The other week, the husband and I went on a quick road trip driving the 2017 Lexus NX 200T. We went to Maryland to visit family and for our niece’s birthday. This time of the year is filled with back to back holiday travels. From birthdays to Thanksgiving, Christmas season, and New Year’s, we always find ourselves on the road during the holiday season. That’s why safety is most important to me when it comes to choosing a vehicle. The Lexus NX 200T delivered on that.
Holiday Travel with the Lexus NX 200T
What I’m going to share with you today about the 2017 Lexus NX 200T is how it performed during our weekend trip and how I’m liking the vehicle in general. I’ll tell you which features stood out to me the most, and I’m also sharing what I felt was lacking in the car. But if you want the full details on this crossover, head over to Lexus’ website here. Note that what they have up on their site is already the newer 2018 model.
The Looks (Exterior) and the Interior
I love the look of the Lexus NX 200T. It’s chic and compact. It’s got a sleek and sporty look to it. I definitely recommend it to young professionals and couples with no kids (because of the small size). And yes, it has been raining non-stop for days when we took these photos. But we gotta do what we gotta do!
The tilt and slide moonroof is always appreciated! Luckily, we had a nice day to use it before it started raining non-stop!
Seats are comfortable and might I add, looking stylish!
Despite the car being small, the interior is still pretty spacious. Leg space was pretty good!
This detachable mirror that covers one of the compartments in the center console was pretty confusing and unnecessary to me. But after looking at these photos, I now think it can be pretty handy when you’re trying to look for small things that might have fallen underneath the seats, etc.
Trunk space is pretty small as you can see. So if you’re a family of four with a ton of baggage, a bigger SUV would be a better option for you. For a couple, this would be a good size.
The backseat can easily go down with a press of a button to make more room in the trunk.
While it goes all the way down, it isn’t flat out leveled with the trunk space though. Still, you can pile on the luggage, gifts, and food you’re bringing to your family!
Here’s another shot of me sitting in the trunk for reference to the size. It is small. But with a crossover SUV, you get a compact size that’s easy to drive and PARK, but still enjoy that sporty SUV look!
The car is loaded with features but I feel some of the technology used can be improved on.
Features: Hits and Misses
Turbo engine – This Lexus NX 200T comes with a 2.0 liter turbo 16-valve DOHC. It’s got drive mode select. So I can choose Eco, Normal, or Sport. I always go with the Eco to help save fuel, but driving in Sport is pretty sweet too.
Very responsive adaptive cruise control – I like how the adaptive cruise control responds very well in the NX 200T. It stops when a car stops in front of you (i.e. in a traffic light), and that you can resume when the car in front starts moving. I feel so much safer driving this car.
Auto-bright headlamps – one of my favorite features in this car is the auto-bright headlamps. In case you don’t know, we love to go on road trips ALL. THE. TIME. We have never driven a vehicle with an auto-bright feature before. So we tested this out in our recent trip and boy, THAT WAS LIFE-CHANGING! It automatically detects oncoming traffic, or if there’s a car ahead of you, it turns it off. It goes back on when there’s no car ahead – whether on the opposite side of the road or in front of you. This feature just makes traveling so much easier. It can be hard to drive at night especially on empty pitch-black roads. So having an auto-bright feature to do all the work for you, so you can focus on driving, is pretty amazing.
Dome lights with sensor – it may be a small thing, but when you’re on a dark road and need to open the lights, not having to struggle to find the button to turn it on comes in handy. It senses your finger/hand when you’re trying to reach for the light and it turns it on. By the way, it also has a Safety Connect “SOS” button in there that’s a good feature to have. You’ll never know.
Navigation/screen could be better – looking at the screen, you can tell the interface looks older than what we’re seeing today. I checked Lexus’ website and so happy to report that they’ve updated this for the 2018 model!
They also updated the rest of the dash, but I like that they kept that analog clock because that looks pretty cool!
This is probably my least favorite in the NX 200T – the remote touchpad. I would prefer a touchscreen. It’s a bit slow to respond, IMHO.
Overall: Safe Car with a Good Starting Price
The Lexus NX has a starting price of around $36K. It’s a good starting point for a crossover SUV. But when you add in the extras, like what’s included in this car for example – it comes to almost $50K. I would expect newer technology when it comes to the dash, navigation, controls, etc. at that price. But the selling point for me is the safety, performance, and responsiveness of the vehicle, which is the most important thing. I think it’s such a great car to drive.
As someone who goes on road trips all the time, I appreciate it even more. It’s so comfortable to drive because you feel safer with the lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control features. Even the auto-bright headlamps was such a big help for our road trip. I definitely recommend checking out a Lexus if you’re in the market for SUV’s. And with the newer 2018 models, I’m excited to see the new upgrades they made.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own.