In our recent Road Test of the redesigned 2022 Lexus NX line of subcompact SUVs we focused on their first-time plug-in hybrid. But we were also intrigued by their sportiest, more traditional variant, the NX 350 F-Sport.

The NX 350 itself sees an all-new 2.4-liter turbo-4 rated at 275 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque, which delivers to all wheels through an 8-speed automatic. Naturally the optional Fuji Speedway “F Sport” stamp is best be felt in tight corners that get the most out of the added active variable suspension and upgraded dampers. It is firmer riding, and a little sharper in response; which may not be to most buyer’s tastes; but it is to ours.

Along with the bolder styling elements of the new-gen NX, the F Sport has a dedicated grille, unique front and rear bumpers, body-matched fender arches, and 20-inch black wheels. The cabin sees F Sport accents, like perforated materials on the sport seats, center console and steering wheel. Down below are aluminum pedals and matching scuff plates; uptop, special Graphite Aluminum trimmings. The available Luxury Package upgrades the NX-standard 9.8-inch infotainment to a 14-inch display.

All said and done, the 2022 Lexus NX 350 F Sport starts just under $50,000, in the middle of the NX lineup; in our opinion, a great place for it to be.