2023 Lexus NX: F-Sport package, hybrid trim levels, fuel economy, prices and more – Automoblog | CarTailz

The 2023 Lexus NX has some changes under its belt, having debuted in 2022 as a second-generation variant of the brand’s first compact luxury SUV. Lexus has given the NX a boatload of new tech features to keep up with the Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1 and Audi Q3. However, the NX remains unique with its variety of available powertrains, including a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid, promising exciting performance despite greener credentials.

2023 Lexus NX: What’s new?

For 2023, the NX highlights its Lexus Interface multimedia system. It features a 9.8-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple Car Play and Android Auto wireless connectivity, over-the-air updates, and a human-machine interface (HMI) that allows the driver to interact with interact with the vehicle by sight, touch or voice commands. Meanwhile, higher trim variants get a larger 12-inch infotainment touchscreen with a three-year trial of Lexus Drive Connect. The package includes cloud-based navigation, destination assistant and smart assistant.

Lexus NX 250 & NX 350

The base Lexus NX 250 has a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 203 hp and 184 lb-ft. of torque. The engine sends its power to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission (all-wheel drive remains optional). Lexus claims the NX 250 will hit 60 mph from a standstill in 8.2 seconds (FWD) and 8.6 seconds (AWD). Equipped with an engine start-stop system, the most affordable Lexus NX delivers an EPA-estimated 28 mpg on the combined cycle.

If you need more than 200 hp, the NX 350 will satisfy your whims. It has a more powerful 2.4-liter turbocharged gas engine with 275 hp and 317 lb-ft. of torque. It has the same eight-speed automatic transmission mated to a standard all-wheel drive system. The NX 350 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds, half a second faster than the outgoing variant.

Lexus said the lower center of gravity and reconfigured suspension are responsible for the vehicle’s newfound agility, a hallmark of the Lexus Driving Signature. Additionally, the NX 350 achieves an EPA-estimated 25 combined mpg.

2023 Lexus NX. Photo: Lexus.

Lexus NX350h

The 2023 Lexus NX 350h will keep going with its 2.5-liter D4-S four-cylinder direct-injected petrol engine. It also has an electric motor at the front to add momentum, while an independent electric motor at the rear provides four-wheel traction. The hybrid-electric powertrain pumps out 239 hp while still achieving 39 mpg combined, excellent numbers for a hybrid luxury crossover.

And while hybrids aren’t really about having the fastest zero-to-sixty time, the NX 350h is no slouch: Lexus claims a zero-to-60 time of 7.2 seconds, a full 1.5 seconds faster than the previous model.

Lexus NX450h+

The 2023 Lexus NX 450h+ combines the 2.5-liter four-cylinder with two electric motors and a higher-capacity lithium-ion battery pack to deliver an exciting 304 hp. Lexus claims zero-to-60 mph in six seconds flat, but you don’t buy a plug-in hybrid to brag about tow times. Instead, the NX 450h+ can go about 37 miles without using a drop of gas.

The NX 450h+ comes standard with an onboard 3.3kW charger to charge the batteries in 4.5 hours. An optional 6.6 kW charger refills the juice in 2.5 hours with a maximum charging current of 240 V. When the battery runs out of juice, the hybrid powertrain is capable of an EPA-estimated combined mpg of 36.

F Sport Handling Package

The new Lexus NX 350 is available with the F Sport Handling Package. The package includes performance shock absorbers, active variable suspension, 20-inch gloss black aluminum wheels and bolstered sports seats. Also included are dark graphite aluminum trim, black or red perforated leather upholstery, aluminum pedals, an F Sport front grille and body-colored fenders.

In addition, the NX 350 and NX 450h+ are available with the F Sport Handling and Luxury Package. There’s also a huge 14-inch infotainment touchscreen, bespoke LED headlights and interior ambient lighting.

2023 Lexus NX interior.
2023 Lexus NX interior. Photo: Lexus.

Lexus Security System+ 3.0

The 2023 NX comes standard with an updated driver assistance package called Lexus Safety System+ 3.0. The package includes Traffic Sign Assist, Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Intelligent High Beam. The new functions include the emergency steering assistant to avoid risks, the detection and braking of oncoming vehicles in right and left curves and curve speed management.

Lexus Warranty

The new NX leaves the factory with a four-year, 50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a six-year, 70,000-mile powertrain warranty and one year or 10,000 miles of complimentary service. In addition, NX Hybrids come with an eight-year, 100,000-mile Hybrid Warranty.

An extended warranty could prove beneficial if you drive more miles than the average person. Before you decide, check out this helpful guide to Lexus Extended Warranties.

2023 Lexus NX Pricing and Availability

Base prices start at $39,775 for the NX 250 FWD, $41,335 for the NX 350 AWD and $43,515 for the NX 350. The NX 350h and NX 450h+ start at $43,105 and $57,705 respectively. Dollar. All prices include the $1,150 destination fee. Our free and easy search tools* show you which dealers have the best deals on the NX.

Alvin Reyes is an Automoblog columnist and expert on sports and performance cars. He studied civil aviation, aeronautics and accounting at a young age and is still very much in love with his former Lancer GSR and Galant SS. He also enjoys fried chicken, music and herbal medicine.

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