“I have a 2013 Kia Optima Turbo and I'm having trouble with the turbo. I'm shopping for an SUV and looking at the Lexus NX 200t years 2015-2016. Is it a reliable model despite the presence of the turbo? I trust the Lexus brand, but the turbo scares me a little. What do you think ? "
– Raphael Banville
Hello. Comfort yourself, you really are not the only one who has experienced turbocharging issues with a South Korean product. For this generation of Optima, they were even legion. The good news is, you're getting ready to move on.
At Lexus, the NX 200t is the brand's very first product to incorporate turbocharging. When it was launched, I have to tell you that several of us looked at Lexus with suspicious eyes. After all, Lexus had never indulged in the temptation of turbocharging, since its very first debut in 1989. It took more than 25 years to make the leap that almost all competitors had made long ago. .
Even though we were surprised at this avenue taken by Lexus, we had little doubt about the reliability. Time has proven us right. Since its arrival in 2015, this engine has demonstrated great reliability, typical of the brand. It must be said that the technological approach follows the usual trend of the manufacturer, there is nothing really complicated in the design of this mechanism. Even adopting the 2015 first-year model, you won't have a problem.
Under the hood, this 4-cylinder does the job well. The 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque don't make it a monster, but it moves with ease. In addition, you will be entitled to the most decent fuel consumption. The only downside is that we would have liked a more modern automatic transmission than the 6-speed one that has been used on the model since its introduction. Once again, Lexus is playing with reserve, but that comes with flawless reliability. We therefore recommend the Lexus NX without any reservations.
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