2021 Lexus NX 300h Hybrid

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2021 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: June 22, 2021

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Under the hood of this $40,160 hybrid crossover sits a 2.5L naturally-aspirated four-cylinder gasoline engine coupled with three electric motors. Combined, the power output stands at 194 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It delivers a combined range of about 31 miles. 

With a price gap of 5 grand, the two trims offered, vary in comfort, features, and opulence. The safety features, reliability, performance, towing capacity, and durability of the NX 300h Hybrid remain the same for both trims. This hybrid from Lexus proves its potential up against rivals such as the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid.

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Pros

Terrific fuel economy

Feels premium on the inside

Noise insulation is top-notch

Cons

Cargo capacity is on the lower side

The cabin feels cozy in the front

Not the most sporty SUV to drive

What's New?

Blind-spot monitoring is now standard

A new paint shade called Nori green pearl


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$40060

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

112 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

154 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

152 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

2-speed CVT w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

11.7/11.2 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

104.7 in.

length

182.7 in.

width

73.6 in.

height

64.8 in.

curb weight

4180 lbs.

ground clearance

6.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

71.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

53.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

895 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

33/32/30 mpg

highway range

444 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


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Trims

Base $40,060 onwards

154 hp @ 5700 rpm | 2.5 L | Inline 4 | regular unleaded

  • 17" X 7" Silver Painted Aluminum Wheels
  • Bi-LED Headlamps & Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Firmer suspension tuning
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Infinity sound system
  • Lexus Multimedia System w/ 8" color display
  • Perforated NuLuxe interior trim
  • Power Tilt & Telescopic Steering Column
  • Power-Folding, Power-Adjustable, Auto Dimming and Heated Exterior Side Mirrors
  • Smartaccess w/ Push Button Start/Stop
  • Spoiler-mounted solar panel
  • Trailer hitch

Luxury $46,510 onwards

154 hp @ 5700 rpm | 2.5 L | Inline 4 | regular unleaded

  • Carbon-fiber aero kit
  • Heated & Ventilated Front Seats
  • Lexus Memory System
  • Lexus Multimedia System w/ 10.3" color display
  • Navigation System
  • Power Tilt/Slide Moonroof
  • Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers
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Colors and Styles

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

7.5

Engine And Performance

7.5

Fuel Economy

8.4

Interior

6.5

Exterior

5.7

Safety

8.0

Competition

7.0

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.3

Overall Rating


The Lexus NX300 and the 300h are great SUVs with all the latest technology on the inside, a frugal powertrain under the hood, and a proper luxurious and practical cabin on the inside. Under the skin, the NX300h shares its platform with the previous generation Toyota Rav4 and is a huge step up in terms of the overall product quality.

Offered in two trims that feature a 2.5L engine paired with a tri-motor setup, it comes priced at $40,160 for the base trim and $46,610 for the Luxury trim. The interiors of any Lexus are opulent, so are the interiors of the 2021 NX300h Hybrid. The infotainment and creature comforts offered in the Luxury trim are a notch above, but the towing capacity and performance remain the same.

2021 Lexus NX 300h hybrid SUV Front View
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7.5/10
Pricing and Features

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

8.4/10
Fuel Economy

6.5/10
Interior

5.7/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2021 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Pricing and Features

7.5/10

"The 2021 Lexus NX Hybrid offers good fuel economy and a gentle ride, but it’s held back by frustrating infotainment controls, a meager cargo hold, and disappointing performance." - Cars.USnews

The 2021 Lexus NX300h Hybrid is offered in two trims, just like last year. The range kicks start from $40,160 for the base trim and go the way up to $46,610 for the top-spec Luxury trim. Mechanically, both these trims are identical to each other, and the AWD system is a standard fitment. There are four optional packages available that can drive up the cost a fair bit. 

The Base trim of the NX300h comes standard with a ton of features including powered seats and a powered steering column for reach as well as for rake along with smartphone connectivity in the form of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and Bluetooth. Moving up the ladder, the Luxury trim demands a premium of more than $6000 which will get you a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, full LED lighting all around, and some more premium leather inside the cabin. 

Trim

NX 300h

300h Luxury

MSRP (AWD)

$40,160

$46,610

Key Features

Multi-Power Adjust Front Seats

Adds to NX 300h

 

Amazon Alexa, Android Auto Connectivity

Linear Black Shadow Wood Interior Trim

 

Power Tilt/Telescopic adjust Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel

 

Dual Zone Auto Climate Control

Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers

 

Windshield Wiper De-Icer

Perforated Leather-Trimmed Interiors

 

Heated ORVM with Turn Indicators

LED DRLs with Integrated Turn Indicators


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The base trim of the NX300h has plenty of kit on offer and for the price tag, it makes the most sense. It gets a healthy dose of interior creature comforts like a remote tailgate, smartphone connectivity, electronic function for the front seats as well as for the steering column and dual-zone automatic climate control. A whole suite of safety features including traction control, brake assist, blind-spot monitoring, and a tire pressure monitor are all offered as standard.


