Here's what's changed.
Introduced just last year, the second generation Lexus NX has arrived for the 2023 model year with very subtle updates. The handsome, angular styling remains unchanged, and that's a good thing - the Japanese contender remains one of the best lookers in its class. Similarly, the engine options also soldier on untouched. So, what has changed?
Let's begin with the NX 350 variant, which is now available with the F Sport Handling package. Opting for this equips the 350 with Active Variable Suspension, replete with front and rear performance dampers. The sporty package also introduces racier styling, courtesy of the F Sport grille, black 20-inch wheels, and aggressive front and rear bumpers.
NX 350 F Sport buyers can also opt for exclusive colors, such as Ultra White, Obsidian, and Ultrasonic Blue 2.0. All the colors are paired with black roof rails and side window trim. Inside, you'll find Lexus has fitted bolstered sports seats, aluminum pedals, a sportier steering wheel, and Dark Graphite Aluminum inlays.
Additionally, the Luxury package introduces exclusive headlights, a 14-inch touchscreen (9.8-inch is standard), and ambient interior lighting.
The Lexus interface multimedia has also been upgraded and now includes extended Drive Connect services. However, you'll have to upgrade to the optional 14-inch touchscreen to enjoy a three-year trial for Intelligent Assistant, Destination Assist, and Cloud Navigation.
All five models have received a minor price increase for 2023, with the entry-level NX 250 FWD and AWD now priced at $38,605 and $40,205, respectively. The more powerful 350 model (AWD only) comes in at $42,365. Interestingly, the 350h is slightly cheaper, at $41,995. But if you want the best, you'll have to fork out $56,555 for the NX 450h.
That's a lot of money, but the Lexus makes up for it with a potent 304-horsepower plug-in hybrid motor that returns excellent fuel economy and delivers impressive performance. Zero to 60 mph is dispatched in just six seconds (decent for a luxury crossover), but the MPGe rating is pegged at a parsimonious 84 MPGe.
All prices listed here exclude the $1,150 delivery fee.
Even though the updates are incredibly minor, they will only boost the NX's already strong appeal. Hopefully, Lexus can avoid additional recalls; the NX has been subjected to two since it was introduced. In April, the automaker recalled 4,000 examples because of faulty shock absorbers.
Then, in September, a combined total of 84,000 Tundra and NX models were recalled over an issue with the electronic parking brake (EPB). Thankfully, Lexus spotted both faults quickly and issued a prompt fix. Lexus hasn't said when the lightly revised 2023 models will hit dealership floors, but we expect them to do so very soon.