A number of compact luxury suvs are now available as plug-in hybrids, known as PHEVs. If you charge up these models using electricity from the grid, you get a certain amount of all-electric range. But you also have a gasoline engine on board for longer trips. It’s almost like the best of both worlds between a gasoline car and an electric vehicle.
The 2023 Lexus NX is available in PHEV form, called the NX 450h+. But unlike all its rivals, you can also buy the NX as a traditional hybrid, called the NX 350h. This is a gas-electric vehicle that recharges itself with no plug. It’s less economical than a PHEV running on electricity, but it’s less expensive and it delivers standout mileage for folks who can’t easily plug in. We’ve tested both the NX 350h and the NX 450h+. Keep reading to learn about their pros and cons and whether one of the gas-electric Lexus NX models is the right compact luxury crossover for you.