Toyota’s premium division is upping its game in the compact utility-vehicle class for 2022 with the second-generation NX. It uses the same basic structure as the Toyota RAV4, but is uniquely styled with Lexus’s wide-mouth grille as the focal point. The NX also offers a wide range of new powertrains, starting with a 203-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder in the NX 250. The NX 350 gets a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 275 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. On the hybrid side, the NX 350h is equipped with the 2.5-liter engine plus front and rear electric motors that combine to produce 239 horsepower. Lastly, the NX 450h plug-in hybrid runs with the same 302-horsepower system found in the Toyota RAV4 Prime. Both get continuously variable transmissions. All-wheel-drive is optional for the NX 250, but standard for all other variants.
The 2022 Lexus NX will have two gasoline engine choices and two hybrid options.