If we can rely on the latest reports, we will have to wait for the next-generation of this compact luxury crossover for another year or two. Therefore, it’s not hard to presume that the 2021 Lexus NX won’t feature any significant change. We are about to see a familiar design, based on the previous-generation RAV4, which has a couple of drawbacks but still delivers plenty of amazing things.
The NX is a well-built vehicle. First of all, you may count on a spacious cabin that features impressive overall quality. Also, the sound insulation is excellent, while the ride is very smooth. Finally, you may count on class-leading reliability ratings, as well as on impressive fuel economy. On the other side, some rivals are more fun to drive, while additional cargo space would be nice.
We don’t expect bigger changes for the 2021 Lexus NX, considering that this should be the last model year of the current generation.
2021 Lexus NX Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, the 2021 Lexus NX will definitely continue in the same way. You may count on the same styling, which completely follows the brand’s latest design language. The famous spindle grille is here, as well as a pretty sleek profile.
On the other side, mechanics aren’t as modern as it’s the case with styling. The current NX is based on the previous generation of RAV4, which means it rides on a New MC platform, which isn’t particularly famous for great athleticism. On the other side, you may count on excellent comfort. The ride is smooth, while we particularly like that the crossover is extremely quiet.
2021 Lexus NX Interior
When it comes to interior design, you may count on typical Lexus quality. Although we are talking about the class of compact crossovers, the overall interior quality is impressive. The whole cabin is made of soft-touch materials, while the dashboard features pretty classical design.
Besides great quality, the cabin is also quite spacious. Both rows offer plenty of legroom, while the quality of the seats is great. The 2021 Lexus NX will definitely be a great choice for long rides. On the other side, the thing we don’t like about this cabin is that the cargo area is pretty small. You may count on below-average volume. In numbers, that would be around 18 cubic feet behind the rear seats, while the overall capacity goes up to almost 55 cubic feet.
2021 Lexus NX Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, you may count on two familiar options. Base models are equipped with Toyota’s familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. With such numbers, you may count on pretty decent driving dynamics, while the fuel economy also seems pretty good. You may count on about 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. These are some of the highest ratings among non-hybrid compact luxury crossovers.
Of course, there is also a hybrid version in the offer. You get a familiar system that is based on a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which is coupled with three electric motors, for a max output of 195 horsepower. It definitely isn’t the fastest crossover around, but fuel economy is impressive. You may count on an impressive 33 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
Although one of the older models in the class, the NX is equipped fairly well. All models come standard with tech goodies like an 8-inch display, Bluetooth, a USB port, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an eight-speaker audio system, dual-zone climate control, and satellite radio. The list of standard features includes Apple CarPlay, but not Android Auto. Additionally, you can get things like a bigger infotainment display, navigation, premium audio system, moonroof etc.
Typically for Toyota and Lexus models, the list of standard safety features is pretty long. It includes systems 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. Additionally, you can get blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a surround-view parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors, and automatic emergency braking.
Release Date and Price
Considering that there are no bigger changes to come, we presume that the 2021 Lexus NX will hit the market in a typical time of year, sometime in the last quarter of 2020. We also expect no bigger changes in terms of price, so base models should go around 37.000 dollars.
The 2021 Lexus NX should be the last model year of the current generation. The all-new model is expected already a year later. We have big expectations from the new model, which will ride on a new TNGA platform and bring improvements in terms of performances, efficiency, luxury etc.