Did you know there has never been a turbo in the Lexus lineup? The new Lexus NX is the first model to feature a turbocharged engine and is also the first turbo their parent company Toyota has built since 1998. So you could imagine our curiosity and excitement when we got the opportunity to get behind the wheel of what could be the beginning of a full line of turbo-powered products from Lexus.
Angular and imposing, the edgy lines of the NX offer a unique and compelling option against its European rivals in the crossover segment. Speaking of aesthetics, place the NX200t F SPORT against the Q5, X3, and GLK and you may just find the Lexus to be the most striking of the bunch. The F SPORT's signature spindle grille is enormous and aggressive, perfectly complementing the sharp contours of the front end.
What lies behind the grille is a 2.0L four-cylinder with a twin-scroll turbo which helped power us through San Francisco's steep hills and once we hit flatter roads the car become more coupe than crossover. Though the F SPORT has a more rigid setup with MacPherson struts and double wishbone suspension, it still delivered the plushness and comfort you would expect in a Lexus.
On the inside you'll find a race-inspired interior that's exclusive to the F SPORT with its perforated detailing, contrast stitching, aluminum pedals, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. On the technology front Lexus offers a variety of options including their new remote touchpad with haptic feedback, voice-enabled controls that allow you to control things like cabin temperature, navigation, entertainment, and phone calls, and even a Qi-compatible charging tray is available for wirelessly charging your phone.
With the navigation system equipped, you get access to the Lexus Enform App that turns your phone into a smart-key of sorts letting you remotely start your engine, lock/unlock your doors, see how much gas you have left in the tank, locate your car, and it even lets you set a mileage and speed limit if you've lent your car to another person.
With the NX, Lexus has delivered an exciting package of design, power, and technology that not only puts them shoulder to shoulder with their European rivals, but continues the momentum of what is becoming an exciting era for the luxury automaker.
The Lexus Culinary Classic
One of our stops during test of the NX was the first ever Lexus Culinary Classic which took place at Cavallo Point in Sausalito, CA. The weekend-long event brought together eleven chefs from the company's Hotel Partnership Program who whipped up some of their best dishes from properties such as the Blackberry Farm in Tennessee, Topping Rose House in the Hamptons, and the St. Regis Aspen, just to name a few.
The event shined a light on one of the best benefits to owning a Lexus, their Hotel Partnership Program. The program gives owners special offers like a Complimentary Boat Tour at the Lake Placid Lodge, Various Dining and Resort Credits, and even a complimentary dinner at the famed Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, CA.
Find out more about these benefits at lexus.com.
The Lexus NX200t F SPORT
- Power: 2.0L four-cylinder, 235 hp, 258 lb-ft of torque
- Performance: 0-60 in 7.2 seconds
- Fuel Efficiency: 21/28/24 (AWD) 22/28/25 (FWD)
- Price: From $36,580
Check out the NX and more at lexus.com.