2023 Lexus NX Overview, Pricing, and Specs


Although the 2023 Lexus NX is more than just a dressed-up Toyota RAV4—the vehicle it’s based on—it doesn’t live up to the same standards as the European crossovers it competes with. Don’t get us wrong, its upscale design and nicely outfitted cabin look and feel the part of a luxury SUV. To give the NX the broadest possible appeal, Lexus offers it with no less than four different powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid that makes 302 horsepower. The problem is that none are as fun to drive as rivals such as the Audi Q3, BMW X1, or Mercedes-Benz GLA-class—and for us, a joyful driving experience carries more weight than practicality or fuel efficiency. For everyone else, the NX will no doubt serve dutifully on daily commutes, weekend errands, and holiday road trips.

What’s New for 2023?

As it was just redesigned last year, the NX rolls into 2023 with nary a change to its packaging, content, or mechanical bits.

Pricing and Which One to Buy









NX450h+ F Sport


The NX starts at under $40,000, but that base model may be too spartan for some luxury shoppers. Selecting the mid-range NX350 brings a 275-hp turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which offers more appropriate performance. We’d suggest adding the Luxury package, which includes premium equipment such as the larger 14.0-inch infotainment display, quilted leather upholstery, cloud-connected navigation, upgraded interior ambient lighting, 20-inch wheels, four-way adjustable lumbar support for the driver, and adaptive headlamps. For buyers looking for a more menacing appearance and more performance upgrades, the NX350 F Sport is similarly priced and also available with the Luxury package.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The 2023 NX has four powertrain options. The base NX250 model comes with a 203-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder while the NX350 is powered by a 275-hp turbocharged 2.4-liter; both come with an eight-speed automatic, but while the NX250 can be had with either front- or all-wheel drive, the NX350 has all-wheel drive standard. Two different hybrid options are on the menu, starting with the NX350h, which pairs two electric motors with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder for 239 horsepower. The more exciting option is the NX450h+, which borrows its 302-hp plug-in hybrid powertrain from the RAV4 Prime. In our testing, the range-topping NX450h+ hit 60 mph in 5.6 seconds while the NX350h needed 7.6 seconds to accomplish the same feat. Both hybrids come standard with all-wheel drive. Our first test drive was with a mid-range NX350 which snapped off a reasonably brisk 6.6-second zero-to-60-mph run. While it didn’t blow us away with its handling prowess, we noted that the NX’s ride was compliant, and with enough prodding, we were able to generate a few backroad smiles. The F Sport trim comes with an adaptive suspension system that firms up the ride and delivers a bit more poise, but even so, the NX isn’t on the same footing as the BMW X1 when attacking twisty tarmac.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

According to the EPA, the most fuel-efficient NX model is the hybrid NX350h, which earned ratings of 41 mpg city and 37 mpg highway. The entry-level NX250 is rated as high as 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway and the turbocharged NX350’s highest ratings are 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. The plug-in hybrid NX450h+ is rated for 38 mpg city and 33 mpg highway, and the EPA estimates its battery pack holds enough electrons to provide up to 37 miles of electric-only driving range before needing to be recharged. On our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test route, an all-wheel drive NX350 delivered 28 mpg but a hybrid NX350h returned only 34 mpg. For more information about the NX’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Cabin design takes a big leap forward in this generation of NX, with a modern look and classy materials. The NX offers one of the more spacious cabins in the luxury-subcompact crossover segment, with slightly more passenger room in the rear seat and more cargo space with the rear seats folded than many of its rivals. Optional features include a panoramic sunroof, heated rear seats, an ambient interior lighting system with 64 different color choices, and black open-pore wood trim.

Infotainment and Connectivity

All NX models are equipped with a touchscreen infotainment system; base models come with a 9.8-inch display while high-end trims get a large 14.0-inch unit. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard and work via a wireless connection; a wireless smartphone charging pad is optional as is a head-up display. A 10-speaker stereo system is standard and comes with a free trial of Amazon Music; a 17-speaker Mark Levinson stereo system is optional on models equipped with the Premium or Luxury packages.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Lexus offers a host of standard driver-assistance features in the NX. Shoppers can expect to find automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control on all models. For more information about the NX’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
  • Standard adaptive cruise control

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Lexus has one of the more comprehensive protection packages in the industry. But while the Volvo XC40 and the BMW X1 come with three years of complimentary scheduled maintenance, Lexus provides that benefit for only one.

  • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers six years or 70,000 miles
  • Hybrid component warranty covers 8 years or 100,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for one year or 10,000 miles



2022 Lexus NX350 AWD

Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon


Base/As Tested: $42,625/$52,245

Options: Luxury package, $9450; Mark Levinson audio, $1020; panoramic roof, $500


turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, port and direct fuel injection

Displacement: 146 in3, 2393 cm3

Power: 275 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque: 317 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm


8-speed automatic


Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink

Brakes, F/R: 12.9-in vented disc/12.5-in vented disc

Tires: Bridgestone Alenza A/S02 RFT

235/50R-20 100V M+S


Wheelbase: 105.9 in

Length: 183.5 in

Width: 73.4 in

Height: 65.8 in

Passenger Volume: 92 ft3

Cargo Volume: 23 ft3

Curb Weight: 3987 lb


60 mph: 6.6 sec

1/4-Mile: 15.0 sec @ 95 mph

100 mph: 16.5 sec

120 mph: 26.3 sec

Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 7.5 sec

Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.5 sec

Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 4.5 sec

Top Speed (gov ltd): 126 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 175 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.81 g


Combined/City/Highway: 25/22/29 mpg


2022 Lexus NX450h+ F Sport

Vehicle Type: front-engine, front- and rear-motor, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon


Base/As Tested: $58,550/$64,105


DOHC 16-valve 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-4, 181 hp, 165 lb-ft + 3 AC motors, front: 179 hp, 199 lb-ft; rear: 53 hp, 89 lb-ft (combined output: 302 hp; 18.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack; 6.6-kW onboard charger)

Transmission: continuously variable automatic


Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink

Brakes, F/R: 12.9-in vented disc/12.5-in vented disc

Tires: Bridgestone Alenza A/S 02 RFT

235/50R-20 100V M+S


Wheelbase: 105.9 in

Length: 183.5 in

Width: 73.4 in

Height: 65.8 in

Passenger Volume: 92 ft3

Cargo Volume: 23 ft3

Curb Weight: 4487 lb


60 mph: 5.6 sec

1/4-Mile: 14.1 sec @ 99 mph

100 mph: 14.4 sec

130 mph: 33.9 sec

Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 6.0 sec

Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.9 sec

Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.8 sec

Top Speed (gov): 130 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 179 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.81 g


Observed: 38 MPGe

75-mph Highway Driving, EV/Hybrid Mode: 78 MPGe/35 mpg

75-mph Highway Range, EV/Hybrid mode: 33/500 mi


Combined/City/Highway: 36/38/33 mpg

Combined Gasoline + Electricity: 84 MPGe

EV Range: 37 mi

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