The NX300h and NX200t each come in three versions: Luxury, F-Sport and Sports Luxury. The least costly is Luxury, which has the equipment found in any Lexus NX. You can have front-drive only, or all-wheel drive. The more expensive F-Sport and Sports Luxury versions are AWD.
Paying more for an F-Sport also gets you adaptive suspension, which automatically softens the car’s ride for bumpy roads (and firms it up in corners to prevent the body from leaning). An additional Sports+ drive mode stiffens the ride to improve control in fast cornering. Paddles allow you to control the automatic gearbox from the steering column. Interior cosmetic touches include aluminium alloy control-pedal covers and door-sill scuff plates, while outside you get sportier looking bumper bars, front grille and wheels.
The power-adjusted front seats can be cooled (as well as heated), and the driver’s seat can remember your adjustments, which makes it easy to restore your setting after a companion has driven the car.
And you pick up some active safety aids: a blind-spot monitor warns when changing lanes that a vehicle is alongside, and a rear cross-traffic alert warns, when reversing, if something is crossing your path. The reversing camera is enhanced with a 360-degree panoramic view monitor, which gives you a bird’s eye view of the car to help you park in tight spaces.
Paying more again for a Sports Luxury gets you leather-accented interior trim (other versions have leather-like synthetic trim), and a power-operated sunroof. Headlamps dip automatically for oncoming drivers. There is a better sound system, and the cabin trim substitutes woodgrain highlights for the F-Sport’s metallic look.
It also brings an active safety package that includes auto emergency braking, lane-departure warning, active cruise control, and a head-up display (which projects a speedo and other instruments into your line of sight). This is also available, with the sound system and auto-dipping headlamps, as an option pack in F Sport versions. (For more on these systems, please open the Safety section below.)