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Lexus NX (2014 – 2021)

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Summary


The Lexus NX is a medium-sized premium SUV/crossover, which sits between the smaller UX and larger RX in the Lexus SUV range. This model arrived in the UK in late 2014 and ended production in 2021, including a mid-life update in late 2018.

Originally offered with either pure petrol or petrol-electric hybrid powertrains, for the last few years of its life it was only available in hybrid format, known as the NX 300h.

The NX received mixed reviews from the UK motoring media throughout its life, with scores ranging from below average to very good. However, the premium mid-sized SUV market is full of very talented rivals, and the NX’s Expert Rating of 55% at the end of its life put it in the bottom half of the class.

The Lexus NX received particular praise for its build quality and interior fitout, which were considered to be as good as any rivals in this segment. However, the NX was criticised for lifeless driving dynamics, a poor infotainment system and a harsh ride compared to the leading cars in this segment.

In a 2020 What Car? survey of the 50 most reliable cars in the UK up to eight years old, the Lexus NX ranked an outstanding 5th place.

An all-new Lexus NX was revealed in June 2021 and began arriving in the UK at the end of the year.

Key specifications


Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol-electric hybrid
Price: From £36,300 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2014
Last updated: Winter 2018/19
End of production: Autumn 2021


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2014

82%

ADULT OCCUPANT

82%

CHILD OCCUPANT

69%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

71%

SAFETY ASSIST

Expired safety rating

The Lexus NX was originally crash tested by Euro NCAP back in 2014 and awarded a five-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2020 and is no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required for such a rating.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Lexus NX was not lab tested by Green NCAP during its production life.

Security rating


Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

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Rating: Superior | Good | Basic | Poor | Unacceptable
Relay Attack: Fail

Date: 2019

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Lexus NX received

2020

  • Auto Trader Awards – Best Hybrid Car

2018

  • Auto Express Driver Power Survey – Best premium mid-size SUV + Best model for reliability and build quality

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Lexus NX (2014 – 2021)The Lexus NX received mixed reviews through its life, with scores ranging from poor to very good. Overall, it ranked it in the bottom half of the medium SUV field.