From the outside, the 2017 NX 200t will feature the same look as last year’s model, including all the hard angles, various creases, and massive Spindle grille. In terms of standard features, the 2017 model should carry the same bits as the 2016 NX 200t, including 17-inch wheels, LED fog lights, headlights and taillights, tinted glass, and more. The NX 200t does fall a little short of the X3 as the Bimmer, which comes standard with a standard power liftgate and 18-nch wheels, but it still presents a great value.
Inside, the 2017 NX 200t should continue its carryover ways with its standard dual-zone climate control, rearview camera, 7-inch display, eight-speaker sound system, and more. If there is one area that the 2017 NX 200t will see mild upgrades, it’s the cabin. In here, we may see a few new tech items like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Powering the 2017 Lexus NX 200t will be the same 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that propelled the 2016 model. This engine spits out a respectable 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, putting it on a pretty level playing field with the 240-horsepower X3 28i. This engine does fall short of the RDX’s 3.5-liter V6, which churns out 270 ponies, but its 25 mpg combined easily trumps the Acura’s 23 mpg combined. The engine pairs with a somewhat dated six-speed automatic—the X3 uses a more advanced eight-speed unit—that delivers power to the front wheels or all four with its available all-wheel drive.
Safety is certainly a strong point for the NX 200t as the 2016 model received a five-star rating from the NHTSA and the IIHS labeled it a Top Safety Pick+. These high marks are courtesy of Lexus’ quality construction paired with a slew of airbags, a rearview camera, Lexus Enform Safety Connect, and more. All the safety bits and ratings should carry into 2017 unchanged.