A heated steering wheel is now optional, only on AWD models. Foglights are now powered by LEDs. Siri Eyes-Free makes it simpler to use your iPhone in the car. IS F Sport gets standard heated and cooled front seats, heated steering wheel on AWD.
This smallest Lexus SUV slots under the popular RX and is a direct answer to the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Buick Encore, etc. Utilizing Lexus' first turbocharged engine, the NX 200t has a 2.0 Turbo 4-cylinder with 235 horsepower. It utilizes a combination of port and direct fuel injection, similar to the design of the Scion FR-S engine, where the direct fuel injectors manage most of the fuel and the port fuel injectors come on line to maximize delivery during high output. The engine requires 91-octane fuel. The NX 300h uses the 2.5 hybrid 4-cylinder found in the Lexus ES 300h. 200 horsepower will feel just adequate in this 4000 pound plus vehicle. They've reprogrammed the transmission to aggressively go to a lower gear when the throttle is pressed down, helping to spur quicker acceleration. Available safety includes optional blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, cross traffic warning (when backing), intuitive park assist (sonar front and rear to prevent dings), and front collision warning and prevention through automatic brake engagement. Cool tech: wireless charging tray will charge your phone if it is compatible or you have a case that works with inductive charging.
Lexus adds a new entry-level sports car. Based on the Lexus IS, the RC comes in RC 350 guise only, at least for now. It does offer an all-wheel-drive model. No manual transmission is offered; rear-wheel-drive models get an eight-speed automatic, while AWD downgrades the transmission to six speeds. An F Sport model amps up the sportiness with larger tires and brakes (14.1-inches in front), an aggressive front grille and ground effects. With or without F Sport, the horsepower is 306 from the 3.5-liter V6. This 2+2 caries two adults in the back reasonably well, but its trunk is limited at 10.4 cubic feet. An RC F should be coming very soon, with a V8 engine with over 450 horsepower, it will make an affordable halo car until the new LF-LC eventually is released.