- The 2022 Lexus NX is an entirely new design
- The NX is one of the least expensive compact luxury SUVs while boasting a smooth ride and strong new cabin technology
- The 2022 Lexus NX starts at price starts from $39,025 | Price it your way
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The 2022 Lexus NX is an entirely new vehicle from the wheels up. It’s known for a smooth ride and an elegant cabin. For 2022, it gets bolder (some say divisive) looks and a wide range of powertrains. In base form, it’s one of the least expensive SUVs in its class, but prices climb quickly, with the most expensive model asking almost $20,000 more than the least. A plug-in hybrid option and a sporty F Sport Handling model mean one NX can be vastly different from another.
Passenger Room and Comfort
Lexus sets itself apart from other luxury automakers with its quiet, serene cabins. That’s true in the NX, which features perhaps the most comfortable driver’s seat of any compact luxury SUV. Front seat passengers get plenty of room, and wind and road noise are minimal.
Second-row legroom is okay, if not exactly limo-like, but that’s true of every vehicle in its class.
Features and Tech
The 2022 Lexus NX rides on the proven chassis of the popular Toyota RAV4 family, with all the suspension goodies needed to make it ride like a Lexus. It’s available with several drivetrains, ranging from a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine making 203 horsepower to a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) setup with a total of 302 horses and up to 36 miles of electric-only driving. The base NX 250 model comes in front-wheel-drive format. Every other model uses an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system.
Reviews of the 2022 Lexus NX tend to dwell on its touchscreens. If you’re test driving vehicles in its class, that may seem odd – they all have touchscreens. Keep in mind that the last-generation NX used a cumbersome trackpad controller no one loved. It’s gone, and that’s excellent news.
The NX comes with a 9.8-inch touchscreen as standard equipment. Yet, in many interior photos of the NX, you’ll likely spot a larger, 14-inch screen dominating the dash. That’s part of a pricey Luxury Package.
Wireless device charging, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto interface, digital key capability, and over-the-air system updates are standard. Optional upgrades include ambient lighting, panoramic moonroof, leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, and a 17-speaker, 1,800-watt Mark Levinson audio system that consistently impresses reviewers.
Lexus Safety System 3.0 is standard on the NX. It includes automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, lane-keeping assist, pedestrian detection, and a system that warns passengers against opening the doors into oncoming traffic.
The 2022 Lexus NX model range consists of four main models: the NX 250, NX 350, NX 350h hybrid, and NX 450h+ hybrid. With the exception of the NX 250, all other models are available in F Sport trim, which includes an adaptive sport suspension, performance shock absorbers, and 20-inch wheels.
Lexus includes most optional features in packages. Some, like the power moonroof and a 10-inch digital head-up display, can also be added a la carte. But shoppers should know that, in a year when many cars are in short supply, ordering options outside the packages could mean waiting a long time for your custom NX to be built.
Materials and Design
The NX has been completely redesigned for the 2022 model year and adopts a bold look. Its huge spindle grille isn’t for everyone. But if you like it, you probably love it.
From there, the exterior is sleek and current, with curvier lines than many crossovers and a road-hugging stance. The tailgate now features the Lexus name in wide script – a trait we’re seeing on more SUVs this year.
F-Sport models ride on larger, 21-inch gloss-black wheels and get trim-specific front and rear bumpers that lend a more aggressive look.
Among luxury brands, Lexus is best known for its quiet, sumptuous cabins. Even the sporty F-Sport models don’t have BMW’s sharp road manners. But high-quality, soft-touch materials are everywhere, and interior build quality may be the best you’ll find at this price point.
Cargo Room and Flexibility
The sleek exterior styling of the NX robs it of a bit of cargo space. You’ll find 22.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 46.9 with them folded down. Both numbers are lower than some rivals – the Acura RDX, for instance, manages 29.5 and 58.9.
But you’ll only notice it on road trips. In day-to-day driving, reviewers find the cabin full of thoughtful cubbies for water bottles, phones, and purses.
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