2021 Lexus NX Updates Improve Standard Safety, Add F Sport Hybrid Version

Christian Wardlaw | Jul 28, 2020

A compact crossover SUV with a roomy interior, the 2021 Lexus NX returns to the luxury automaker’s lineup with a handful of changes intended to increase its appeal.

2021 Lexus NX 300h with Black Line Blue Paint Front View

Perhaps most importantly, the 2021 NX adds more standard safety equipment for the new year. Lexus reports that a blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert will now come on every NX 300 and NX 300h, joining the already standard Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 collection of driving assistance and collision avoidance technologies. Already rated as a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, this enhancement makes an already safe SUV even more so.

A second change to the 2021 Lexus NX is the addition of an F Sport version of the NX 300h gas-electric hybrid. Previously reserved for the turbocharged NX 300, the F Sport treatment equips the fuel-sipping SUV with a more aggressive styling treatment. Don’t get too excited, though, because Lexus will build just 1,000 examples, each equipped with a Black Line design treatment and a set of Zero Halliburton luggage.

Additional changes to the 2021 Lexus NX lineup are minor, including an improved amplifier for the optional Mark Levinson premium surround sound system and a new color called Nori Green Pearl.

Two versions of the NX are available. The NX 300 comes in standard, F Sport, and Luxury trim, and has a turbocharged 235-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. The NX 300h is a hybrid, offered in standard, F Sport Black Line, and Luxury trim. It’s 194-horsepower powertrain is EPA-estimated to get 31 mpg in combined driving and includes standard all-wheel drive.

Lexus says the 2021 NX is on sale now, with prices starting at $37,510.

The information in this article is from Lexus. It was accurate on July 28, 2020 but may have changed since that date.

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