2017 Lexus NX 200t

Compact crossovers are very popular vehicles with many drivers, but they can be a little boring. That's where the Lexus NX 200t comes in.

When Lexus introduced the NX 200t last year, I was impressed how it stands out in a crowded field of crossovers. The formula works so well that changes are few on the latest version.

In addition to aggressive styling, our review machine has the F Sport package that includes all-wheel drive. LED headlights are a $1,000 option.

This NX 200t has the additional $2,000 premium F Sport package with heated seats, a power adjustable wheel, and moonroof. Optional navigation includes a touchpad controller that takes some getting used to because it’s easy to overshoot your target on the screen. The automatic is a slick six-speed.

Row two is generous when it comes to passenger room. However, cargo space is another story; it’s a bit tight. If you don’t need row two, folding helps, but the cargo floor is not flat. There is storage room under the floor.

A potent 2.0 liter turbo four cranks out 235 horsepower. A hybrid model is available.

There are not many crossovers that are fun to drive, but this is one of them. Cruising is still quiet enough to fit the Lexus image.

So, for the 2016 Lexus NX 200t F Sport, I say thumbs up to the styling, great interior, and fun-to-drive element; thumbs down to the tight cargo space.

I averaged about 25 miles-per-gallon on premium gas in the Lexus. The as-tested sticker price is $46,440.

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