Lexus NX: Luxury, Reliability, and Hybrids!

The Lexus NX is a small sport utility vehicle, a model that slots between the tiny UX and the popular RX. Following an extensive overhaul in 2022, the NX returns unchanged for 2023. Like the RX, the NX comes in gas, turbo, and two hybrid configurations. Even so, this Lexus finds itself outmatched by some of its competitors.

2023 Lexus NX front fascia

Exterior Features

The 2023 Lexus NX 250 comes standard with front-wheel drive, though an all-wheel drive option is available and comes standard on other models. It boasts 18-inch 15-spoke alloy wheels with a dark gray and machined finish, lending it a distinctive appeal.
As you explore higher trim levels or select package upgrades, you will find a variety of additional wheel choices. These include the gloss black-finished 20-inch wheels exclusive to the F Sport Handling model.

Speaking of the F Sport model, this one comes with a unique front fascia and mesh grille insert, rain-sensing wipers, and aluminum door trim.

2023 Lexus NX front profile

Interior Amenities

When you step inside the Lexus NX 250, you’ll notice a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob. For comfort, the vehicle has 10-way power-adjustable front seats for the driver and 8-way adjustable seats for the passenger. Heated front seats and a dual-zone automatic climate control system with an interior air filter come standard.

Package and trim upgrades add ventilated front seats, a moonroof, a hands-free power rear door with a kick sensor, and a power-adjustable steering column. Also available is perforated leather upholstery, a driver’s seat with 4-way lumbar support, wood trim accents, and a heated steering wheel.

2023 Lexus NX front seats
2023 Lexus NX rear seats

Driver Safety

The standard Lexus Safety System+ 3.0 features an array of safety technologies including risk avoidance emergency steer assist, left turn oncoming vehicle detection/braking, right/left turn oncoming pedestrian detection/braking, and dynamic radar cruise control with curve speed management. It also has road sign assist, a pre-collision system, lane departure alert with steering assist, intelligent high beam, and dynamic radar cruise control. These features are often “extra” on competing models, often bundled with pricey upgrades.

Matt Keegan
Author: Matthew Keegan
Matt Keegan is a journalist, media professional, and owner of this website. He has an extensive writing background and has covered the automotive sector continuously since 2004. When not driving and evaluating new vehicles, Matt enjoys spending his time outdoors.

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