2016 Lexus NX 200t

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Lexus NX 200t. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Cabin quality
  • Relatively roomy backseat
  • Many standard features, upscale options
  • Fuel efficiency with either drivetrain
  • Responsive transmission in NX 200t

The Bad

  • Engine/transmission response in NX 300h
  • Mushy brakes in NX 300h
  • Smallish cargo area
  • Usability of navigation system

Notable Features of the 2016 Lexus NX 200t

  • Five-seat crossover SUV slots below RX 350
  • Turbo NX 200t or hybrid NX 300h
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • F Sport model available (NX 200t)

What Is the 2016 Lexus NX 200t?

The 2016 Lexus NX 200t is a five-seat compact SUV that competes with the Acura RDXAudi Q5 and BMW X3. It's offered in two trim levels: Base and F Sport. All-wheel drive is available on both trims. There's also an NX 300h Hybrid, which is covered separately.

What's New on the 2016 Lexus NX 200t?

The Lexus NX gets subscription-based Lexus Enform Remote, which lets the driver unlock the doors or start the engine from their smartphone. In addition, Lexus Enform Service Connect provides maintenance and warning light notifications, as well as a vehicle health report that can be viewed via an app or website.

How Does the 2016 Lexus NX 200t Compare to Other SUVs?

The NX provides some driving fun and occupant comfort, but its smaller size means anyone with serious cargo needs should look elsewhere or stick to the brand's popular RX.

What Features in the 2016 Lexus NX 200t Are Most Important?

The 2016 Lexus NX 200t comes equipped with a 235-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, front-wheel drive and 17-inch wheels. Heated side mirrors, a backup camera and a spoiler are also standard. The cabin includes power front seats, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth streaming audio,  automatic air conditioning and a split, folding backseat. As required in all new vehicles in this model year, front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are standard equipment.

Significant available features include all-wheel drive, 18-inch wheels, a power liftgate, a power moonroof, auto-dimming side mirrors and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Cabin add-ons include a navigation system, a heated steering wheel and heated and ventilated front seats. Driver assists like a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert, a pre-collision system with adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning are also available.

Should I Buy the 2016 Lexus NX 200t?

Cabin quality, generous features and a spacious backseat are a few of the 2016 Lexus NX's strengths. It's also a fuel-efficient SUV, whether it's equipped with front- or all-wheel drive. If you need a spacious cargo area, however, you may want to consider the Lexus RX.

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2016 Lexus NX 200t Overview

by Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

So classy and comfortable I don?t want to get out

by Melabelle from MD on August 2, 2018

I love it?s look inside and out! I was searching for a car with the perfect comfortable driver?s seat and I found one! Great lumbar support for my back and such a luxurious car to come with it! Read full review

(5.0)

I may only ever drive Lexus from now on

by TMoney from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on July 30, 2018

We haven't owned it very long but the vehicle has beat our expectations so far. It's just a very well thought out, well built, well manufactured vehicle. We've owned everything from Porsche's to Honda... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Lexus NX 200t currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Lexus NX 200t Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
good
Retraints and dummy kinematics
good
Structure and safety cage
good

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Restraints and dummy kinematics
good
Small overlap front
good
Structure and safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Lexus

Program Benefits

Every L/Certified vehicle now comes with an unlimited-mileage warranty up to 6 years, complimentary maintenance plan. Each L/Certified Pre-Owned Lexus must pass a rigorous inspection and be thoroughly reconditioned to meet the same high standards as a new Lexus. Exclusively at a Lexus dealership.

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Mileage Warranty Up To 6 Years

    Warranty is valid for a minimum of two years/unlimited mileage after the expiration of 4 yr/50,000 mile new vehicle Basic Warranty, or two years from L/Certified purchase or lease date, whichever occurs later.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 70,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 161 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The NX 200t received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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