2022 Lexus NX450h+ Plug-In Hybrid First Test: The Best NX Is the Flagship Model


2022 Lexus NX450h+ Plug-In Hybrid First Test: The Best NX Is the Flagship Model

Well, this isn’t what we expected. After the new 2022 Lexus NX350 and NX350h models left us wanting more, the NX450h+ bettered our expectations. Currently the only Lexus-badged plug-in hybrid available, the NX450h+ is the most technologically advanced, quickest, and at $56,635 to start, most expensive NX model on the market. After testing it on the track and in the real world, we discovered the 2022 Lexus NX450h+ is also the best NX, too.

Based on the Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid, the 2022 Lexus NX450h+ sits at the top of the expansive NX range. The Toyota is a great starting point; as with the new NX, we prefer the RAV4 Prime to the standard-engine RAV4. Both the Toyota and Lexus offer 302 hp from a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline-four and hybrid system. On the Lexus, all-wheel drive and an estimated 37-mile EV range are standard.  

Although off the pace of the RAV4 Prime (42 miles), the Lexus NX450h+ demolishes its luxury competition in EV range. Now that the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class have left the plug-in-hybrid party in the U.S., the Audi Q5 55 TFSI e and Volvo XC60 Recharge remain as direct targets. The 2022-model-year Audi manages 23 miles of EV range, though the more performance-oriented Volvo only ekes out 18 miles. After those EV-propelled miles are gone, these premium plug-ins automatically activate their gas engines to continue your luxury SUV adventures for another few hundred miles. The Lexus changes the game and should be top of mind for anyone who toys with the idea of a luxury SUV hybrid on EV numbers alone. Getting up to 37 miles means you’ll spend more of your commute in blissful engineless quiet before recharging.

For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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