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2021 Lexus NX 300h Review

 2021 Lexus NX 300h Review

Lexus practically invented the luxury SUV category when it introduced the RX more than two decades ago, leading sales in the segment year after year. As the car grew in popularity, Lexus debuted the NX crossover in 2014, just in time to quench growing market and consumer thirst for luxury CUVs. It also leveraged Toyota's dominance in hybrid powertrains to offer the NX 300h variant.

Since the introduction of the NX six years ago, there's now much more competition, particularly among German rivals Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. Even so, the Lexus NX 300h remains a formidable luxury crossover contender, offering the best fuel economy in the segment, top safety features, and the automaker's legendary reliability, while the latest 2021 model gets a few new standard features and options, but also a slight price bump.

Lexus NX 300h Features, Pricing, and Design
The 2021 Lexus NX 300h is the tallest and most SUV-like five-seat compact luxury hybrid crossover in its class. It comes in two trims, both of which are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a nickel-metal hydride battery pack and electric drive motor combined with a two-speed continually variable transmission with sequential shifting to supply 194hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque.

While perhaps showing its age, the exterior styling is distinctive and the interior lives up to the Lexus brand of refined elegance, with plenty of space, save for a small-for-the-segment cargo hold. For 2021, the NX 300h adds as standard features blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, updated low-profile wiper blades, power-folding and auto-dimming reverse-tilt mirrors, two new exterior colors, minor interior tweaks, and a more powerful Mark Levinson amplifier as an option.

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