2022 Lexus NX

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Overview

The all-new Lexus NX has arrived to raise the bar for the next generation of luxury crossovers. The significant redesign of this compact five-seater introduces a new platform while delivering a breadth of state-of-the-art technologies not seen before in a Lexus. Plus, the NX’s new lower center of gravity and robust bearing make it one of the most attractive and functional vehicles in the automaker’s history. The list of appearance and equipment changes over the outgoing model is substantial, so settle in and read on.

Redesigned for 2022

Everything about the second-generation Lexus NX is all-new. Starting with its streamlined exterior, you’ll find that it’s more confident and futuristic than the previous iteration. The front end debuts the 3D-looking spindle grille, L-shaped daytime running lights, available triple-beam LED headlights, and a more prominently raked windshield. At the rear, the ’22 NX displays the latest Lexus logo (now highlighted by a light bar) in addition to full-width blade taillights and additional L-shaped lamps on the back fenders. The new Lexus User Profile interface lets drivers personalize their vehicle preferences and enables the use of Lexus Digital Key so they can lock/unlock and start/stop the vehicle from their smartphone.

Lexus has also given the NX a varied selection of new powertrain options. Where the last generation NX offered two powertrains, the ’22 model doubles the choices. The base model – the NX 250 – comes with a debuting 2.5-liter four-cylinder, while the NX 350 receives a new turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Both are linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission that’s also making its first appearance. There are even two new hybrid options, one of which is a plug-in, but we’ll cover these more closely in a separate overview. What’s more, the ’22 NX is the first Lexus with the latest and most sophisticated Lexus Safety System+ 3.0 suite.

The ’22 NX’s cabin has been entirely reimagined as well. Two new driver information displays are offered: one is a standard 7-inch multi-instrument display and the other is an available 10-inch head-up display. The center stack is more user-friendly and displays a standout infotainment system (also new) with a 9.8-inch touchscreen that includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Voice Assistant, and a novel Human Machine Interface (HMI) that will no doubt enhance the driver’s experience. A more deluxe 14-inch touchscreen is available. On top of that, the standard heated front seats and optional heated rear seats have been upgraded for even more comfort, and the second row and cargo area are a little more spacious than before.

Trims, Powertrains, and Fuel Economy

As mentioned, this page covers just the gasoline-only versions, which are the NX 250 and NX 350. The 250 has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 203 hp, while the 350 gets a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 275 hp and 317 lb.-ft. of torque. Both are linked to the aforementioned new eight-speed automatic transmission. The 250 comes with standard front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available; AWD is standard on the 350. Based on EPA estimates, the FWD 250 fulfills 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway; with AWD, it returns 25 city/32 highway. The 350 achieves 22 city/29 highway, and with the optional Sport Handling Package, it pulls off 22 city/28 highway.

NX 250 and 350

The 250 and 350 are both stocked with considerable refinements. Some of the noteworthy exterior features are LED headlights and taillights, heated and auto-dimming side mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down, and rooftop rails. SmartAccess proximity entry will let you in to enjoy the luxe cabin with power-adjustable heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, push-button ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, synthetic-leather (NuLuxe) interior trim. The driver can keep tabs on important stats with a 7-inch multi-information display, and there’s a drive mode selector with three settings: Eco, Normal, and Sport.

Both trims feature an infotainment system with a 9.8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, a Wi-Fi hotspot, SiriusXM satellite radio, voice recognition, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and sound system with ten speakers. The Lexus Safety System+ 3.0 suite is also standard to equip the NX 250 and NX 350 with all-speed dynamic radar cruise control with curve speed management, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and intersection support, lane departure alert with steering assist, lane tracing assist, road sign assist, intelligent high beams, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

NX 350 F Sport Handling

This athletic variant of the 2023 Lexus NX is focused on performance, but it also commands attention with its gloss-black exterior accents, unique front fender badges, mesh grille insert, rear bumper valance, and color-matched fender arches. True driving enthusiasts will appreciate its adaptive variable suspension, front and rear lateral performance dampers, and additional drive modes: Sport S, Sport+, and Custom. The F Sport Handling’s interior presents a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, aluminum sport pedals, front seats with enhanced bolsters, dark graphite aluminum trim, a sleek black headliner, and G-force and turbo boost displays. For upscale convenience, it also has rain-sensing wipers, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, and a 10-inch head-up display.

Packages and Options

While every 2022 NX comes very nicely outfitted, Lexus offers even more through optional equipment groupings. The 250 and 350 grades are eligible for two packages: Premium and Luxury. The Premium Package contains heated and ventilated front seats, position memory settings (for the driver’s seat, steering wheel, and side mirrors), black prism interior trim details, a moonroof, a power liftgate, rain-sensing wipers, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, and intuitive parking assist with automatic emergency braking. The Luxury Package has those same accoutrements, in addition to silver-finished 20-inch wheels (for the 350 only), perforated leather interior trim with chevron-patterned seat quilting, a 10-inch head-up display, door courtesy lights, black open-pore wood trim, thematic ambient illumination, the advanced Lexus Interface multimedia system with a 14-inch touchscreen, and a Drive Connect trial subscription (which bundles cloud-based navigation, Google points-of-interest, Intelligent Assistant voice recognition, and a destination assistant).

The F Sport Handling version of the Luxury Package contains heated and ventilated front seats and several of the items from the other Luxury Package (the moonroof, power liftgate, memory settings, intuitive parking system, Lexus Interface, Drive Connect trial, and ambient illumination). Many of those features can be ordered individually as well. Other a la carte add-ons consist of a windshield wiper de-icer, triple-beam LED headlights with washers and cornering lights, smartphone-based Digital Key, a fast-response interior heater, a digital rearview mirror, a wireless phone charger, a deluxe 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, a heated steering wheel, power-folding and heated rear seats, and a panoramic glass roof. In the driver-assist department, you can add a surround-view camera system, lane change assist, front cross-traffic alert, and an adaptive front lighting system.