Review of the 2016 Lexus NX 200T Base
In a world that’s full of luxury vehicles, Lexus tends to stand out from the rest. Sure, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Jaguar, Maserati, and a handful of others get more recognition, but Lexus brings a lot to the table. The 2016 NX 200t, for example, is one of Lexus’ best-selling models.
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Historically, Lexus has been, shall I say, a bit conservative in its styling preferences over the years. Some customers will love the new style while others may despise it. I’ll give it to Lexus -- they went out on a limb for this design and it truly stands out in a good way. Trying to set yourself apart from the luxury SUV crowd is difficult when you’re a big-time brand like Lexus. There is a ton of competition. However, as difficult as it is to get good footing in the luxury SUV space, Lexus has great traction when it comes to the 2016 NX 200t. Its in-your-face styling helps it stand out from the rest of the pack which is helped by bold angles and slashes. Not all customers will enjoy the Lexus SUV’s styling, but you can bet your bottom dollar that it will catch every onlooker’s eye.
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2016 Lexus NX 200t Review
When it comes to the interior, everyone can agree on its bountiful array of top-quality materials. From the dashboard to the air conditioning ducts, there isn’t a centimeter of space wasted on subpar material. Passengers will enjoy the same comfort as the driver with seats that are well-bolstered with spacious legroom to spare. The only drawback to having an ample amount of passenger space is the cargo area takes a hit. True, neglected cargo space is difficult to overlook if you’re a true crossover SUV connoisseur. However, if you’re not spending your weekends gallivanting across numerous camping sites or just don’t care about the lack of available cargo space, it’s easy to look beyond this issue.
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Standard equipment on the 2016 NX 200t includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, LED fog lights/running lights, rear privacy glass, LED brake lights, keyless ignition/entry, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, “NuLuxe” premium vinyl upholstery, leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, eight-way power front seats, and a 60/40-split-folding and reclining rear seat. Standard technology features include a 7-inch display screen, rearview camera, Bluetooth phone/audio connectivity, Siri Eyes Free voice controls for iPhone, an eight-speaker sound system with CD player, HD radio, satellite radio, AUX input, and a USB port.
Each 200t is eligible for a custom package. These packages include Comfort, Premium, Luxury, Navigation, and Stand-Alone. The Comfort package includes a power-adjustable steering wheel and driver-memory functions. The Premium package adds 18-inch wheels, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, heated and ventilated seats, and sunroof. The Luxury package combines features available in the Comfort and Premium packages as well as a power liftgate, automatic wipers, leather upholstery, heated steering wheel, and wood trim. The Navigation package includes a navigation system, Remote Touch electronics, two additional audio speakers, voice controls, smartphone-integrated apps, and a futuristic smartphone app that allows the driver to control and monitor certain vehicle functions remotely. Finally, the Stand-Alone package includes a portion of the above features plus a towing package, front and rear parking sensors, advances safety systems, upgraded LED headlamps, and wireless charging tray.
2016 Lexus NX 200t Specs
- Engine: 4-Cylinder Turbo 2.0 Liter
- Trim: Base
- Class: Premium Compact Utility
- Horsepower: 235 @ 4800 rpm
- Transmission: ECT-i 6 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode
- Body Style: SUV/Crossover
- Drivetrain: FWD
- Fuel Type: Unleaded Premium
- Seating Capacity: 5 persons
2016 Lexus NX 200T Gas Mileage
The 2016 Lexus NX 200T fuel efficiency is rated at 22 City/30 Highway by the EPA.
2016 Lexus NX 200T Safety
The NHTSA rated the 2016 NX 200t five-stars overall in their crash test. It earned four stars for frontal protection and five stars for side protection. The IIHS awarded it a Top Safety Pick+ which earned it the highest possible rating of “Good” in every crash test while receiving “Advanced” in front crash prevention.
What It Is…
- Full of high-quality interior materials.
- Great on performance.
- Spacious for rear-seat passengers.
What It Isn’t…
- Easy-to-use in a technological sense.
- A quiet ride.
- The best in fuel economy.
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