Knowing Where to Look Part II: Lexus NX

Part 2 of our step by step guide on how to figure out the package level on any Lexus.  This time, we are going to show you where to look in order to determine the equipment level and price point on the Lexus NX.  Since the Lexus NX is relatively new to the Lexus model line-up, we are even going to show you how you can tell the model year of the NX you’re checking out online or in the parking spot next to you.

Lexus NX

The Lexus NX 200t and NX 300h was introduced for the 2015 model year and has continued to grow in popularity every year since.  The NX is simply stunning.  The bold design and interior detail makes a statement that can’t be ignored – from the unique door-handle LED’s that offer a sophisticated welcome as you approach the vehicle, to the bolstered seating that holds you just tight enough to ensure you stay in place through every curve.  The Lexus NX goes beyond utility and offers a more contemporary take on Lexus craftsmanship.

So, how do you know which package level NX you’re looking at?  The first place we suggest looking is at the wheels.  Just like the eyes are the windows to the soul for us, the wheels are the windows to the “soul” – or just the package level in this case, for most Lexus models.

Knowing Where to Look: Wheels

Silver NX
17″ Wheels on the 2015 Base Model NX 200t

The Lexus NX 200t will come standard with 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels.  This starting package level wheel is identical across the model years on the NX but it is the first clue in telling you the equipment level.  If you see wheels like the ones pictured above or below, then you’re looking at the starting or base model of the Lexus NX 200t.

17-inch wheels on Atomic Silver 2016 Lexus NX 200t base model
17-inch wheels on 2017 Lexus NX 200t base model

If you see these 17-inch 10-spoke wheels on a Lexus NX 200t then you know that it is the base model which will not have a Moon Roof or Heated and Ventilated Seats.  Of course, even the base model on the NX comes equipped with most of the features people want – below we list the standard features found on every Lexus NX.

Standard Features – What You Get on EVERY Lexus NX:

  • 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle turbocharged engine
  • Drive Mode Select with Normal, Sport and ECO modes
  • Brake Hold
  • Back up Monitor with Dynamic Gridlines and perpendicular parking mode
  • Lexus Enform Safety Connect (SOS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System with individual tire display
  • Power 10-way driver’s seat
  • Power 8-way front passenger’s seat
  • NuLuxe interior
  • Lexus Display Audio with Center-console controller, 7-inch high-resolution VGA display and MID-display linkage
  • Sirius XM Radio
  • HD Radio with iTunes Tagging
  • Single CD/MP3/WMA player
  • Bluetooth technology for hands-free calling and audio streaming
  • Subscription free HD Traffic and Weather
  • Scout GPS-link app based Navigation System ** 2017 or newer models only
  • Lexus Enform Remote *** 2016 or newer (2015 has Enform Remote on NAVIGATION Package levels only)

If you’re looking at a Lexus NX with different wheels than the ones pictured above, then you will know that NX has either the Premium Package, Luxury Package or an entirely different model – the NX F SPORT.  But, since the NX F SPORT is pretty easy to spot – the unique F SPORT grille and badging tell you right up-front the package level on this one, you can just skip this purposeful look at the wheels (unless you’re into that sort of thing then go ahead and look).

Standard 17″ wheel and Premium 18″ wheel on Lexus NX (2015 and 2016 model years)

Important to know…

The 18-inch Premium wheel has changed for the 2017 model year, so if you see 18″ wheels with just 5 spokes and not the split 5-spoke design you see above, then you will know you’re looking at a new 2017 model year.  Examples below.

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Premium Package Lexus NX 200t

Let’s review one more time…

Base NX Wheel
17-inch wheel on base model Lexus NX 200t – 2015-2017 model years
18″ split five spoke wheel on Premium or Luxury 2015-2016 NX 200t
18-inch five spoke wheel on Premium or Luxury 2017 NX 200t

If you’re lucky enough to take a look inside the NX, then you can determine the package level quite easily.  The first place to look is right inside the driver’s door: the more buttons you see, the more equipment it has.  You’re thinking that’s pretty obvious – more buttons = more features, but did you know that the specific number of buttons you see will tell you what other features you will get on that particular NX?

The “starting” package level NX will have 1 button.  This 1 button is to open and close the Rear Power Door – which is one of those “standard added options” we’ve mentioned in previous posts.  Go ahead and look inside the NX.  If you see 1 button then you’re looking at a starting package level NX.

Rear Power Door button on staring package level NX 200t

If you see a few more buttons when looking inside the Lexus NX 200t then you can safely say that NX has either the Premium or Luxury Package.  Which one you ask?  Simply count the number of buttons – if you see 3 (like the picture below), 4 (AWD standard NX) or 5 (AWD, F SPORT NX) then you’re looking at a Premium Package level NX.  If you count more than 5 buttons then you are looking at a harder to find Luxury Package and those extra buttons are for the Rear Power Folding Seats and Pre-Collision System.

3 Buttons tell you this is a Premium Package Level NX
4 Buttons = Premium AWD (standard model) NX
5 Buttons = Premium AWD NX F SPORT
More than 3 – these 7 buttons tell you this is a Luxury Package NX (2WD)

On the NX F SPORT, you can also determine the additional features on any particular NX just by looking at this same spot located just inside the driver’s door.  The NX F SPORT is, however, a little different.  The starting package level NX F SPORT will still just have the one button BUT it will be for the Heated Steering Wheel (see below).

NX F SPORT “starting” package level – Heated Steering Wheel button

Any additional buttons will tell you that NX is a Premium Plus NX F SPORT – which will also include a Moon Roof, Navigation, Blind Spot Monitor, Park Assist and Rear Power Door.

NX F SPORT with Premium Plus Package

Where else should you look to find out the exact equipment level on the Lexus NX?  If you combine what we’ve pointed out above with our next tip, then you’ll be able to confidently say if the specific NX you’re looking at has either the Starting Package Level, the Premium Package with Display Audio, the Premium Package with Navigation or the Luxury Package.

*** Same applies to the F SPORT but you have just 2 options – base/starting level F SPORT or navigation/premium plus F SPORT.

Wondering where to look next?  Take a peek at the center console.  If you see a rotary dial and have just one button inside the driver’s door then you will know that NX is the starting package level.  If you see a rotary dial with 3 or 4 buttons inside the driver’s door then you will know that NX is the Premium Package with Display Audio.  Finally, if you see Remote Touchpad with 3 or 4 buttons, you’re looking at the NX Premium Package with Navigation and if you see 7 buttons along with the same Remote Touchpad then you’re looking at the Luxury Package level NX 200t.

NX package levels(1)
3 Package Levels on the Lexus NX 200t

How else can you tell the package level on the Lexus NX?  We break it down for you here.

3 Upgraded Packages - Premium, Premium with NAV and Luxury

Knowing where to look: the Package Levels for Lexus NX 200t:

Know where to look- how to tell you're looking at a base model NX

Scout GPS Link on 2017 Lexus NX base model

Where to look. Features on a Premium NX from 2015 to 2016 model year

Where to look - Features on a Premium Package 2017 NX


Luxury Package NX Features and Where to Look

Knowing where to look is a valuable tool when comparing vehicles online.  We hope this guide on knowing where to look on the Lexus NX makes things easier for anyone trying to determine the equipment level from a picture but, if you find yourself with questions or just want someone to help you find that perfect Lexus NX, then contact our sales team at 210-816-6000.  Go beyond utility.

If you would like us to feature a specific Lexus model for our next installment, let us know in the comments section below or by emailing

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