Every time Lexus makes an appearance on my roster, I can rely on certain levels of Quality, Durability, and Reliability. The 2024 Lexus NX 350h Luxury AWD fulfills all expectations on these fronts. While there aren’t major changes from the 2023 model year, there are enhancements that further solidify its position in the compact SUV market.
This small, crossover SUV has numerous appealing aspects. It boasts a sporty appearance with impressive exterior lines. Lexus excels in cabin design, and the 350H certainly lives up to that reputation. The optional 14-inch touchscreen in my test vehicle was a standout feature. Some important enhancements and additions were made for the 2024 model year, so let’s delve deeper into my experience with the 2024 Lexus NX 350h Luxury AWD.
What’s Fresh for 2024!
- Four powertrains, including two hybrid electric models
- Lexus Interface includes wireless Apple Car Play and Android Auto, Voice Assistant and available Digital Key
- Available Advanced Park aids with perpendicular parking/exiting and parallel parking/exiting
- Color-keyed elements added to the glove box and passenger side center console
The 2024 Lexus NX 350h makes a strong statement with its exterior, particularly in the officially retired Cadmium Orange color, which is an appealing burnt orange. There are still fantastic color options available, ranging from the eye-catching Redline to one of my favorites, Nori Green Pearl, as well as the more common White, Gray, and Black. This compact SUV sits proudly, providing drivers with a heightened sense of position on the road. The 20-inch wheels significantly add to its strong stance. One aspect of the NX 350 that appealed to me was its seemingly perfect height and ground clearance, measuring at 7.7 inches according to the specs. Despite its compact size, the NX 350h doesn’t compromise on presence and offers ample space and commanding visibility.
The cabin of the NX 350h is a blend of luxury and technology. The large, optional 14-inch touchscreen infotainment center takes center stage, providing intuitive access to the vehicle’s numerous features, including the Lexus Interface with wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Voice Assistant. The available Digital Key adds an extra layer of convenience and sophistication. For 2024, Lexus has tastefully enhanced the interior with color-keyed elements in the glove box and passenger side center console, creating a cohesive and upscale environment. The cream-colored braided seats in my test Lexus are not only visually appealing but also exceptionally comfortable, ensuring a comfortable ride experience whether navigating city streets or embarking on a long road trip.
Engine and Transmission
The Lexus NX 350h enhances the alt-fuel segment with its improved power and efficiency. Its advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive system combines a D4-S fuel injection 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder gasoline engine with a duo of high-torque electric motor-generators, producing robust acceleration and overtaking capabilities. This model innovates by employing a unique AWD system that avoids traditional transfer gears and a driveshaft, instead incorporating a dedicated electric motor to engage the rear wheels for additional traction when needed.
This refined hybrid setup generates a total system output of 240 horsepower, achieves a swift 0-60 mph sprint in just 7.2 seconds, and offers an impressive EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 39 MPG combined. I effortlessly maintained an average of 36-38 MPG with little to no effort to conserve fuel.
Driving the NX 350 hybrid is a pleasant experience. The vehicle’s adept maneuverability allows for easy navigation through traffic, while the impressive fuel economy of approximately 39 miles per gallon ensures that your journey is as efficient as it is enjoyable. The heads-up display and an array of safety features ensure that drivers can remain focused on the road ahead, confidently handling the vehicle’s spirited performance. It is remarkably easy to park and is a solid option for a daily driver. The ground clearance provides an extra check mark in the visibility department.
The 2024 NX series comes equipped with the latest array of driver assistance technologies from Lexus. The comprehensive Lexus Safety System 3.0+ includes features such as Lane Tracing Assist, Road Sign Assist, a Pre-Collision system that incorporates Pedestrian Detection, as well as Dynamic Radar Cruise Control complemented by Curve Speed Management. Additionally, it includes Lane Departure Alert paired with Steering Assist and Intelligent High Beam Headlamps for enhanced safety.
Standard features also include a Blind Spot Monitor and a Digital Latch equipped with Safe Exit Assist for added security and convenience.
Furthermore, the package offers optional enhancements, including Front and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, and a Panoramic View Monitor, providing an extra layer of protection and assistance.
For me, the heads-up display and user-friendly steering wheel controls make it convenient to access all the necessary information without diverting attention from the road.
The 2024 Lexus NX 350h Luxury AWD is a compelling vehicle for anyone in the Luxury Compact SUV market. It exemplifies Lexus’ ability to blend luxury, efficiency, and technology and transfer that expertise to a compact SUV. With its striking design, advanced features, and impressive fuel economy, the NX 350h stands out as a top contender for those seeking a vehicle that seamlessly combines style with substance. Whether you’re drawn to its vibrant exterior, the seamless and engaging interior, or the peace of mind provided by its safety features, the NX 350h is poised to deliver an exceptional driving experience.
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