The 2022 Lexus NX is a small SUV that slots between the extra-small UX and midsize RX. It’s fully redesigned this year, with the hybrid-powered 2022 Lexus NX 350h replacing the previous NX 300h. At first glance, the changes appear to be more evolutionary than revolutionary.

The new 2022 Lexus NX retains the crease-heavy design language of its predecessor, and Lexus’ trademark spindle grille is back and more Predator-like than ever. There are some differences, however.

The checkmark turn signals are now incorporated into the headlight — resembling a sort of furrowed brow — and a new full-width taillight makes the back end a little more distinctive at night.

Lexus has completely redesigned its subcompact SUV for the 2022 model year. It is scheduled to arrive in U.S. dealerships in the fall, of 2021.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Unlike the last-generation model, which was offered with either of two engines, the 2022 Lexus 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 top-spec NX450h+, which borrows its 302-hp plug-in hybrid powertrain from the RAV4 Prime.

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 have a few back-road thrills.

The F Sport trim comes with an adaptive suspension system that firms up the ride and deliver a bit more poise, but even so, the 2022 Lexus NX isn’t on the same footing as the X1 when attacking twisty tarmac.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

There’s no word yet from the EPA on the 2022 Lexus NX’s fuel-economy ratings. Nor have we had the chance to test the redesigned SUV on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test route.

Lexus claims the plug-in NX450h+ will offer up to 36 miles of electric driving per charge, but the EPA has not weighed in on that estimate yet. When the new NX shows up in our office for testing, we’ll update this story with results. 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 with the new 2022 Lexus NX, with a more modern look and classier materials.

The outgoing model offered one of the more spacious cabins in the luxury-subcompact crossover segment, but the new model offers slightly more passenger room in the rear seat, although cargo space with the rear seats folded is slightly less generous than the outgoing model.

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 2022 Lexus 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 2022 Lexus 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.

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Full Specifications

2022 Lexus NX350 AWD
Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $42,625/$52,245
Options: Luxury package, $9450; Mark Levinson audio, $1020; panoramic roof, $500

ENGINE
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

TRANSMISSION
8-speed automatic

CHASSIS
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

DIMENSIONS
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

C/D TEST RESULTS
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

EPA FUEL ECONOMY(C/D EST)
Combined/City/Highway: 25/22/29 mpg

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

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