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2021 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Engine and Performance

7.5/10

"The 300h's power won't impress you, but low-end torque from the electric motor helps it scoot around the city rather quickly." - Edmunds

Powering the 2021 NX300h is a 2.5L inline-four gasoline engine assisted by a tri-motor setup. The engine on its own produces around 150 horsepower and runs on the Atkinson cycle for the highest efficiency possible. The rest of the grunt is provided by three electric motors and combined, this hybrid setup produces a respectable 194 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.

2021 Lexus NX 300h hybrid SUV Engine

The remaining 44 hp is electric power that is coupled with the mechanic power to deliver an overall power output of 194 hp, even the torque is further boosted to deliver an overall 258 lb-ft of torque. Further, this power unit is mated to a CVT transmission that delivers seamless drives as you cruise the freeways.

Models

2021 Lexus NX 300h

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid*

2021 Honda CR-V

MSRP

$40,060

$35,970

$30,560

Engine

2.5L DOHC 16V Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0L Boxer 4 Cylinder Naturally Aspirated

2.0L inline-4 Atkinson-cycle with 2 Electric motors

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

All-Wheel Drive

Transmission

Electronically Controlled CVT with Paddle Shifters

Lineartronic CVT with Adaptive Control

Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT)

Power (hp @ RPM)

194hp@5700 RPM

152hp@6000 RPM

212 hp @6,200 RPM

Torque (lb-ft @RPM)

258lb-ft@N/A RPM

145lb-ft@4000 RPM

232 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM

0-60 MPH

9.1 sec

8.3 sec

7.5 seconds

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

16.5 sec

16.3 seconds

Top Speed

N/A

N/A

112 mph

60-0 MPH

128 ft

118 ft

130 ft.

This rapid and instant electric torque makes the NX300h super breezy to drive in the city and stop and go traffic. With that said, do not expect this hybrid crossover to be sporty in any way. It is not its expertise and is neither designed to hoon around the twisties. It is a luxury crossover designed to deliver a relaxing and efficient drive at all times.

2021 Lexus NX 300h hybrid SUV Accelerate 0-60 MPH in 9.1 sec

At full gas, the engine revs to the max but the gearbox takes few crucial seconds to catch up and as a result, it takes a leisurely 9.1 seconds to reach 60 mph.  The Lexus NX300h is not exactly a dragster which is not a surprise. Its modest hybrid engine and the electric motor combo is mated to a CVT gearbox which doesn't help. Pedal to the metal and the NX takes its own sweet time to get a move on.

2021 Lexus NX 300h hybrid SUV Brake

With that being said, the performance is pretty healthy out in the city or on the highway. Subtle throttle inputs extract the most out of this powertrain and the NX300h can comfortably cruise on the motorway. As expected, none of its competitors offer a mind-blowing performance off the line but the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek hybrid manages a decent 8.3 seconds to reach 60 mph even with much lower power output. 


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2021 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Fuel Economy

8.4/10

"The hybrid powertrain nets considerable gains at the pump with ratings of 33 mpg city and 30 mpg highway." - Car and Driver

Lexus NX300h shines when it comes to fuel economy. The regular NX300, which is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged motor returns around 27 mpg out on the highway whereas the hybrid version kicks it up a notch and returns 32 mpg on the highway. The nat-asp engine runs on the Atkinson cycle for max efficiency and is aided by three electric motors.

Model

2021 Lexus NX 300h Hybrid

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

2021 Honda CR-V

MPG (City)

33

27

40

MPG (Highway)

30

33

35

MPG (Combined)

31

35

38

Fuel Capacity

14.8 gallons

13.2 gallons

14

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

488/444/458 miles

356.4/435.6/462 miles

560/490/532

There is an all-electric mode as well but the range is questionable. With that said, when combined with the engine and a CVT gearbox, the result is truly magnificent. The Subaru Crosstrek manages 33 mpg out on the highway which is even better than what Lexus manages.


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2021 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Interior

6.5/10

"It has a cushioned ride, impressive mpg ratings, and lots of passenger space." - Cars.USnews

Lexus has done a splendid job on the inside of the NX300h. The cabin is covered with ultra-premium leather all around which extends to the dashboard as well. The rest is covered with soft-touch plastics with a faux stitching effect to make it feel even plusher and premium. With that said, the design is starting to feel a generation or two older and that’s exactly what it is. But the experience and opulence are a right fit for the $40,160 that it asks for.

2021 Lexus NX 300h hybrid SUV Cockpit Area

For the infotainment and control panel the 2021 Lexus NX 300h Hybrid gets a  bigger 10.3-inch display which is standard on the Luxury trim and optional on the base trim.  The Lexus infotainment system is usually the biggest chink in the armor of Lexus cars. Unfortunately, the system is not touch-based which itself is a bummer.

Model

2021 Lexus NX 300h

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

2021 Honda CR-V

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

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

38.2/57.3/42.8

39.8/56.7/43.1

38.0/57.9/41.3

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

38.1/55.3/36.1

37.6/55.6/36.7

39.1/55.6/40.4

The front seats are one of the comfiest seats in the segment and above. They offer all sorts of adjustments that can be controlled electronically even for the rear seats as well. Talking about the rear seats, the headroom is a bit tight, thanks to the sunroof, which is just a standard sunroof and not a panoramic one. However, the legroom is segment best and it feels better than the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid.

