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The 2023 Lexus NX 450h+ Emerges As a Viable Choice for Hybrid Cars Over Electric Vehicles

In the prior year, Lexus revamped the NX and unveiled the NX 450h+, a model recognized for its effectiveness with an electric-only range and impressive velocity. The vehicle is constructed on the same foundation as the Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid and showcases a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and hybrid system, producing a combined 302 horsepower. Alongside all-wheel drive, it presents a 37-mile electric-only range, marginally less than the RAV4 Prime’s 42 miles.

The charging process is swift, necessitating merely four and a half hours with a Level 2 240-volt charger utilizing the standard 3.3-kW onboard charger, and decreasing to two and a half hours with the optional 6.6-kW charger.

The NX 450h+ yields another edge over alternative trim levels—performance. It accomplishes a 0-60 mph time of 6.0 seconds, in contrast to the slower 8.6 seconds of the NX 250 AWD and NX 350h AWD, which achieve 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. Furthermore, it furnishes an enhanced driving experience and suspension arrangement in comparison to other NX models, accentuating comfort over athleticism.

Internally, the 450h+ highlights a new 14.0-inch touchscreen as part of an upgraded infotainment system, alongside a standard 9.8-inch screen. Nevertheless, the digital instrument cluster lacks a contemporary appearance and the steering wheel controls can be cumbersome to utilize. The vehicle also incorporates wireless charging, but the design is flawed, causing iPhones to easily lose connection.

The 2023 Lexus NX 450h+ commences at $57,705, endeavoring to offer a robust entry into the plug-in hybrid market with its extended electric range and amplified power, rendering it an enticing choice for hybrid vehicle aficionados.

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