The 2022 Lexus NX fills the gap between the mid-size RX SUV and the smaller UX crossover.
Specifically, the NX is the compact Lexus SUV. Whereas the UX is a subcompact and the RX is midsize.
Unlike each of those siblings, the NX is a sleeker and softer-looking crossover and it still packs a big punch when it comes to value for money.
Inside the cabin is a bevy of high-quality materials and finishes and under the hood, buyers can choose from four different powertrain options.
New For 2022 Lexus NX
The 2022 Lexus NX is all new. From the ground up it’s been improved and that’s most noticeable with regard to how it drives.
Secondly, its infotainment system is dramatically better, and finally, Lexus now offers a plug-in hybrid version called the NX 450h AWD+.
Trims And Pricing
Lexus sells the NX 250 starting at $39,425. The NX350h AWD doesn’t cost much more than that as it starts at just $42,625.
Of course, the bigger price bumps come near the top of the lineup where the NX 450h+ comes into play with its snazzy powertrain which starts at $57,225.
2022 Lexus NX Trims and starting MSRPs:
- 250 $39,425
- 350h AWD $42,625
- 350 AWD $43,025
- 350 F Sport Handling AWD $48,125
- 450h+ AWD $57,225
- 450h+ F Sport Handling AWD $58,475
Engines And Transmissions
The base version of the 2022 Lexus NX is the 250 with its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and 203-horsepower.
It, along with all of the other NX models with a normal gas-only engine uses an eight-speed automatic transmission. Finally, the NX 250 comes standard with a front-wheel-drive but all-wheel-drive is optional.
The NX 350 AWD and its F Sport sibling each use a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine that makes 275-horsepower. AWD is obviously standard. A hybrid version of the 350 is also available.
In this case, Lexus goes back to using the 2.5-liter found in the 250 but adds a little power for a total of 240 ponies. It, along with all other NX hybrids uses a continuously variable transmission.
The NX 450h+ AWD and its F Sport variant each use a 2.5-liter turbocharged and hybridized powertrain with 304-horsepower and all-wheel-drive.
Weights And Capacities:
- Curb weight 4,035 lbs
- Towing capacity 2,000 lbs
- Cargo volume
- backseats up 22.7 cubic feet
- backseats down 46.9 cu ft
Fuel Economy Ratings
Those who have a specific fuel economy goal in mind should like the wide-ranging NX lineup.
After that, the NX 350 AWD gets an EPA estimated 25 MPG combined while the 250 gets 28. Then, for buyers who need more miles per gallon, there’s the 350h which scores 39 MPG combined according to the EPA.
Finally, the 450h+ AWD has an MPGe rating of 84 and an electric-only range of up to 36 miles.
2022 Lexus NX – What’s It Look Like?
As mentioned above, the NX is a bit unique in the family after its new 2022 redesign.
Where the UX and RX have sharper angles and wider fender flares in the rear, the NX is softer. Gone are the super-sharp headlight treatments from last year for example.
At the same time, the NX still shares quite a bit of design DNA with the rest of the family.
For example, its got that signature Lexus grille treatment and imposing front fascia.
2022 Lexus NX Exterior Dimensions:
- Length 183.5
- Wheelbase 105.9
- Height 65.8
- Width 73.4
- Front 63.2
- Rear 64.0
- Ground clearance 7.7
Inside The 2022 Lexus NX
Lexus has done a nice job of updating exactly what it needed to without losing its charm inside of the NX.
Take for example the center console. It looks very similar to many Lexus models from the past so it’s familiar.
At the same time, it’s updated with better materials and cleaner lines. The seating is spacious and comfortable in each row and Lexus offers a number of adjustments for front-row passengers.
Plus, cargo space is improved over the last generation too with more than 45 cubic feet with the seats folded down.
2022 Lexus NX Interior Dimensions:
- Headroom 38.3/38.5
- Legroom 41.0/36.1
- Shoulder room 56.3/54.0
- Hip room 56.3/52.5
*All inches front/rear
Infotainment And Connectivity
New for 2022, the Lexus NX comes with a 9.8-inch infotainment system.
And that incorporates both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Not only is it just as good if not better to look at compared to the old system, but it’s so much easier to use.
Touches and inputs receive immediate responses. Those who want more can opt for a 14-inch screen as well as a heads-up display, a wireless charging pad, and even a premium 17-speaker audio system.
Safety And Driver-Assistance
The IIHS has awarded the 2022 Lexus NX its highest prize, a Top Safety Pick + designation.
At the same time, we’re still waiting to hear back on what score it will get from the NHTSA.
Nevertheless, this SUV comes with a bunch of excellent tech that can help keep drivers safer including adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and blind-spot monitoring.
Warranty And Maintenance Coverage
Lexus covers the NX with a limited warranty that stretches out for four years or 50,000-miles.
In addition, the powertrain itself is covered for six years or 70,000-miles. Hybrid components see that extended to a total of eight years or 100,000 miles.
Finally, Lexus provides a full year or 10,000-miles worth of complimentary maintenance.
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