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2023 Lexus NX: Choosing the Right Trim


The 2023 Lexus NX rolls into showrooms unchanged. No surprise there. Lexus completely redesigned its small crossover for 2022. Lexus offers the NX in several variants, including two hybrid models. Pricing begins at $39,755.

Going toe to toe with rivals like the Genesis GV70, Acura RDX, and Infiniti QX50, the NX stands out for its exceptional resale value, two hybrid powertrains, and a wide array of safety and driver-aid features.

The F Sport Handling package is available on the NX 350 and NX 450h+. This trim is really an option package for these two models; however, Lexus breaks out the 350 F Sport Handling and 450h+ F Sport Handling as different trims. So, we’re going to include them that way here.

Let’s see how the NX trim levels stack up.

2023 Lexus NX 250: $39,755

In many respects, the NX 250 isn’t an entry-level grade. Lexus has loaded it with convenience features, connectivity, and safety tech. However, its 203-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is better suited to the Toyota RAV4 that provides it. An 8-speed automatic transmission delivers engine torque to the front wheels. You can opt for all-wheel drive (AWD) for an extra $1,600.

Now for the good stuff. The NX rolls out of the box with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, heated power mirrors, and a driver-side auto-dimming outboard mirror. Also standard are proximity keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, faux-leather seating, and 8-way power-adjustable front seats. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated front seats make the grade as well.

Anchoring the infotainment system is a 9.8-inch touchscreen with Cloud Navigation, the “Hey, Lexus” personal assistant, and satellite-radio capability. Lexus includes wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot capability, and a 10-speaker audio system, too. You can upgrade to a 14-inch touchscreen and a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound system by checking option boxes.

Every NX comes with the Lexus Safety System+ 3.0 technologies. Among them are adaptive cruise control with Curve Speed Management and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection. Left-turn intersection assist, lane-departure alert with steering assist, lane-tracing assist, road-sign assist, and high-beam assist are also included. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert round out the bundle.

Safety Connect is standard. It helps first responders locate your vehicle if it has been in an accident or stolen. A 10-year subscription is free.

Lexus offers a plethora of options and option packages for every NX trim. For example, the Premium Package ($3,050) gains you ventilated front seats, a power moonroof, rain-sensing wipers, and more. It also includes Intuitive Parking Assist with automatic braking, which is Lexus speak for front/rear park assist with braking.

If you pay $6,150 for the Luxury Package, you’ll also get quilted leather seating, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a 10-inch head-up display, and more.

With the $1,150 factory delivery fee already added, the NX 250 price is $39,755. With no money down, financing for 60 months at 3% interest works out to about $714 per month. See 2023 Lexus NX 250 models for sale near you

2023 Lexus NX 250 includes:

Proximity keyless entry – If the key fob is on your person, the doors automatically unlock when you approach the vehicle or touch the door handle. Push-button start pairs with proximity keyless entry.

Power-adjustable front seats – Covered in faux leather, the heated front seats have 8-way power adjustments.

Safety System+ 3.0 – This comprehensive bundle of safety and driver-aid technologies spans everything from adaptive cruise control to rear cross-traffic alert.

2023 Lexus NX 350: $43,515

2023 Lexus NX 350 front right

The 350 is the best-selling NX trim level. You can attribute the difference in price between the NX 250 and NX 350 to the standardization of AWD and the upgraded engine. A 275-hp 2.4-liter turbocharged engine provides the go for the NX 350. Ushering power to all four wheels is the 8-speed automatic transmission.

Active sound control, which sends a computer-generated exhaust note through the speakers, comes standard on the NX 350.

Lexus offers the same options for the NX 350 as it does for the NX 250. However, for the NX 350, the Luxury Package is more expensive ($7,450) because it also includes 20-inch alloy wheels.

Including the factory delivery fee, the NX 350 price is $43,515. Financing for 60 months at 3% interest with no money down works out to a monthly payment of about $782. See 2023 Lexus NX 350 models for sale near you

2023 Lexus NX 350h: $43,105

An AWD hybrid (HEV), the Lexus NX 350h sources its thrust from a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and two electric motors. The total output is 239 hp. Its official EPA city fuel economy is 41 miles per gallon, which is 19 mpg more than the NX 350.

Otherwise, the NX 350h is equipped identically to the NX 350.

With the $1,150 factory delivery fee already baked into the NX 350 h’s base price, the total is $43,105. Using our no-money-down formula, the monthly payment works out to about $775. See 2023 Lexus NX 350h models for sale near you

2023 Lexus NX 350 F Sport Handling: $48,615

2023 Lexus NX 350 F Sport steering wheel

In many respects, the F Sport is a gussied-up version of the NX 350. On the outside, Lexus provides sporty elements like the grille, bumpers, and 20-inch gloss-black wheels. Inside, it’s elements like an F Sport steering wheel, sport seats, and aluminum pedal covers.

