2021 Lexus NX 300

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2021 Lexus NX 300
2021 Lexus NX 300

Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

182.7” x 64.8”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Cabin quality
  • Relatively roomy backseat
  • Many standard features
  • Hybrid fuel efficiency
  • Responsive transmission (NX 300)

The bad:

  • Drivetrain response (NX 300h)
  • Mushy brakes (NX 300h)
  • Smallish cargo area
  • Touchpad multimedia interface

3 trims

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Notable features

  • Blind spot warning now standard
  • Five-seat compact luxury SUV
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • NX 300h hybrid available
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay standard

2021 Lexus NX 300 review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Lexus NX?

The Lexus NX 300 compact luxury SUV and its hybrid variant, the NX 300h, slot below the RX in Lexus’ lineup. The NX 300 gets a 235-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that works with a six-speed automatic transmission. The NX 300h’s hybrid drivetrain includes a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motors for a total system output of 194 hp. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available on the NX 300, while the NX 300h is only available with all-wheel drive. Both models seat up to five people and compete with the Acura RDX, Infiniti QX50 and Volvo XC60

What’s New on the 2021 Lexus NX?

Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert is now standard, along with power-folding and auto-dimming side mirrors. 

What Features in the 2021 Lexus NX Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • LED headlights and taillights
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Power-adjustable steering wheel
  • 8-inch multimedia screen
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity 
  • Wi-Fi hot spot with free trial 
  • Automatic emergency braking 
  • Adaptive cruise control 
  • Lane departure warning with steering assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

Available features include: 

  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Power moonroof
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Navigation with 10.3-inch screen
  • Mark Levinson premium stereo
  • 360-degree camera system

Should I Buy the 2021 Lexus NX?

The NX offers a high-quality interior with a surprisingly roomy backseat in a reasonably sized package. While the NX 300h gets better mileage, its drivetrain responses and mushy brakes diminish the driving experience. The SUV’s touchpad multimedia interface isn’t great to use, either.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior 4.7
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value 4.7
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Lexus NX 300 Experience

Runs great, ride is a little harsh/choppy on rough street surfaces. Good acceleration, and not great mileage on my type of trips (22) mpg of premium fuel. Good handling and hold on curves. If had it to do over again would have purchased a hybrid version.


Fantasic Vehicle

My wife. and I purchased a Lexus NX 300 in October of 2021. We absolutely love this vehicle as this is our very first Luxury car, I highly recommend this vehicle to anyone looking for class and value.


Excellent midsize SUV

Most any car that’s a Lexus is a 5 Star car. The Lexus NX 300 is no different. It looks fast standing still! The body is sleek and very cool looking. The instrumentation is all intuitive. Not too much technology for the sake of technology. The tide is a dream. My ONLY complaint is t takes premium gas and that gas was over $5.50 where I live but had gone down. I still wish I had bought the hybrid. Other than that, it’s a Lexus!! It cost more but as always you get what you paid for.

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New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
72 months/unlimited distance
72 months/70,000 miles
12 months/10,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance

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