2022 Lexus NX 450h+ Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Review
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2022 Lexus NX 450h+ Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Review

2022 Lexus NX 450h+ Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Review2022 Lexus NX 450h+ Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Review

Lexus first unveiled the NX series seven years ago, and when the vehicle hit the market, it sold about 1 million vehicles worldwide. The 2022 Lexus NX 450h+ is the second generation NX, and the new 2022 Lexus NX has been packed with new technology compared to its predecessor. One of the additions to the vehicle that stands out is the Lexus NX 450h+ plug-in hybrid and the 2022 Lexus NX Hybrid Electric Vehicle is the most stylish EV available.

This hybrid electric vehicle is a high-performance car with a -FXS 2.5-liter engine with two electric motors. The electric motors each power their own set of wheels, with one powering the rear wheels while the other powers the front wheels. The electric car has a dynamic force engine. The hybrid car has a maximum power output of 225 kW (306 PS/302 hp).

2022 Lexus NX 450h+ Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle ReviewDriving the 2022 Lexus NX Hybrid Electric Vehicle

The vehicle lets the driver have the option of selecting four different drive modes for the vehicle. The different modes are Self-Charge mode, HEV mode, AUTO EV/HEV mode, and EV mode. The 2022 Lexus NX 450h+ can run on the electricity in the traction battery while in the EV mode, which implies that the vehicle does not emit any CO2. When the vehicle is in the AUTO /HV mode, it automatically selects the best drive mode. That is either hybrid or pure electric, and the selection depends on the charge remaining in the traction battery, traction information, the route, and any other available data.

When the Lexus vehicle is in the HV mode, it uses both electricity and gasoline, making the performance car more powerful. When the vehicle is set in the self-charge mode, the battery charges itself using the engine's power.

2022 Lexus NX 450h+ Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle ReviewDistance Covered in EV Mode

The 2022 Lexus NX has an 18.1kWh lithium-ion battery pack. When the vehicle is in EV mode and the battery is fully charged, it covers approximately 36 miles. On the other hand, the (EPA-est), also known as the combined fuel economy, is 84 MPGe. The vehicle comes with a 3.3kW onboard charger that is standard, and if need be, the vehicle can be upgraded to a 6.6kW onboard charger.

To fully charge the battery pack, one needs to charge it for approximately 2.5 hours with the 6.6 kW charger or for approximately 4.5 hours with the 3.3 kW charger. The vehicle has a maximum speed of 84 mph when in EV mode, with an acceleration of 0-60 mph in 6 seconds.

Digital Interior

The vehicle's interior has been highly improved compared to other vehicles that came before it. The vehicle has a 7-inch HD MID and a 10-inch head-up display. The steering has the latest Touch tracer switches. The center stack has an interface multimedia system, and the multimedia system was developed in the U.S. The multimedia system integrates a 9.8-inch touchscreen or the much larger 14-inch touchscreen. The vehicle's interface has a voice assistant, dual microphones, cloud navigation, wireless Android Auto, wireless Apple CarPlay. The illumination in the car is inspired by nature with a 14 mood lighting theme, and the vehicle has a wireless smartphone charger and a digital key system.

2022 Lexus NX 450h+ Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Review 2022 Lexus NX 450h+ Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle ReviewTrunk Space

Commonly, most hybrid vehicles with huge batteries and fuel tanks tend to have smaller trunk or boot space. However this Lexus vehicle has a large trunk making it ideal for a large family or long road trips.

Safety of the 2022 Lexus NX 450h+ Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle

All NX models have the Lexus Safety System + 3.0. other than the standard safety features of the NX: Pre-collision system, Lane Departure Alert with steering assist, Road sign assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Intelligent High Beam, there are four additional highly advanced safety features.

The four additional features are:

  • Left Turn Oncoming Vehicle Detection/ Braking – this safety feature warns the driver and applies the brakes when the driver makes a left turn into oncoming vehicles.
  • Risk Avoidance Emergency Steer Assist – this safety feature applies the brakes and helps steer the vehicle in the right lane while at the same time it helps to avoid a collision.
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with Curve Speed Management – the safety feature manages the vehicle's speed in a curve on the road when the safety feature is enabled.
  • Right/Left Turn Oncoming Pedestrian Detection/Braking – this safety feature helps the driver apply the brakes when the driver turns either left or right towards a cyclist or a pedestrian.

2022 Lexus NX 450h+ Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Review 2022 Lexus NX 450h+ Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle ReviewGet Ready to Drive the 2022 Lexus NX 450h+ Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle in Style

The 2022 Lexus NX Hybrid Electric Vehicle has a perfect color palette to choose from both for the interior and the exterior. The sleek design of the vehicle has made the vehicle the topic of many car enthusiasts. All said and done, the vehicle is perfect for any person, whether for a single person or someone with a family. The vehicle's performance is suitable for a hybrid SUV, which is one of the things that makes it unique and a perfect performance car. The vehicle has a spacious trunk space that comes in handy when used to having frequent road trips when one needs to carry their children's sports kits to the games.

The vehicle's redesign took into consideration all the significant aspects that customers look for when purchasing a vehicle. With the upgrades in mind, the vehicle gives other cars of the same category a run for their money.

I was hosted at the Girls Guide to Cars review weekend in Los Angeles. All opinions are my own. 

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