The luxury counterpart of the best-seller RAV4 still waits for a complete overhaul and if we can trust the latest reports, the current generation will remain in production for another year. This clearly indicates that the 2021 Lexus NX 300 will come without bigger changes. Of course, there is always a chance for smaller updates in terms of new color options and additions to the list of standard equipment, but the next-year model will remain essentially the same.
This means you may count on a lot of good things with the 2021 Lexus NX 300. While many criticize its not so engaging handling, no one can deny the model’s impressive interior quality, as well as the fact that the amount of space on the inside is actually pretty generous. Furthermore, the list of standard features, especially those in terms of safety, is really long. Finally, there are two quite efficient powertrain options, while like almost every Lexus, this one also features an excellent predicted reliability rating.
2021 Lexus NX 300 Design
Despite the rumors, we won’t see the 2021 Lexus NX 300 redesign for the next year. The current generation will remain in production for at least one more year. Therefore, the next year will bring no bigger changes. We are about to see the same design that has been introduced in 2015. The NX still rides on an MC platform and it is still one of the rare models that wait to switch to a new TNGA architecture. In terms of styling, the current generation doesn’t seem that old. It follows the brand’s design language and comes with a recognizable spindle grille. Given the model’s sales numbers, it’s obvious that Lexus engineers don’t have to rush with the redesign. For the next year, the best we could see are changes in terms of new color options and similar things.
The 2021 Lexus NX 300 interior also won’t bring too many novelties, but that shouldn’t be a problem. After all, the cabin design has always been one of the strongest points of this model. The overall build quality is really impressive, while the aesthetics come in Lexus’ typical manner, with loads of classic design solutions. The dashboard looks even more opulent thanks to loads of standard and available features.
Besides impressive quality, this cabin is also characterized by excellent comfort. Seats are amazing, while there is plenty of legroom in both rows. All in all, this crossover accommodates five passengers with ease. Also, the driver’s position is excellent, though rearward visibility could be better. When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on about 18 cubic feet behind the second row, while the overall cargo volume goes up to 55 cubic feet. These numbers are okay, but many rivals offer more.
When it comes to standard equipment, we might see a couple of additions for the next year. Still, most of the things are about to remain the same, so you may count on things like dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch display, Bluetooth, a USB port, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, smartphone app navigation etc. Additionally, you can get goodies like a 10-speaker sound system, a 14-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, a 10.3-inch infotainment display, and navigation.
When it comes to safety features, all models come standard with goodies like a rearview camera, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, bicyclist detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition. That’s a quite impressive list, which can be expanded with things like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a surround-view parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors, and automatic emergency braking.
2021 Lexus NX 300 Engine
Changes under the hood are not expected either. The 2021 Lexus NX 300 will carry on with the same 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, which puts out around 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It comes in pair with a 6-speed transmission, which delivers a smooth and comfortable ride. Driving dynamics are pretty much okay, though there are many rivals that feel more energetic. On the other side, you may count on pretty solid mpg ratings. This crossover returns around 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. That higher compared to most rivals in the class.
If you are looking for something really efficient, there is also the 2021 Lexus NX 300h hybrid of this crossover, good for about 194 horsepower, which returns around 33 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
In both cases, you may count on excellent predicted reliability ratings.
2021 Lexus NX 300 Release Date and Price
We expect that the new model will hit the market sometime late in the year. The 2021 Lexus NX 300 price should start at around 37.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Infiniti QX50, Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3 etc.