Lexus has updated its NX luxury small crossover for the 2022 model year, putting it on a new platform, giving it some updated styling and bringing a bunch of new technology to the party — including something special: an all-new, fully up-to-date multimedia system. I don’t know what has me more excited about this thing — the looks, the new plug-in-hybrid model or the fact that Lexus has finally, finally ditched the screwy touchpad in favor of a huge new touchscreen. Fact is, there’s a lot to like about this new 2022 NX, not just the new styling or tech.
The Spindles Are Growing on Me
Let’s start with the obvious exterior update. If you have trouble telling this one apart from the outgoing NX, well, that’s not unexpected. Lexus styling doesn’t change that much these days, and it all seems to be a variation on a common theme: spindles. But this is actually an entirely different vehicle than the outgoing one, and the styling is considerably refined. The bulging fenders are much better executed to make for better proportions, but the best view might be the rear-three-quarters, where the new, full-width taillight lends a wider stance to the NX. You also might notice that the Lexus “L” badge is gone in back, replaced with a new Lexus block script that you’ll start to see appearing across the Lexus lineup. The overall look of the new NX is cleaner and more aggressive — a nicely modern update to the nameplate.