2021 Lexus NX 300h hybrid SUV Infotainment System

As standard, the base trim gets an 8.0-inch display powered by the Lexus Multimedia system which can certainly be upgraded to a high-definition 10.3-inch display. As standard, the NX300h supports Apple Carplay and Android Auto along with Bluetooth connectivity. The Luxury trim also gets inbuilt navigation but it's better to stick with Google maps as the system is not the easiest to use. Also the screen is to be operated with a trackpad or buttons as it is not touch friendly.


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2021 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Exterior

5.7/10

"If you're shopping small luxury crossovers, the Lexus NX stands out for looking and driving the most like a SUV—for better and for worse." - Car ansd Driver

The NX300h follows the age-old design language of Lexus with an oversized spindle grille up front which makes it look like it's ready to eat small children running on the road. Headlamps are as sharp as they come flanked by LED DRLs. With that said, it all fits here.

2021 Lexus NX 300h hybrid SUV

The side profile looks sporty, unlike its personality. It sits on smart-looking 18-inch wheels wrapped in 225/60 section tires, so a thick side profile helps to iron out some of those nasty bumps. Rearview mirrors are placed on the doors rather than the A-pillars for better visibility.

Model

2021 Lexus NX 300h Hybrid

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid

Curb Weight (lbs)

4180 lbs

3762 lbs

3455

Length (inches)

182.6"

175.8"

180.6

Width (inches)

73.6"

71.0"

73

Height (inches)

64.8"

62.8"

66.5

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.9"

8.7"

8.2

Wheelbase (inches)

104.7"

104.9"

104.7

Reversing camera and parking sensors are standard as the rearward visibility is hampered by that big and raked C-pillar. At the back, it gets LED DRLs along with a fake-ish exhaust tip design on the rear bumper which seems like a design norm for new cars. 


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2021 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Safety

8.0/10

"The NX earns great marks from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the latter of which gave the NX a Top Safety Pick+ award." - Car and Driver

The 2020 model of the Lexus NX300h scored an overall 4 out of a 5-star rating in the crash tests conducted by NHTSA and received the Top safety pick+ award from IIHS.

The built quality is top-notch and is right up there with the best of the hybrid crossovers out there. Lexus also introduced a whole host of driver-assist features that are offered as standard across the range. Some of the features include:

  • Pre-collision safety with pedestrian detection
  • Lane tracing assist
  • Road sign assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Radar guided cruise control
  • Lane departure warning

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2021 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Competition

7.0/10

2021 Lexus NX 300h Hybrid vs the 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid

The 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid is a Jackpot in itself, it comes in at 10 grand lesser than the Lexus. Moreover, it offers a 2.0L engine that delivers more power than the 2.5L engine of the Lexus. More power reflects on its outstanding acceleration, and on the other hand, its smaller engine delivers much better gas mileage. However, on the inside, the Lexus offers the best in terms of comfort, features, safety, and reliability. We clearly find Honda to be a better deal for its price.

2021 Lexus NX300h Vs 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

The Crosstrek does not match the NX300 in terms of the premium feel and a sense of luxury but real-world performance is where Subaru nudges ahead. The chassis feels more sporty as it is designed more like an estate rather than an SUV. It is lighter and sends power to all four wheels via symmetrical AWD which makes it a package to say the least. With that said, Subaru Crosstrek loses out on reliability and build-quality. 

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

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2021 Lexus NX 300h hybrid Final Verdict

The Lexus NX300h is not the easiest car to recommend. It comes with a relatively hefty price tag for what is a five-year-old crossover SUV. Its platform dates back to 2012. With that said, it is a stellar package. The powertrain is frugal and should be light on the pocket and it is a Lexus after all so it scores high when it comes to luxury and fit and finish and active safety features are now standard across the range.


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2021 Lexus NX 300h Hybrid

What are the trims offered for the 2021 Lexus NX 300h Hybrid?

The 2021 Lexus NX 300h Hybrid comes in 2 trim offerings, a basic trim at $40,160 and a Luxury trim at $46,610.

What powers the 2021 Lexus NX 300h Hybrid?

The 2021 Lexus NX 300h Hybrid is powered by a primary 2.5L engine and is further powered by a three-motor set up for its hybrid front.

Can the 2021 Lexus NX 300h Hybrid tow?

The 2021 Lexus NX 300h Hybrid can tow up to 1500 lbs.

What competes against the 2021 Lexus NX 300h Hybrid?

The 2021 Lexus NX 300h Hybrid faces rivalry in this segment from the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid and the 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid.

Is the 2021 Lexus NX 300h Hybrid a reliable vehicle?

The 2021 Lexus NX 300h Hybrid offers the following warranty:

  • Basic Warranty - 3 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever comes first
  • Electric powertrain technology - 8 years/ 100,000 miles; whichever comes first
  • Wheel Geometry rectification - 1 year/ 12,000 miles; whichever comes first
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