The Lexus recipe for success: Hide the Toyota mass-market roots under the Lexus logo by filling a car with amenities and luxury trappings, a more supple ride, and a quiet, soothing cabin. Even a pro can't sniff out the Camry beneath an ES sedan. But with the new, compact NX, the souffle falls. The car doesn't coddle you like the wildly successful Lexus RX -- the midsized crossover vehicle that started the whole craze.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

The Lexus recipe for success: Hide the Toyota mass-market roots under the Lexus logo by filling a car with amenities and luxury trappings, a more supple ride, and a quiet, soothing cabin. Even a pro can't sniff out the Camry beneath an ES sedan. But with the new, compact NX, the souffle falls. The car doesn't coddle you like the wildly successful Lexus RX -- the midsized crossover vehicle that started the whole craze. Nor does it thrill you with BMW-like handling. It just feels like an upmarket Toyota RAV4.

With a snout borrowed from a large-mouth bass and a body with more creases than a churro pastry, the NX is the most un-Lexus Lexus we've tested. From a brand that made its bones building vanilla-mobiles, the NX is a swing in the other direction.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (235 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 hybrid (194 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Lexus NX owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Blind Spot Monitoring System Malfunction"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Lexus NX 200t 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen freezes up

"Screen freezes up and unable to use GPS."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Lexus NX 200t 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This has happened when using the nav system"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Lexus NX 200t 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Nav system would freeze and stop working. Remote starter would not work;"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Lexus NX 200t 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"track pad broken"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Lexus NX 200t 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Not a touch screen.Its a track pad, difficult to use and unsafe for the driver."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Lexus NX 200t 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Although the vehicle is only one and a half years old, GPS is not accurate and keeps getting me lost."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Lexus NX 200t 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The system wouldn't allow the driver to take a call or would drop the call on bluetooth. Dealership fixed the problem with a software update."

Anonymous, (2016 Lexus NX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"The voice recognition system should be reworked.. When you ask for a specific person it invariably comes up with someone else. Extremely frustrating almost to the point of getting another vehicle"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Lexus NX 200t 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Dash vibrates. Dealer unable to locate problem."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Lexus NX 200t 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Plastic below display screen squeaks on rough roads"

Arthur W., FL (2016 Lexus NX 200t F Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rattling in back compartment and it was in the shop for about 7 days to find it and fix it."

James S., CA (2016 Lexus NX 300h 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Vibration in rear hatch from trim when bass from radio was on. Had to return to dealer3x before it was insulated properly to solve the problem"

Wendy C., CT (2016 Lexus NX 200t F Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Squeak in dash below display"

Arthur W., FL (2016 Lexus NX 200t F Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car is squeaky when going over bumpy roads."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Lexus NX 200t 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"Wind noise located around back passenger window."

Anonymous, OK (2016 Lexus NX 200t F Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"actually the car does not have any wind noise at all. I selected this option pick because it relates to noise. The fact really is this car has excessive road noise in my opinion, and it is not a tire problem but rather poor insulation. Considering it is a Lexus I am disappointed."

Gregory O., CT (2016 Lexus NX 200t 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Blind spot warning stopped working. Entire new mirror was needed. Covered under warranty. Annoying"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Lexus NX 200t 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"A sensor could malfunction so it was checked and shown to be safe."

James O., PA (2016 Lexus NX 200t F Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Manufacturer recall was a preventive measure: possible problem with passenger airbag. My vehicle was inspected & no problem was found."

Gregory S., IL (2016 Lexus NX 200t 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The Blind spot warning suddenly stops working."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Lexus NX 200t 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Parking brake

"Nation wide recall"

Anonymous, MD (2016 Lexus NX 200t 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There was a recall on the hold/ parking break that activates when you are stopped at a light. It was resolved conpletely"

Carla W., FL (2016 Lexus NX 200t 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There was a recall related to the parking brake software"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Lexus NX 200t 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Drivers side stopped cooling. Took over one month to get part."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Lexus NX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"fan does not automatically go on high when the vehicle is hot inside to cool faster"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Lexus NX 200t F Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The electronics for the car would not allow the car to cool down."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Lexus NX 200t F Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"The high beam manual switch does not keep the high beams on when activated"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Lexus NX 200t 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Interior lights

"The dome lights failed because their fuse was blown. Dealer said it wasn't Lesus' problem because additional non-factory-lighting was installed (illuminated 'Lexus' on each side visible only when the doors are open). But Lexus installed this feature before it's original delivery to a dealer. So I found their response unacceptable and pressed for a response from higher authority. Eventually a Lexus engineer came to the dealership and recommended changing out a computer module. This definitely helped, but did not keep the dome fuse from blowing intermittently - usually after 2-3 weeks in service. The dealer refused to install a 15A fuse in place of the original 10A fuse citing safety responsibility concerns. I am a retired NASA electrical engineer and have in that role been responsible for designs with implications for the safety the safety of research pilots. I know that fuses are installed primarily to protect wiring from causing a fire, etc., should their load be too great. So, substituting a 15A fuse for a 10A fuse has essentially no impact on the safety of the automobile. With a 15A fuse in place, it still blows but very rarely. So the electrical problem isn't truly 'fixed' but mitigated to a reasonable extent by my choice, not a Lexus choice. Please, call me at 813-926-9516 if you would like to learn more in detail about this situation."

Karl A., FL (2016 Lexus NX 200t 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel pump

"Heard noise from below and checked by the dealer. No engine light. They suspected the fuel pump but did nothing. Next day, vehicle was dead in the middle of the road after a stop. All warning lights were on. Waited 3 hours for tow truck. took two days to replace the fuel pump. No cost to me but wasted my time."

Anonymous, BC (2016 Lexus NX 200t 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Windows

"The window and door assembly on this car is not well designed at all for New England winters. Water gets inside the door assembly and stays there. Anytime after it rains, opening/closing the window results in a seriously wet window inside and out. When temps drop, the windows are oftentimes unusable and this is truly not just an inconvenience but also a safety issue. Dealer has not been helpful on this at all despite a couple of attempts to have this addressed. Further, in looking at the overall design Lexus chose for this model’s doors and seals, it is heavily dependent on a lot of flexible plastic and rubber which catches and holds all sorts of road dirt and debris and must be carefully wiped off periodically. As a previous owner of several Lexus RX vehicles (several generations) while the NX is sportier and more fun to drive (IMO), I find the build quality overall not up to par with my previous Lexus vehicles and likely will not consider another due, in part to both the doors/windows challenge (and the dealer’s attitude) as well as little squeaks and rattles that again, I never experienced in any of my RX vehicles."

G C., MA (2016 Lexus NX 200t 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

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