2017 Lexus NX

Lexus makes incredibly stunning cars.  Their design is my personal favorite around the industry.  If you look at the RC, LC 500, IS and GS, they are a young mans dream.

Sharp angles, sleek roof lines, athletic stances, massive grilles and intakes, Lexus’ cars have all the makings of great design.

Lexus’ SUV division has been in need of some love in recent years.  The RX from 2015 was one of the most outdated designs I’ve ever seen, and it wasn’t until last year that we saw a major overhaul.  The 2015 Lexus RX is honestly a luxury Buick Rendezvous.

On a complete turn of events, the new Lexus RX is one of the most beautiful SUV’s out there.  Lexus’ design team is really working their magic.

The Japanese luxury make is continuing this trend into the new 2017 Lexus NX.  It is essentially a baby RX, which is perfect.

I could rave about Lexus’ design all day, but the 2017 Lexus NX looks great.  It may not resonate with an  older crowd, but as a young man, angles that look like they’ll cut you are a win.

Between the Lexus RX and NX, you get sports car looks in an SUV package.  They do a very good job hiding that they are in fact utility vehicles.

The Exterior-2017 Lexus NX:

2017 Lexus NX

Depending on what package or trim you get for the 2017 Lexus NX, the character of the exterior is changed.  For the 200t, you get a large horizontally cut grille.  For the models with F sport, the grille is formed into a black chrome example that is just awesome looking.

The front end is pinched toward the middle of the grille where the Lexus emblem is. Every model features this now, and it looks incredible.  The side intakes are strong slashes made into the body work that match the car perfectly.

Lexus continues to feature a main headlight design and a secondary check mark design of LED’s underneath.  This design is very unique to Lexus and sets the aggressive tone for the rest of the vehicle.

The standard front end is much more contemporary (if you can call it that) than the F-Sport equipped one.

On the side, Lexus continues to redefine the way SUV’s look.  The side skirts are aggressively bulged out and look chiseled.  The fenders are flared as well, especially the rear ones.  Adding more character to the side of an SUV is getting more and more important.

2017 Lexus NX

As for the rear, the 2017 Lexus NX mirrors a lot of the front.  The pinched design toward the middle, a striking tail light design and pointed angles.  The dual exhaust tips go along with the whole scheme of the car as well.

Overall, the exterior of the 2017 Lexus NX makes the SUV look much more sporty.  With that said, I can see lower-end models reaching the same fate of the previous RX model.

The shape of the nose on the 200t looks a lot like the nose on that 2015 RX I was talking about, which worries me about how the NX will age.

The Interior-2017 Lexus NX:

2017 Lexus NX interior

I am pretty indifferent about the interior of the 2017 Lexus NX.  That might surprise you, because I just got done raving paragraph after paragraph about the exterior.

Lexus usually (recently) surprises me with how lovely their interiors are.  I know there are some people who might not agree, but I love the interior of the Lexus RC.

As for the 2017 Lexus NX, I do wish they did better.

The passenger and driver cells are lovely, as they should be.  The contrast stitching and plenty of leather always look good.

With that said, the center stack and console disappoint me.  Lexus tried to combine a bunch of designs into one small space and it didn’t work.

You’ll notice the sharp curve that separates the lower half of the stack from the upper half which makes sense on paper, but not here.

Lexus also incorporated round air vents in the center that again don’t make sense.  They look great on other Lexus models, but not the NX.

And finally, the screen that comes out of the dash.  It might not actually be small, but it looks tiny because of the way the rest of the interior is designed.

It looks very far away from the drivers eyes, which is also a slight driving inconvenience.

Lastly, the center tunnel is populated by too many buttons.  Again, this will age poorly.

I do want to love the inside, but I just can’t.

The Performance-2017 Lexus NX:   

First, I want to say that I wish Lexus would make some more powerful engines.  I said this a lot before, but Lexus’ cars are absolutely breath taking, but they don’t have the oomph to back it up.

The base engine for the 2017 Lexus NX is a 2.0 L four cylinder turbo that turns out 235 horsepower.  This translates to a 0-60 time of 7.2 seconds.

As of right now, that is the only engine you can get in the 2017 Lexus NX.

The F-sport 200t has the same power delivery, but tuned suspension.

As for the 2017 Lexus NX 300h, you get a total of 194 horse power from the whole hybrid system.  Fuel mileage is great though; You get 31 combined MPG.

The Specs:

 

Vehicle Type: Cross over SUV
Power Plant: 2.0 L four cylinder turbo
Gearbox: 7 speed automatic (est.)
Power: 194 – 235 HP
MPG: Up to 35 Highway/25 City
Torque: 195 Lb-ft – 240 lb-ft.
Length: 182.3 Inches (4.63 Meters)
Width: 73.2 Inches (1.85 Meters)
Height: 64.8 Inches (1.64 Meters)
Wheelbase: 104.7 Inches (2.65 Meters)
Top Speed: 130 MPH (209 KPH)
Seating: 5 Adults
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): 9 – 7.3 seconds
Base Price: $35,200 (est).

 

Sum It Up:

The 2017 Lexus NX is a beautiful SUV.  I just wish the interior was a bit more up to Lexus’ own standards.

Expect a release date for the 2017 Lexus NX a bit later this year, but just around the corner.

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