches
2019 SUV 225x60 R18 18x7.5 inches 225x60 R18 18x7.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Lexus NX Wheel Sizes

Lexus NX Speed

The Lexus NX 250 will go from standstill to 100km/h (0-100km/h) in around 8.8 seconds, on the way to a 200km/h top speed.