Luxury SUVs: NX 450h+ Sets the Bar for Plug-In Hybrids

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If you’re shopping small luxury SUVs, Lexus’ NX line-up has plenty of choices! Choose from the entry-level NX 250, the more powerful NX 350 or two hybrids: the NX 350h conventional hybrid and Lexus’ first plug-in hybrid, the NX 450h+.

The 450h+ has the same engine as its cousin, the Toyota RAV4* Prime plug-in. 

The four-cylinder gas engine and dual-electric motor setup give the 450h+ a combined 304 horsepower. And that’s good for 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds.  You can travel up to 40 miles on all-electric power before switching to regular hybrid mode for an EPA-estimated 36 mpg. It comes with CVT transmission, and AWD is also standard.  The ride is signature-Lexus as well—smooth and comfortable. 

NX starts off better equipped than most of its rivals

All in all, the NX 450h+ is priced on par with other luxury plug-in hybrid SUVs, mostly offered by the European brands.  Inside, the NX delivers what you’d expect of a Lexus–a quiet handsome and well-appointed cabin. Start with a large 14-inch infotainment touchscreen, cloud-based navigation, a virtual voice assistant, and wireless Apple and Android smartphone integration.  Add a slew of advanced driver assist features (as part of Lexus’ Safety System+ 3.0). So, all this can make the NX more affordable among the pack when you stack up all the options you’d expect in luxury SUVs. 

Inventory price on our 2023 450h+ started at $56,555. Options on ours included an automated parking system, triple beam headlamps, wireless smartphone charger. Add a panoramic view monitor with lane change assist and front cross traffic alert and a few other add-ons. In total, its final price tag was under $62K with delivery and handling.

Plug-in Hybrid
Lexus believes that the future of electric vehicles will be versatile, anticipatory and centered on elevating the consumer’s driving and ownership experience. NX 450h+ is one of the vehicles featured in its new “Like Attracts Like” campaign.

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