Moving to the F Sport does raise the sporting quotient a bit, thanks to an active suspension system with variable damping and stiffer springs.

Other standard features are rain-sensing wipers, 20-inch alloy wheels, and a 10-inch head-up display.

For $2,200, you can add the F Sport Handling Luxury Package. It adds ventilated front seats, a 14-inch infotainment touchscreen, Intuitive Parking Assist with automatic braking, and more.

With the factory delivery fee already figured in, the total price is $48,615. At 3% interest, financing for 60 months with no money down works out to about $874 per month. See 2023 Lexus NX 350 F Sport Handling models for sale near you

2023 Lexus NX 350 F Sport Handling includes:

Active suspension – The key performance element of the F Sport Package, this suspension provides stiffer springs, shock absorbers, and anti-roll bars.

Rain-sensing wipers – When the system senses moisture on the windshield, it automatically engages the wipers. The wiper speed adjusts according to the volume of the rain.

Head-up display – A projector on the dashboard at the base of the windshield displays key driver information on the windshield just below the driver’s line of sight.

2023 Lexus NX 450h+: $57,705

The “h+” indicates this Lexus is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). This PHEV version of the Lexus NX sources its hybrid powertrain from the RAV4 Prime; consequently, it’s a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine mated with two electric motors. The combined output is 302 hp. The maximum electric-only range is 37 miles.

The NX 450h+ builds on the NX 350h trim, gaining perforated and quilted leather seating, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, ventilated front seats, and black wood cabin accents. Also standard are a heated steering wheel, adaptive front LED lighting, rain-sensing wipers, a power moonroof, and 20-inch alloy wheels.

A 14-inch touchscreen, a 10-inch head-up display, a hands-free rear power liftgate, and Intuitive Parking Assist (with automatic braking) also come standard on the NX 450h+.

Lexus offers stand-alone options like a surround-view camera, Lexus Digital Key, and triple-beam LED headlights.

With the delivery fee already added, the price is $57,705. With no money down, financing for 60 months at 3% interest works out to about $1,037 per month. See 2023 Lexus NX 450h+ models for sale near you

2023 Lexus NX 450h+ includes:

More power – The PHEV powertrain in the NX 450h+ delivers 302 hp and up to 37 miles of electric-only range.

Adaptive front lights – These headlights point into turns and illuminate your way through curves.

14-inch touchscreen – This massive display controls the vehicle’s systems. Its larger size means larger icons, which are easier to touch when the Lexus is in motion.

2023 Lexus NX 450h+ F Sport Handling: $58,995

The NX 450h+ F Sport Handling loses the leather seating of the NX 450h+ in favor of the faux-leather seating you find on lower trims. Otherwise, it builds on the NX 450h+ grade while adding all the F Sport appearance touches from the NX 350 F Sport Handling.

Lexus gives the NX 450h+ F Sport Handling the same array of options as the NX 450h+.

The factory delivery fee is already reflected in the listed base price, which is $58,995. With our no-money-down scenario, the monthly payment works out to approximately $1,060. See 2023 Lexus NX 450h+ F Sport Handling models for sale near you

FAQ

What is the best 2023 Lexus NX trim level?

We think the marketplace has it right — the best NX trim level is the top-selling NX 350.

Which 2023 Lexus NX trim gets the best mpg?

No question, the hybrid trims get the best fuel economy. The 2023 Lexus NX 350h is rated by the EPA at 41 mpg city/37 mpg highway/39 mpg combined.

The NX 450h+ gets an estimated  84 MPGe in electric mode, or 38 mpg city/33 mpg highway/36 mpg combined when operating as a gas/electric hybrid.

The FWD Lexus NX 250 delivers 26 mpg city/33 mpg highway/28 mpg combined. Opting for AWD lowers that to 25 mpg city/32 mpg highway/28 mpg combined. The AWD Lexus NX 350 is rated by the EPA at 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway/25 mpg combined.

Which 2023 Lexus NX trim level is the safest?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the Lexus NX a Top Safety Pick+.

Every NX comes with the Lexus Safety System+ 3.0 bundle of safety and driver-aid technologies. Appearing on the NX 350 F Sport Handling is a head-up display, while adaptive headlights are standard on the NX 450h+. You can add a surround-view camera as an option on any NX trim.

Russ Heaps
Russ Heaps
Russ Heaps is an author specializing in automotive, financial and travel news. For nearly 35 years he has covered the automotive industry for newspapers, magazines and internet websites. His resume includes The Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald, The Washington Times and numerous other daily newspapers through syndication. He edited Auto World magazine, and helped create and edit NOPI Street... Read More about Russ Heaps

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