The NX has just been redesigned. This overhaul brought not just a new styling, but also significant improvements regarding chassis setup and overall ride quality, along with lots of new tech and safety features. All this indicates that the next year’s model will carry on without more important changes. This refers to all versions, including the 2023 Lexus NX 350, which comes with the new turbo-four engine. Of course, we won’t exclude the possibility to see some minor updates, such as new color options and additions to the list of standard equipment, or maybe even a new appearance package.
In any case, the 2023 Lexus NX 350 will continue to offer familiar design characteristics and features. This small crossover offers composed handling in a combination with good driving dynamics. Also, we like the new interior design very much, which looks great and features excellent build quality. Finally, the list of standard equipment is very long, especially when it comes to safety features.
Considering that no bigger changes are about to come, we expect that the 2023 Lexus NX 350 will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 Lexus NX 350 Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 Lexus NX 350 will represent the second production year of the new generation. So, there is no need for updates. The recent redesign brought so many novelties. Of course, there is the new styling, which brings the new iteration of the spindle grille but also comes with more conventionally designed headlights.
Besides the new styling, this redesign also brought completely new mechanics. This compact SUV now rides on the TNGA platform and offers a way better suspension setup. The handling is very composed, while the steering is precise. Also, it’s important to keep in mind that this particular version comes standard with an all-wheel drive, so drivers may count on the great grip in all weather conditions.
On the inside, you will find a completely new cabin, so there is no need for changes in the second production year. We are about to see the same dashboard design, which looks simple and elegant. One of the biggest novelties is a massive touchscreen that is a little bit driver-oriented and which feels way more intuitive compared to the previous laptop-mouse-pad-like unit. The overall quality has also improved and the materials feel even nicer than before. Typically for Lexus, the attention to detail is out of this world.
Besides excellent quality, this SUV also offers a decent amount of passenger space. Traditionally, the front seats are some of the best in the class, while the previous generation feels notably more spacious compared to the previous generation. Still, rivals like BMW X3 and Volvo XC60 still offer notably more passenger room in the second row.
The cargo area is also a little bit smaller than you would expect. You get around 22.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 46.9 cubic feet of the total cargo volume.
Considering that we are talking about the second production year, it’s hard to believe that bigger changes could happen in this aspect, even though a few things may be added to the list of standard equipment. So, base models should come with goodies like a 9.8-inch touch screen, navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a virtual assistant, a 10-speaker stereo, HD Radio, Bluetooth, two USB ports, keyless entry, push-button start, automatic climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, a manual liftgate, and 18-inch wheels.
The list of standard equipment should also include a long list of safety features. Some of the highlights will be goodies like a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert automatic high-beam headlights, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, forward automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and road sign recognition, lane departure warning, and lane-keep assist.
The list of options will also be very long. Some of the highlights should be goodies like genuine leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a 14-inch touch screen, a 17-speaker stereo, wireless device charging, a digital key, a moonroof, ambient lighting, a hands-free power liftgate, a surround-view parking camera system, a digital rearview mirror, front and rear parking sensors, hands-free park assist, a head-up display, adaptive headlights.
2023 Lexus NX 350 Engine
The 2023 Lexus NX 350 will continue with a 2.4-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 275 horsepower and comes in pair with 8-speed automatic transmission. As we already mentioned, all-wheel drive is standard. The whole setup feels very refined, while the SUV is pretty quick. For example, it needs around 6.5 seconds to hit 60 mph.
When it comes to fuel economy, you may count on about 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, which seems quite decent for the segment.
2023 Lexus NX 350 Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2023 Lexus NX 350 sometime in the last quarter of the year, with the starting price of around 42.000 dollars.