2021 Lexus NX 300

MSRP $37,510

Ranked #13 in Compact Suv

7.2

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2021 Lexus NX 300 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 18, 2021

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Launched back in 2014, the Lexus NX 300 has been a successful SUV in its segment. Equipped with a 2L Turbo inline-4 motor, the 2021 NX 300 offers decent performance and suits your daily commute. With a spacious cabin and a plethora of features, the stylish SUV stands out in the crowd. The interior is premium, well-built, and offers a perfectly silent ride for the occupants.

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Pros

Spacious and premium interiors

Feature-rich cabin

Stylish exterior design

Noise insulation

Commanding driving position

Cons

Poor cargo space

Unintuitive touchscreen interface

What's New?

For the 2021 model year, there are no significant changes

Vehicle is expected to come with new color options

Blindspot monitoring has now been made standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$37510

bodystyle

dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

124 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

235 hp @ 4800 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1650 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

capacity

passenger volume

71.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

54.6 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/28 mpg

highway range

445.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$37,510 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Lexus NX 300 in Atomic Silver color
Atomic Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

5.5

Engine and Performance

7.8

Fuel Economy

7.4

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.5

Safety

8.2

Competition

7.0

Final Verdict

6.0

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.2

Overall Rating


With minute aesthetic upgrades, the 2021 Lexus NX 300 continues to impress the buyers with what it offers for the price. For 2021 MY, the NX 300 is offered at $37,610 for the base FWD version, while the prices go up to $45,460 for the top-of-the-line AWD version of the Luxury trim. The affordable price bracket and immense features onboard make it a good pick in the crossover SUV segment. The 2021 Lexus NX 300 competes against the likes of 2021 Acura RDX, 2021 Volvo XC60, and 2021 BMW X3.

2021 Lexus NX 300 SUV front ange view
2021 Lexus NX 300 SUV rear angle view

7.8/10
Engine and Performance

7.4/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

7.5/10
Exterior

8.2/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition

6.0/10
Final Verdict


2021 Lexus NX 300 Features

The 2021 Lexus NX 300 is available in two different trim levels: the base NX 300 and the NX 300 Luxury. A hybrid version is also made for the US market but is reviewed separately. The base trim costs $37,610 for the FWD and $39,010 for the AWD. The base model itself is plentifully equipped with lots of convenient features. It gets an 8” touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi hotspot paired with an 8-speaker audio system. The top-of-the-line NX 300 Luxury gets a heated steering wheel, perforated leather-trimmed interior, power rear door, and much more.

Models

Lexus NX 300

Lexus NX 300 Luxury

MSRP (FWD)

$37,610

$44,060

MSRP (AWD)

$39,010

$45,460

Key Features

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Leather upholstery

 

10-way power-adjustable front seats

Heated and ventilated front seats

 

Lexus Safety System+ 2.0

Heated Steering Wheel

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Navigation

 

8-inch infotainment screen

60/40 power-folding rear seats

 

Infinity sound system

Power Tilt/Slide Moonroof

 

Bi-LED Headlamps, LED Taillamps

Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System

Which trim should you buy?

Both the trims are plentifully equipped and fit the price tag of buyers in the segment. The Luxury trim is pricier but adds Leather upholstery, Heated and ventilated front seats, Heated Steering Wheel, Moonroof, an 8-inch infotainment system, and an available 14-speaker Mark Levinson premium sound system. Hence, the Luxury trim would be a viable choice for those who expect superior and premium quality inside out.

2021 Lexus NX 300 Engine and Performance

7.8/10

The 2021 Lexus NX 300 is equipped with a 2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 that churns out 235 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The buyer can choose between an FWD or AWD drivetrain. The engine is mated to a 6-Speed Automatic transmission unit which performs really well and delivers seamless shifts. The engine is well-tuned and offers good driving comfort rather than exemplary performance. 

2021 Lexus NX 300 SUV engine bay

The transmission shifts smoothly and offers consistent power delivery without many notable jerks. The engine gives good punch, especially in the mid-range. The motor pushes the vehicle to 60 MPH within 6.4 seconds from a perfect standstill. The vehicle completes the quarter-mile race within 14.8 seconds. Speaking of top speed, it maxes out at 124 mph which turns out to be the slowest in the segment.

Models

2021 Lexus NX 300

2021 Acura RDX

2021 Volvo XC60

2021 BMW X3

MSRP

$37,610

$38,400

$41,700

$43,000

Engine 

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

AWD

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

10-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power 

235hp @ 4,800rpm

272hp @ 6,500rpm

250 hp @ 5,500 rpm

248hp @ 5,200rpm

Torque

258lb-ft @ 1,650rpm

280lb-ft @ 1,600rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm

258lb-ft @ 1,450rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.4

6

6.2

6.7

Quarter mile (sec)

14.8

14.1

14.6

15.1

Top Speed (MPH)

124

125

136

155

In comparison, the power delivered by the Lexus isn’t the best in the competition. Nevertheless, the Acura RDX is the most powerful in the segment, followed by the Volvo XC60. The acceleration figures of all cars in the competition are pretty decent and close to one another. However, the BMW X3 is the one that hits the highest top speed of 155 mph.

