2022 Lexus NX: Which Trim Level is Best?

The 2022 Lexus NX lineup has plenty of options to choose from. Four trims, as well as four engine options, give potential buyers a lot to think about. When considering which version of the Lexus NX to purchase you’ll first have to decide on a standard fully gas-powered, hybrid, or plug-in hybrid engine. The four different trim levels each bring different packages with varying features, pricing, and value. So which 2022 Lexus NX trim level should you choose?

Every 2022 Lexus NX model

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2022 Lexus NX450h | Lexus

The standard NX model is the NX250, which comes with the same engine as the Toyota RAV4. It can be purchase for around $39,000 and offers standard, premium, and luxury trims. Optional all-wheel drive is available for an additional $1,600.

The next step up is the NX350 turbo. This standard AWD model is capable of producing 275-hp and comes in the F-Sport variant. If interested in an F-Sport, this is a great place to start, not to mention the cheapest. Standard, premium, and luxury trims are available on the NX350, subtracting premium on the F-Sport. This model starts at $42,500 and the F-Sport NX350 starts at $47,500.

The NX350h is the hybrid model is one of the most efficient luxury SUVs available. It’s also remarkably priced slightly lower than the NX350 turbo. Starting at $42,000, the NX350h is available with standard, premium, and luxury trim levels.

Finally, the NX450h+ plug-in hybrid sits at the top of the Lexus NX lineup. The only trim available for this model of NX is luxury, which is a big reason why it’s so expensive. It starts at $56,500 and offers an F-Sport variant for $58,000. This is the only other NX model to offer F-Sport besides the NX350 turbo.

What comes in Lexus NX trim levels?

The standard trim level the NX350h, for example, will come equipped with a 9.8-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 10 speakers, and Lexus Safety System+ 3.0. The Lexus Safety System+3.0 is Lexus’ package full of safety technology to make sure you’re always kept safe. The digital key with safe exit assist is standard on all NX models, but the NX350h also includes blind-spot monitoring.

If you choose to upgrade the NX350h to the premium trim, here’s what you’ll get. This higher trim will cost an extra $3,050 but comes with plenty of technology and amenities to make it worth your while. A moonroof, power liftgate with hands-free opening, rear-cross traffic braking, ambient lighting, and a power tilting/telescoping steering column. These features can be extremely convenient in certain situations, especially that hands-free opening tailgate. It might not sound like much, but don’t knock it till you try it.

The luxury trim is the highest available and comes in at another additional $4,400. This one will automatically upgrade the touchscreen display to 14.0-inches, which is an available option on lower trims. It also adds a 10.0-inch color head-up display, upgraded ambient lighting, leather seats, and dark wood trim throughout. Though these features are attractive, the price tag is steep. Boosting your Lexus NX350h over $50,000 is pretty easy to do once all these trims start coming in.

Which model and trim is best?

Though the NX450h+ plug-in hybrid looks great, the price hike it comes with might not be worth it. We recommend going with the NX350h which starts at a very reasonable price. Outfitting it with either the standard or premium trims will keep the SUV affordable. The luxury trim starts to get pricey, but if you’re able to manage it, the upgrade is worth it. Especially compared with other models and even brands, the NX350h is priced well for what it includes, not to mention the hybrid engine. Twenty-inch wheels are available across all trims and models for an additional $1,301, and a panoramic glass roof can be added to luxury trims for $500.

As Motor Trend mentions, you can’t really go wrong with the countless features included in the Lexus NX trim levels. The only real question is how much money you’re willing to spend to get even more comfort, convenience, and safety technology. If the F-Sport variant is important to you, your options are limited and expensive. Overall, the mid-level models and trims are filled with features and significantly less pricey than the higher models and trims. They also don’t add too much cost over the base NX models. That’s why we recommend sticking with the NX350 turbo or NX350h.

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