The Lexus NX was a finalist in the Motor Trend SUV of the Year award rankings — here’s a quote from Jonny Lieberman’s write-up:
The looks were obviously polarizing, and that’s exactly the point. You don’t make your mini-ute look like a mashup of a Cylon and Predator because you want a wallflower. [Editor Angus] MacKenzie was the NX’s biggest aesthetic detractor. I wish we had room to publish everything he wrote, but this is the highlight, “Here’s a direct appeal to Akio Toyoda: Tell the guys enough with the spindle grille, already. It just doesn’t work, no matter how much your designers tweak it.” Ouch.
I’ll be the nice guy and state that this is by far the best-looking spindle grille on the market. The interior is the latest interpretation of the LFA’s fighter jet cockpit. We dig it.
The NX was joined by seven other SUVs in the finalist category: the Subaru Outback, Porsche Macan, Nissan Rogue, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, Lincoln MKC, Jeep Cherokee and Chevrolet Suburban all lost out to the eventual winner — the Honda CR-V.