How well does the 2021 Lexus NX 300 handle?

The 2021 Lexus NX 300 has a perfect SUV-like handling character. With minimal ground clearance, the vehicle saves itself from heavy body roll. The steering offers good feedback to the driver. Moreover, the driving position is high and commanding. The cabin sits down at the window level which provides immense visibility even for short people. The pedals are highly responsive and rigid enough.

2021 Lexus NX 300 SUV ride and handling

Being a heavy SUV with a crossover design, the vehicle pulls back on twisty and windy roads. When the throttle is floored, the vehicle does show some hesitation, which can affect the smooth ride that it otherwise offers. The aerodynamic curvy design makes it move easily. It uses Macpherson strut suspension in the front and double-wishbone suspension in the rear which offers handling on par with its rivals.

Braking Performance

Brakes and their capabilities are as important as acceleration and performance. The 2021 Lexus NX 300 is one of the heaviest cars in the segment with a curb weight of 3,940 pounds. However, it gets the smallest brakes in the segment, which is not a good deal to talk about. The 11.7” brake rotors at the front and the 11.2” at the rear do good work and can halt the vehicle from 60 MPH within 138 feet. The braking performance could have been made better if the brand equipped it with larger brakes.

Models

2021 Lexus NX 300

2021 Acura RDX

2021 Volvo XC60

2021 BMW X3

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

11.7

12.4

13.6

13

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

11.2

12.2

12.6

13

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,940

3,783

4008

3,931

x60-0 MPH (feet)

138

N/A

116

N/A

In comparison, the Volvo XC60 is the heaviest in the segment, followed by Lexus. Volvo thus gets the biggest brakes of 13.6 inches in the front and 12.6 inches in the rear, which help it in stopping well within 120 feet. Acura is lighter than the rest of the rivals but gets bigger brakes than Lexus NX 300, and its relatively low curb weight should help it come to a stop well before the NX.

2021 Lexus NX 300 Fuel Economy

7.4/10

The buyers in the Crossover SUV segment keep a check on which options give the best economy ratings. As per EPA estimates, the 2020 NX 300 returns 22 MPG in the city, 28 MPG on highways, and a combined 25 MPG. These figures would be unchanged for the 2021 model year as the underpinnings and powertrain didn’t get any changes. The 2021 NX 300 gets a 15.9-gallon fuel tank, which is pretty subpar in the segment. The vehicle offers a decent driving range of 350 miles in cities and 445 miles on highways. With an affordable price tag, the 2021 Lexus NX 300 is to give you a good balance between performance, comfort, and mileage.

Models

2021 Lexus NX 300

2021 Acura RDX

2021 Volvo XC60

2021 BMW X3

MPG (City)

22

22

22

25

MPG (Highway)

28

28

29

29

MPG (Combined)

25

24

25

27

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

15.9

17.1

18.8

17.2

Range (City/Highway /Combined, in Miles)

350/445/397

376/479/410

413.6/545.2/470

430/499/464.4

The BMW X3 leads the competition in terms of fuel economy with 29 MPG on highways and 27 MPG combined. Lexus and Volvo closely compete with each other in terms of fuel economy, but in terms of the driving range, the Volvo XC60 takes home a clear win, thanks to its large 18.8-gallon fuel tank. It is the only car in the competition to put over 500 miles of driving range on the highways.

2021 Lexus NX 300 Interior

7.0/10

Lexus has been one of the well-known carmakers for its luxurious and plush interiors, making it a perfect space to sit and travel. The NX 300 is nothing less than a comfortable and luxurious daily driver. The 2021 Lexus NX 300 gets a well-built and sophisticated cabin with premium quality materials and leather upholstery. The cabin is busy and somewhat confusing at first, but once you are used to it, things will go smoothly. The cabin is spacious enough to accommodate five passengers comfortably with sufficient legroom. 

2021 Lexus NX 300 SUV cockpit area

The front seats are power-adjustable, while the rear ones feature power-recline, all covered in leather. Higher trims offer multi-level heated and ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, power-folding rear seats, and so on. The buyer shall choose from any of the available interior trims. Though everything seems to be on the positive side, the sub-par cargo space snatches the victory away from it. It gets 17.2 cubic feet of cargo capacity, which is the least in the segment.

2021 Lexus NX 300 SUV front seats

Models

2021 Lexus NX 300

2021 Acura RDX

2021 Volvo XC60

2021 BMW X3

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.2/57.3/42.8

40/60/41.6

38.0/58.2/41.5

41.1/57.6/40.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.1/55.3/36.1

38.0/57.0/38

38.0/56.3/38.0

39.1/56.0/36.4

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

17.7

29.5

17.8

28.7

The 2021 Lexus NX 300 is plentifully spacious and offers a good amount of room for 5 passengers. Coming to the rear row, Acura does offer the best-in-class space, followed by the Volvo XC60. However, the Acura RDX offers a top-notch cargo space of 29.5 cubic feet, followed by 28.7 cubic feet on the BMW X3. The 2021 Lexus NX 300 gets the least cargo space at 17.7 cu ft. Some of the standout interior features are:

  • Leather upholstery
  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Power-recline rear seats
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Multi-level heated and ventilated seats
  • Heated steering wheel

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2021 Lexus NX 300’s infotainment system gets an 8-inch touchscreen with a somewhat intuitive interface. The system is paired with an 8-speaker audio system. Smartphone connectivity features include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspot, and USB connectivity. Standard features such as smartphone navigation and HD Radio are included from the base.

