2022 Lexus NX PHEV

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Redesigns are always newsmakers, but Lexus has made some truly exciting changes for the second generation of the NX compact crossover. Besides a reimagined appearance featuring 20-inch wheels (the largest ever to come on an NX), this new generation brings with it a lower center of gravity and increased body rigidity, both of which improve handling. It’s also marked by advancements that make it stand out even more so in the large field of competing compact crossovers. First, there’s now an available plug-in hybrid powertrain, making the 2022 NX the first Lexus with that option. This debuting PHEV, officially called NX450h+, is also the fastest and most powerful model under the NX nameplate: it can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 6 seconds.

The other claim to fame for the redesigned NX is that it debuts the Lexus Interface Multimedia System, a game-changing infotainment setup that combines exquisite screen quality with lightning-fast connectivity and automatic loading of multiple driver profiles so that nobody has to readjust the system’s settings to their preferences. And as more new models come out with the Lexus Interface Multimedia System, an individual driver’s profile will automatically load when they get behind the wheel of one that’s likewise equipped.

Trims, Powertrain, and Charging

The redesigned 2022 Lexus NX 450h+ is sold in a simplified lineup of the Base and F Sport Handling trim levels. Its hybrid powerplant is made up of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, two electric motors, and a high-capacity lithium ion battery. It also gets an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (eCVT) and standard all-wheel drivetrain. This gas/electric system produces 304 hp combined, and according to manufacturer estimates, both trims can travel a boastworthy 36 all-electric miles before the combustion engine takes over. The official fuel economy rating as determined by the EPA is 84 MPGe. With the standard 3.3 kW charger the NX 450h+ can be fully juiced in about 4.5 hours. Using the available 6.6 kW Expedited Onboard Charger drops charging time to a mere 2.5 hours. The ’22 Lexus NX PHEV can be factory equipped to tow up to 2,000 pounds.

Amenities By Trim

The base trim’s most upscale features include a moonroof, ambient interior lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, quilted and perforated leather seats, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats with power adjustments, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, and position memory settings that provide a more tailored behind-the-wheel experience.

On the functionality side of the equation, the Base gets LED headlights and daytime running lights, auto-dimming and heated side mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down, roof rails, rain-sensing wipers, a hands-free liftgate, keyless entry and ignition, a 7-inch multi-information display, and a 10-inch head-up display. Some extra goods are optional as well, such as a Digital Rearview Mirror, improved LED headlights, active parking assist, a wireless phone charger, Digital Key, and a key card.

The F Sport Handling is differentiated by its more daring exterior design, sport-tuned suspension, aluminum pedals, sport-bolstered seats, and unique G-force and energy monitoring displays. It doesn’t come standard with position memory, although that feature is offered as an option. This trim is eligible for most of the same options mentioned for the Base, except for active parking assist and the Digital Rearview Mirror. Unlike the Base, though, the F Sport Handling can be ordered with adaptive headlights.

Enhanced Safety Technologies

Both the base and F Sport Handling are set up with Lexus Safety System+ 3.0, the automaker’s comprehensive and class-leading assortment of active driving aid technologies. It consists of all-speed dynamic radar cruise control with curve management, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and intersection support, lane departure alert with steering assist, lane tracing assist, road sign assist, and automatic high beams. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert comes standard as well. Buyers may also choose to add the available surround-view camera system, lane change assist, and front cross-traffic alert.


As we said in the intro, the 2022 NX is the first model to get the all-new, state-of-the-art Lexus Interface infotainment system. This system is not just more sophisticated but more intuitive as well. It allows occupants to seamlessly connect their mobile devices (up to five devices can be paired in the system, and two can be used simultaneously) and automatically loads the driver’s preferred settings so that nobody needs to adjust anything when multiple people share the vehicle. It shows off the latest voice recognition software and a beautifully crisp, glare-free 14-inch touchscreen. The system’s other noteworthy features are navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, a Wi-Fi hotspot, SiriusXM satellite radio, the Digital Rearview Mirror, and a deluxe 10-speaker Mark Levinson audio system with PurePlay Surround Sound.