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2023 Hyundai Nexo: Choosing the Right Trim

The 2023 Hyundai Nexo, available only in California, is an electric vehicle powered by an onboard hydrogen fuel cell that generates electricity. As a fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV), the 2023 Hyundai Nexo never needs to be plugged in. The only emission coming out of its tailpipe is water vapor.

Unchanged for 2023, the front-wheel-drive Hyundai Nexo has a cruising range of 380 miles. As such, the Nexo works well as a city runabout or even for longer day trips. But there are few hydrogen fueling stations, so you will want to stay fairly close to the ones that work best for you.

The obvious competitor for the Hyundai Nexo is the Toyota Mirai, another FCEV sold only in California. It’s more of a sedan than a crossover SUV, and it ranges in price from $49,500 (XLE) to $66,000 (Limited).

2023 Hyundai Nexo Blue: $60,135

The Hyundai Nexo Blue may be the entry-level model, but it’s equipped generously with comfort and technology items while also having a wealth of standard safety equipment.

The exterior is highlighted by 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights (with automatic high beams), and heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals. We also like the rear privacy glass and rear roof spoiler.

Standard safety features include a host of driver assists like forward collision avoidance with automatic emergency braking (and pedestrian detection), adaptive cruise control (with stop/go), and a lane departure warning with lane-keeping assist. You also get a standard blind-spot assist and rear cross-traffic detection, along with front and rear parking sensors and a driver-attention monitor that senses if the driver is drowsy.

Inside, the Nexo continues to be both handsome and functional. Interior highlights include a 10.25-inch digital instrument panel and a 12.3-inch color touchscreen for the audio and infotainment. A leather-wrapped tilt/telescope steering wheel features controls for the audio system and cruise control, plus Bluetooth connectivity and configurable displays.

Vegan H-Tex, the sole seat upholstery in the 2023 Hyundai Nexo, is a bio-based vinyl, and the heated front seats have 8-way power adjustability. Other standard features include automatic climate control, a proximity key fob, a push-button starter, power windows, power locks, and sliding sun visors with lighted vanity mirrors.

For infotainment, the Nexo Blue comes equipped with SiriusXM satellite radio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and built-in navigation. This is complemented by Hyundai Bluelink connected services, a wireless smartphone charging pad, and three USB ports in front (one for data, two for device charging).

With the $1,335 destination charge, the 2023 Hyundai Nexo Blue costs $61,470. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to approximately $1,105. See 2023 Hyundai Nexo Blue models for sale

2023 Hyundai Nexo Blue includes:

  • Hidden rear wiper – This feature, hidden beneath the roof spoiler, helps keep the Nexo’s back window clear of grit and grime.
  • Free hydrogen! – Hyundai supplies Nexo buyers with free hydrogen for three years or a maximum value of $15,000.
  • 115-volt outlet – This A/C inverter can charge your laptop computer or even a mobile refrigerator.

2023 Hyundai Nexo Limited: $63,585

In Limited trim, the 2023 Hyundai Nexo gains several luxury features that justify the $3,450 jump in price (compared to the Blue).

In addition to a 440-watt Krell audio system with eight speakers, the Nexo Limited gets rain-sensing wipers, a power liftgate, ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Perhaps more significantly, the Nexo Limited also comes with the overhead surround-view monitor, which helps prevent parking lot dings, and a blind-spot view monitor that displays a video image of the rear-three-quarter blind spot on the instrument panel when the turn signal is activated.

If that’s not enough, the 2023 Hyundai Nexo Limited also comes standard with a power sunroof, roof rails, 19-inch alloy wheels, and Remote Smart Parking Assist, which allows you to move the car out of a tight parking spot using just your key fob. Once the Nexo’s out of the tight spot, you can get in and drive home.

With the $1,335 destination charge, the 2023 Hyundai Nexo Limited costs $64,920. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to about $1,167. See 2023 Hyundai Nexo Limited models for sale

2023 Hyundai Nexo Limited includes:

  • Remote Smart Parking Assist – This feature can retrieve the Nexo Limited from a tight parking spot, making it easier to open the doors and get in the vehicle.
  • Smart liftgate – The Limited’s power liftgate is hands-free. If you approach the vehicle from behind with the smart key fob in your pocket, the hatch will open automatically after a brief moment.
  • Krell audio – This system, with eight speakers (including a subwoofer) and an external amplifier, positively fills the Limited with sound.


What's the best 2023 Hyundai Nexo trim?

We like the Nexo Limited best. For only $3,450 more, you get an overhead monitor, the blind-spot view monitor, Remote Smart Parking Assist, a sunroof, a better audio system, and a hands-free power liftgate.

How many miles per gallon does the Hyundai Nexo get?

As an electric vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel-cell, the Nexo doesn’t get a traditional MPG rating from the EPA.

But using the EPA’s MPGe rating, the Nexo Blue is the more efficient trim, achieving 65 MPGe city/58 MPGe highway/61 MPGe combined and a total range of 380 miles.

Hyundai, of note, provides free hydrogen to Nexo buyers for three years or a total price of $15,000, whichever comes first.

Which 2023 Hyundai Nexo offers the most safety?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has crash-tested the Hyundai Nexo. But given its long list of standard passive and active safety features, we expect the car to perform well.

In a collision, sensors at the front and rear of the Nexo are triggered to automatically
cutoff the supply of power and hydrogen, ensuring driver and passenger safety.

Andy Bornhop
Andy Bornhop
Andy Bornhop is an author specializing in the automotive world, primarily the new cars, trucks, crossovers, vans and SUVs that support our daily lives and provide us with such superb personal mobility. While all new vehicles are much more competent than they used to be, there remain some significant differences, and Andy enjoys sharing that info with anybody who’s interested. His first car? A... Read More about Andy Bornhop

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