The system comes equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Additional features that come as options include a 14-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, a 10.3” infotainment screen, and built-in navigation. The overall infotainment system feels good, but the controls and knobs make it unintuitive. Things shall be confusing for the driver at times, especially while driving in busy traffic. Standout infotainment features include:

  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Smartphone navigation
  • 14-speaker Mark Levinson audio system

2021 Lexus NX 300 Exterior

7.5/10

The 2021 Lexus NX 300 is a standout piece of work from the manufacturer. The stylish exterior of the NX 300 looks unique and crowd-pulling. With the top-notch road presence, Lexus attracts buyers who wish to have a unique fascia. The uniquely designed massive spindle front grille and triple LED headlamps and taillamps give it a different face than any other crossover SUV in the segment.

2021 Lexus NX 300 SUV 

The integrated roof rails and muscular lines make it more aggressive. Not many upgrades are seen in the styling or design for the 2021 model year, but new color options might be added to the lineup. The 18-inch wheels and 6.9-inches of ground clearance give a high-head to the vehicle. However, it is the smallest vehicle in terms of dimensions in the segment, measuring a length and width of 182.7 inches and 73.6 inches, respectively.

Models

2021 Lexus NX 300

2021 Acura RDX

2021 Volvo XC60

2021 BMW X3

Curb weight (lbs)

3,940

3,783

4008

3,931

Length (inches)

182.7

186.7

184.6

185.9

Width (Inches)

73.6

74.8

74.9

74.4

Height (Inches)

64.8

65.7

65.3

66.0

Ground clearance (inches)

6.9

5.7

8.5

7.2

Wheelbase (inches)

104.7

108.3

112.8

112.8

Among the competition, the Acura RDX is the longest, while the Volvo XC60 is the widest. Moreover, Volvo and BMW come with the longest wheelbase of 112.8 inches. However, the Lexus NX 300 is heavier than Acura and Bimmer and has a sturdy design. The NX 300 is small and sleek, which would help to potter through traffic in style. Some of the Standout exterior features are as follows:

  • Spindle front grille
  • Triple LED headlamps and taillamps
  • Integrated roof rails
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Power liftgate

2021 Lexus NX 300 Safety

8.2/10

Lexus never stops to amaze us when it comes to safety. NHTSA awarded 5-star overall ratings for the 2021 Lexus NX 300, while the IIHS rated it “Good” in all crash-test parameters. It also received the “Top Safety Pick+” award from the IIHS. Moreover, the vehicle offers standard safety and driver assistance features such as Stability Control, Lane Departure Warning System, Hill Start Assist Control, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Rear-view Camera with dynamic guidelines, and so on. It also comes with a post-collision safety system along with the Lexus Enform Safety Control. Standout safety features include:

  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning with pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning with lane keep assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • The surround-view parking camera system
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Lexus Enform Safety Connect
  • Post-Collision Safety System

2021 Lexus NX 300 Competition

7.0/10

2021 Lexus NX 300 vs 2021 Acura RDX

Acura RDX is one of the toughest competitors for the Lexus NX 300. Being identically priced, they both serve their purposes very well. The Acura RDX is more powerful in comparison and quicker than the Lexus. Looks, styling, interior layout, and MPG figures do seem similar. However, Acura drives quietly and smoothly with decent handling, and it is a very competitive car in this segment.

2021 Acura RDX

2021 Lexus NX 300 vs 2021 Volvo XC60

Being the heaviest in the segment and equally powerful as the rivals, the Volvo XC60 excels. The interior layout and amenities are as good as Lexus has on offer. Volvo, apart from being powerful, also offers good MPG figures and a large fuel tank, which makes it a viable choice. However, it isn’t as fun-to-drive as the Lexus NX 300.

2021 Volvo XC60

2021 Lexus NX 300 vs 2021 BMW X3

Like any other bimmer, the X3 also offers an impressive power figure and rigid performance. The 2021 BMW X3 offers the best-in-class fuel efficiency and has better dimensions, including wheelbase and ground clearance. BMW is the clear winner here because it has the most to offer. After all, Bimmer is more expensive than the NX 300, and when it comes to buying, there is no doubt that BMW is on the top of the table.

2021 BMW X3

 

2021 Lexus NX 300 Final Verdict

6.0/10

Though not the best in the competition, the 2021 Lexus NX 300 is a viable and affordable choice with pleasing amenities within. The interior and exterior are well-built which makes it aesthetically pleasing and functionally useful. The reliability of the brand and the long list of standard safety features that come as a part of the Lexus Safety System 2.0+ make it an excellent choice for those who have a lower budget. The base trim itself is well-equipped, and it gets only better as you opt for the Luxury trim level.

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