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STYLING | 7 out of 10
The first thing you see: this huge and leering mesh grille in full 3D, jutting out like a knife, dominating an entire front end otherwise made up of jagged edges, creases and lights that don't quite align.
Certain details are quite nice, such as the headlamp innards, gill-like bumper forms above the fog lamps, beautifully formed exterior mirrors, and cool, three-dimensional taillamps.
Car and Driver
Inside, the NX carries on the design direction first seen in the high-flying LFA's cockpit that has shown up in the GS and IS. Not only does the NX cabin look premium and sporty, it feels the part, too.
In the NX, there's no wood—unless you spring for the Luxury Package.
Road & Track
The 2015 Lexus NX is most notable for its startling design, which blends sharp creases, pointed shapes, and an almost fastback shape to make a crossover utility vehicle that's unlike anything else on the market. While the production vehicle has been toned down from earlier concept cars--which looked like angry vacuum cleaners that might eat your children--its exterior is still a large step toward the polarizing by Lexus. Whether it's to your taste, or whether luxury buyers will prove to prefer something quieter and subtler, remains to be seen.
The NX retains the basic two-box form of the crossover utility vehicle, though its sharply angled tailgate makes it far less rectilinear than the Audi, BMW, and Mercedes. There are a lot of sophisticated shapes in its lines, with lots of slashing angles and sharp points in the body creases, lights, and window lines.
A sharp crease angles up from the base of the front wheel well through the rear wheel to the line of the thin taillight, with a deep indentation in the door forming an asymmetrical sill in the base of the door. The front leads off with the most aggressive-yet version of the Lexus spindle grille shape, with a softly rising hoodline above it, flanked by narrow, swept-back headlights with an L-shaped band of LED daytime running lights outlining it.
The NX 200t F-Sport is likely the model that will appear in a much of the advertising for the vehicle. Its black mesh grille is significantly bolder than the chrome slats of the standard NX, and it also comes with metallic bumper moldings, black side mirrors, and two choices of 18-inch wheels. The optional 20-inch wheels give the compact Lexus crossover its most aggressive stance, and may offer the most visually appealing combination.
The interior of the NX is somewhat more restrained than its exterior. Still, the long and angled dash top and protruding console form an unusual Z-shape when looked at from the side. In keeping with its sportier positioning, the dashboard conveys more of a cockpit feel. The front compartment, in fact, has more in common with the Lexus IS sport sedan than the mid-size RX family crossover.
Colors and materials are in the usual Lexus palette of dark greys, muted silvers, and matte wood grains. The metallic accents contrast nicely with the softer trim and upholstery materials, complementing the large round gauges.
The aggressive exterior lines of the 2015 Lexus NX conceal a less radical interior, but it will be an acquired taste for many.