Lexus has a solid and successful SUV in the RX series, which has dominated the luxury SUV market for more than 15 years. It could use that leverage to field a new, smaller vehicle and compete in a new category.
Take the Toyota RAV4, put in a new engine, use a sexy new Lexus body, add some luxurious and hi-tech amenities, and BAM! We have the new Lexus NX, due in dealerships next month.
With pricing and specs now released, we ask: Is the NX a worthy competitor in this market, or will looking used be a better buy?
- All-wheel-drive is not standard.
- Pricing begins higher than the competition.
- Power lags behind the competition.
The starting price of the NX 200t is $35,405 with front-wheel drive and $36,805 for AWD. The hybrid NX 300h is priced from $40,645 for FWD and $42,235 for AWD. The standard engine is a 235-hp 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbo 4-cylinder. Other vehicles in the segment offer more power and have lower starting prices.
But there are some positives to the new NX.
- The design is outrageous and will appeal to younger drivers.
- The amount of technology stuffed into the NX rivals nuclear submarines.
- It’s a Lexus, so you can be sure of two things: reliability and resale value.
If you don’t mind paying the price, the NX will be a superstar of a car. It’ll be posh, comfortable and easy to drive, and it will make a bold statement. To save a few bucks while getting the same Lexus comfort and even more capability, look for a used RX.
Would you consider a new Lexus NX?