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The 2021 Lexus NX 300 is a luxury SUV that boasts a smooth and quiet ride, as well as a stylish exterior. Thanks to its compact size, the NX 300 is well suited to driving on busy city streets. This SUV is also a good solution for long-distance trips, due to its comfortable and roomy interior and large cargo space. The NX 300 is available in three trims with plenty of tech features. The 2021 model comes standard with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that's paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, producing 235 hp.

While we currently do not have many 2021 Lexus NX 300s on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2021 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Lexus NX 300 with similar features.

Here's what you'll learn in this 2021 Lexus NX 300 review:

Key Specs & Features


  • The 2021 Lexus NX 300 powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 235 hp and front-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined.1

Cargo Space:

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  • 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats
  • 54.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down

Towing Capacity:

  • The 2021 Lexus NX 300's towing capacity is an estimated 2,000 lbs. with the 2.0L four-cylinder engine, when properly equipped.2

Seating Capacity:

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  • The 2021 Lexus NX 300 seats five passengers.
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Engine Options:

  • The sole engine option on the 2021 Lexus NX 300 is a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 235 hp with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Tech Features:

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  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto compatibility
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-keeping assist

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Attractive Exterior Design

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The 2021 Lexus NX 300 was made to stand out, with an aggressive and sporty exterior characterized by numerous sharp angles on the front and the rear end. Details like the large hourglass-shaped front grille and imposing wheel design — as well as the available power tilt-and-slide sunroof and triple-beam LED headlights — make the Lexus NX 300 attractive and eye-catching. You're sure to turn heads with this ride.

2. Refined and Upscale Interior

The attractive exterior design of the 2021 Lexus NX 300 is appropriately accompanied by an elegant and refined interior. The NX 300 comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery, metal accents, and 10-way power-adjustable front seats, as well as a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob. For enhanced comfort and convenience, the available Lexus memory system enables personalized settings for the driver seat, steering wheel position, and outside mirrors. Standard dual-zone climate control with interior air filter, smog sensor, and automatic recirculation mode tops off the classy and comfortable cabin of the Lexus NX 300.

3. Packed with Technology

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The 2021 Lexus NX 300 comes standard with tech features designed to improve handling on different terrains and enhance the riding experience. Driver-assistance features such as forward-collision warning and mitigation, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitor, and rear cross-traffic alert are all part of the standard equipment. Plus, the Lexus multimedia system comes with an eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and an eight-speaker sound system that's bound to make every trip more enjoyable.

4. Exciting Performance

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The 2021 Lexus NX 300 offers enviable performance and a dynamic riding experience in a compact SUV. Thanks to the turbocharged engine, the NX 300 boasts quick acceleration, getting from 0 to 60 mph in seven seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). Variable driver modes can make driving even more convenient, allowing you to shift between ECO, Normal, and Sport configurations to adjust the vehicle's responsiveness according to road conditions or your preferred driving style.

5. Plentiful Interior Room

The 2021 Lexus NX 300 is spacious enough for five passengers to ride comfortably, with 38.2 inches of headroom and 42.8 inches of legroom in the front row, and 38.1 inches of headroom and 36.1 inches of legroom in the second row. The NX 300 also features sufficient room for storing a couple of large suitcases for long trips, with 17.7 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second-row seats, expanding to 54.6 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down

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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

  • NX 300: Includes eight-speaker sound system, eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and more.
  • NX 300 F Sport: Adds a sport steering wheel, sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, and sport exterior styling elements.
  • NX 300 Luxury: Includes everything from the NX 300 trim, and adds built-in navigation, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and more.

Available Colors

  • Atomic Silver
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Caviar
  • Eminent White Pearl
  • Obsidian (NX 300 F Sport only)
  • Matador Red Mica
  • Nebula Gray Pearl
  • Nori Green Pearl
  • Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0


  • Seating for five passengers
  • 17.7 cubic feet behind the second-row seats; 54.6 cu ft with the seats folded down
  • Eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability
  • Power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel
  • 10-way power adjustable front seats

Average CarMax Prices

The 2021 Lexus NX 300 is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. See below for average CarMax prices for previous model years of the Lexus NX 300.3

  • 2018 - Average prices less than $32,0003
  • 2019 - Average prices less than $34,0003
  • 2020 - Average prices less than $37,0003

Similar Model Years

If you like the 2021 Lexus NX 300, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.


The 2021 Lexus NX 300 received an overall 5/5 rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2021 Lexus NX 300, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Acura RDX

The Acura RDX is a stylish, compact SUV with a roomy and well-equipped interior. With its quiet cabin and smooth handling, the RDX is suitable for your daily commute and for running errands around town. Thanks to its compact size and shape, the Acura RDX is also great for urban driving and maneuvering into tricky parking spots. 2017-2018 Acura RDX models are powered by a 3.5L V6 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission, producing 279 hp. The 2019 Acura RDX comes standard with a 272-hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Standard features on the 2017-2019 Acura RDX include:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated and power-adjustable front seats
  • Rearview camera

Toyota RAV4

Packed with standard features, and known for its spacious cabin lined with quality materials, the Toyota RAV4 is a practical and convenient SUV. If you're looking for a vehicle that's compact enough to maneuver on crowded city streets and parking lots, the RAV4 is a great choice. The 2017-2018 Toyota RAV4 has a 2.5L four-cylinder engine that generates 176 hp; the 2019 model is powered by the same engine, but it produces 203 hp.

Here are some of the standard features on the 2017-2019 Toyota RAV4:

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • 6.1-inch touchscreen

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

The Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 boasts a refined interior filled with convenience and entertainment features, as well as plenty of elegant design details. The 2017-2019 GLC 300 also offers an exciting riding experience, thanks to a capable powertrain and numerous features designed to enhance handling and improve performance. 2017-2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 base models are powered by a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, producing 241 hp.

Notable standard features on the 2017-2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 include:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Heated front seats

The Bottom Line

Comfortable, refined, and packed with standard convenience and driver-assistance features, the 2021 Lexus NX 300 is a great choice. Get ready to turn heads and delight your passengers with this luxury SUV.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
3Based on CarMax average prices between May 1, 2020 and October 1, 2020. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features, and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
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