Used Guide: Lexus NX 2015-2021


5 Tips for Finding a First-Class Example of a Used Lexus NX

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Powered by the first-ever Lexus turbo engine, the NX entered the scene for the 2015 model year, debuting models like the NX 200t and NX 300h as both conventional and hybrid-powered variants.

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With a four-cylinder turbo or four-cylinder hybrid, the NX’s powertrain selection helped it meet nearly every buyer’s desire for punchy performance and fuel economy.

Buyers can expect the hybrid engine to use around 2.5 liters less fuel for every 100 kilometers driven compared to the more powerful turbo engine.

The NX 200t, with its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, develops 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. The NX 300h, with its 2.5-liter hybrid engine, generates 194 horsepower and 152 lb-ft.

Look for automatic transmissions and all-wheel-drive (AWD) on both model lines, plus optional equipment packages for features like a 10-speaker audio system, head-up display, driver assistance lane keeping, reversing sensors, voice-activated navigation, and more. If you’re looking for something sporty, consider an F-Sport-equipped model, which offered sport-tuned suspension, LED fog lamps, unique grille and wheels, an available adaptive suspension system, and more.

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Major competitors included machines like the VOlvo XC40, Audi Q3, Acura RDX, Jaguar E-Pace, and Infiniti QX50.

Check out the related links and stories for more Lexus NX reviews, news, specs and other information, and read on for five tips to ensure you find the best used Lexus NX you can. for the dollar.

2018 Lexus NX300
2018 Lexus NX300 Photo by Peter Bleakney

Tip 1: which model is the best

Which Lexus NX model is right for you? With a turbocharged four-cylinder, expect more punchy performance and a more exciting ride, in exchange for the possibility of higher insurance premiums and fuel costs.

A hybrid-powered model is a solid choice for many buyers, thanks to its fuel-efficient engine and the likelihood of higher resale value on used hybrid vehicles in the future as fuel prices rise. fuel continue to increase.

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If it’s in your budget, a 2018 or newer unit might be best, as new interior and exterior details, a new connected vehicle system, revised suspension and increased standard safety content have all gone live. that year to add more value.

2018 Lexus NX300
2018 Lexus NX300 Photo by Peter Bleakney

Tip 2: Check the infotainment system

Infotainment system problems are among the most commonly reported of any modern vehicle, so be sure to check the system carefully in any used Lexus NX you’re considering.

Check for outdated cards, sufficient number of USB charging ports, proper functioning of all buttons, menus, remotes and other functions, and be sure to confirm adequate connectivity and audio quality for Bluetooth phone calls and streaming sound before buying.

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Carefully inspect the screen for signs of peeling, bubbles, or other damage, reported by a small number of owners.

Look for Apple CarPlay functionality from model year 2018 and Android Auto functionality from model year 2020.

Note that using a fresh, healthy battery and the latest software updates can make the NX’s infotainment system more reliable.

2018 Lexus NX300
2018 Lexus NX300 Photo by Peter Bleakney

Tip 3: Other controls and interfaces

Some owners have complained about sometimes non-functional steering wheel controls, stereo system volume controls, and touch controls. Most did not.

During your test drive, triple check the proper operation of all driver-accessible forward controls, paying particular attention to these areas. Note that a center display screen that freezes, shuts off, or even sporadically displays the rear view camera image while driving forward are other signs of rare but costly issues, which may require replacement of electronics and equipment to be repaired.

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Make sure you can also adjust the information displayed and the brightness of the instrument cluster computer.

If there’s a problem with the main controls, interfaces, or displays of the used NX you’re considering, you’ll want to know about it before you buy. Ask a dealership technician to investigate if you have any concerns, before signing a check.

2018 Lexus NX300h
2018 Lexus NX300h Photo by Peter Bleakney

Tip 4: Suspension noise and rattling

Some owners have reported issues with unwanted noise from Lexus NXs in certain situations. Most did not.

During your test drive, visit a rough road, quiet the cabin and listen carefully if you hear a tapping, clicking or popping noise, perhaps coming from just under your feet or somewhere under the rear of the vehicle.

Unwanted sounds may indicate that one or more suspension components may need attention, while a lighter, “plastic on metal” tapping or clicking sound may indicate that one or more clips plastic under the body need to be replaced. Noises like these can sometimes be a sign of more serious issues, so before you buy, have a technician investigate if you notice anything concerning.

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Interior squeaks and rattles are among the most common annoyances reported by the ownership community, so be on the lookout to make sure the ride quality of the used NX you’re considering is up to your standards.

2018 Lexus NX300h
2018 Lexus NX300h Photo by Peter Bleakney

Tip 5: Vacuum regulator

Some owners have reported issues with the vacuum control valve on the 2-liter turbo engine.

This valve helps control the operation of the engine’s turbocharger and, if faulty, can cause the NX’s power delivery to feel like it’s surging or “rocking” when the throttle is applied regularly, as well as engine noises unwanted sounds (including hissing, buzzing or buzzing). ) and reduced output power.

During your test drive, be sure the turbo engine accelerates smoothly at low throttle from a variety of different speeds, and that the power delivery is smooth and satisfying, not lumpy and inconsistent.

Many owners have had faulty vacuum control valves replaced under warranty and reported a much better ride with new parts installed. This issue seems to be more common among earlier 2015 and 2016 model year units.

2018 Lexus NX300
2018 Lexus NX300 Photo by Peter Bleakney

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These tips are designed to help tester buyers more easily identify potential issues reported by some owners. A careful test drive and buying process focused on the above areas can help you find a first-class example of a used Lexus NX.


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