Fuel Economy / MPG » 8
GREEN | 8 out of 10
The 2015 Lexus NX 200t is expected to be rated by the EPA at 24 mpg combined with either front- or all-wheel drive. Highway mileage is expected to be 28 mpg for both, though AWD drops project city-cycle fuel economy to 21 mpg from the FWD model's 22 mpg. That's about average for a luxury compact crossover with 235 hp.
The hybrid NX 300h should get better ratings, at 32 mpg combined (33 mpg city, 30 mpg highway) for the all-wheel-drive model and 33 mpg combined (35 city, 31 highway). That's a better rating than the two diesels in the segment, with 28 mpg combined delivered by the diesel Mercedes GLK 250 BlueTEC and 27 mpg combined from the Audi Q5 TDI.
In both cases, though, it remains to be seen whether the real-world mileage delivered by the new Lexus NX lives up to its EPA ratings. The larger Lexus RX hybrid mid-size crossover, for one, tends to underachieve its EPA ratings slightly. Our own road tests of the German diesel crossovers, however, showed that they were often capable of delivering significantly better efficiency than their EPA ratings.
The 2015 Lexus NX gets decent but not exceptional fuel-efficiency ratings, but can the hybrid hit its numbers in real-world use?