If you analyse the 2022 Lexus NX alone, you will see that its standard package offers many electronic systems for active and passive protection
, which is awesome. However, if you analyse its main competitors, namely the German ones, you will see that they have done the same for a long time. The NX is safe and reliable, indeed, but does not really stand out in the category in this regard.
The all-new Lexus NX uses electronically controlled brakes on its hybrid versions and hydraulically controlled brakes on the ICE ones. There are larger discs, several electronic brake controls to make their operation more effective, and a pedal whose shape was redesigned to give a safer feel. For the first time, the pedal also received a damping mechanism to return.
The standard model brings front and side airbags for driver and front passenger, curtain airbags for both seat rows, knee airbag for the driver, and cushion airbag for the front passenger.
The model brings the third generation of the Lexus Safety System+, which is a full list of electronic systems. They help the car stay in its lane, help the driver deal with blind spots at all times, protect it from imminent collisions, make parking easier, and reduce the effect of an unavoidable collision.
Top-tier models use projector LED headlights with adaptive high beam function: a forward camera signals how intensely they should work. The signature L-shaped daytime running lights appear once again and have a new trick: they fade out to become turn lights when the driver needs that. The standard headlights use bi-beam LEDs with automatic high beam function.
The model benefits from the Lexus Driving Signature, a bundle of construction notions that use the GA-K brand new platform and aim at enhancing the connection between driver and car. AWD is an optional item here, although not the same across the trim list: ICE versions use a regular full-time system while the hybrid ones use an additional electric motor to power the rear axle.