2021 Lexus NX Hybrid

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2021 Lexus NX Hybrid SUV Review: Time For A Facelift

The hybrid SUV segment in the USA is moving at a rapid pace, especially in the midsize class. The Lexus NX Hybrid is in real danger of being left behind. Even though it's still one of the most handsome SUVs around, the technology powering it is outdated. It also rides on the previous-generation RAV4's platform, which doesn't help when it has an all-new RAV4 hybrid to contend with. Still, the NX has a lot going for it. The hybrid powertrain consists of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with three electric motors, developing a combined 194 horsepower. Two of these motors are up front, while the third motor powers the rear axle to provide permanent all-wheel drive. Basically, it's an AWD setup without any mechanical coupling between the front and rear axle. Is that enough to keep the NX competitive, however?

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2021 Lexus NX Hybrid Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2020 NX Hybrid?

For a car that's getting long in the tooth, there isn't much new for the Lexus NX Hybrid and the manufacturer didn't do a whole lot to mix things up. Nori Green joins the color palette, and the steering wheel and tachometer have been redesigned. New standard features include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, power-folding side mirrors, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. An F Sport Blackline Edition has been introduced, too, with model specific paintwork and interior trimmings, and will be produced in limited numbers.

Pros and Cons

  • Hybrid powertrain delivers great fuel economy
  • Refined ride and standard AWD
  • Generous standard features list
  • Handsome exterior
  • Excellent interior comfort
  • Good safety ratings
  • Cargo capacity is not on par with rivals
  • The infotainment system is clunky and complicated
  • Small, cramped rear seats
  • No plug-in option

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2021 Lexus NX Hybrid Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
NX 300h
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
$40,160
NX 300h Luxury
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
$46,610
NX 300h F SPORT Black Line
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
$46,910

NX Hybrid Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 182.7 in
  • Wheelbase 104.7 in
  • Height 64.8 in
  • Max Width 73.6 in
  • Front Width 62.2 in
  • Rear Width 62.2 in
  • Curb Weight 4,180.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Nebula Gray Pearl
  • Atomic Silver
  • Caviar
  • Matador Red Mica
  • Eminent White Pearl
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Nori Green Pearl
  • Obsidian
  • Ultra White
  • Grecian Water

NX Hybrid Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
  • Transmission
    Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

NX Hybrid Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Front Leg Room 42.8 in
  • Front Head Room 38.2 in
  • Rear Leg Room 36.1 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.1 in

NX Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

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NX Hybrid Safety

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    6 Years \ 70,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    6 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    1 Years \ 10,000 Miles

Verdict: Is the 2021 Lexus NX Hybrid A Good SUV?

The NX is now six years old, and while Lexus has done a lot to keep it competitive, the basic layout of the drivetrain is problematic. We like the idea of having an AWD system with no mechanical links, but the system is rendered moot once the batteries are drained. Newer SUVs are currently leading the way, offering plug-in capability, which is more useful considering what most SUVs and crossovers spend their time doing. Still, the NX has a lot going for it. It doesn't look nearly as old as it is. It looks much better than a lot of brand-new SUVs and crossovers. It's also a generally practical, comfortable, and luxurious car. The old hybrid powertrain is the only fly in the ointment. Oh, and don't forget the horrible touchpad interface. We'd wait for the next-generation NX, which can't be that far off. Toyota is a leader in hybrid and alternative fuel technology, and a brand-new Lexus NX Hybrid SUV model with all the latest tech is sure to be a winner in the US.

What's the Price of the 2021 Lexus NX Hybrid SUV?

The base NX 300h has an MSRP of $40,160, increasing to $46,610 for the NX 300h Luxury. The 300h F Sport Black Line Edition retails for $46,810. That makes the NX relatively competitive from a cost perspective, as the newest car in the segment, the BMW X3 hybrid, retails for just under $50,000. The price of each 2021 Lexus NX Hybrid quoted here excludes the destination charge of $1,025.

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