The 2015 Lexus NX was a finalist in our Sport Utility of the Year competition, and now we have official pricing on most of the lineup. Lexus has revealed pricing information on the new luxury compact crossover, which is set to start at $35,405, including destination.
That price tag belongs to the NX 200t, which boasts the Japanese automaker's first turbocharged engine. We recently tested the NX 200t and praised the new engine, saying it has very little lag and felt smooth and gutsy. The 2.0-liter turbo-four makes 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the front wheels via a nicely tuned six-speed automatic, though the power could be sent to all four wheels by adding all-wheel drive for $1400. The NX 300h hikes the price up and barely breaks the $40K barrier at $40,645. All-wheel drive can be added for $1590, which brings the total up to $42,235.
The NX 300h pumps up the fuel economy factor with a 2.5-liter I-4 that works together with two rear electric motors for a total output of 194 hp. A continuously variable transmission puts that power to the ground, though Lexus estimates more buyers will lean toward the NX 200t, as NX 300h is expected to account for 10 percent of total sales.
There's also the NX 200t F Sport, which adds a bit more flair with blacked out elements and sexy two-tone upholstery inside the cabin. Unlike the IS F Sport, the NX 200t does not get the eight-speed automatic transmission and sticks with the six-speed in the regular NX 200t. Since the F Sport is mostly a visual upgrade, it doesn't get a power bump, either. Pricing has not yet been revealed for the NX 200t F Sport, though we wouldn't be surprised if it also broke the $40K mark.
The NX could be a more attractive option for buyers considering the Audi Q5, which starts at $39,825. The 2015 Lexus NX first goes on sale on November 18 on the West Coast, and on November 26 on the East Coast.