2021 Lexus NX 300

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Lexus NX 300 highlights

Customer rating

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  • Quiet cabin at highway speeds
  • Comfortable ride and seats
  • Lots of standard high-tech driver aids


  • Unintuitive infotainment interface
  • Limited cargo space

Mileage (EPA estimate)

22 city, 27 highway, 24 combined

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Compact luxury for your whole crew

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.

All Lexus NX 300 years

What is new for the 2021 Lexus NX 300?

  • NX 300 trims have been upgraded with Power Hatch/Deck Lid and Android Auto as standard equipment this year.
  • The F-Sport trim now comes with Blind Spot Monitor as standard equipment.
  • The Base trim now comes with Blind Spot Monitor and Cruise Control as standard equipment.
  • The Luxury trim now comes with Leatherette Seats as standard equipment.

2021 Lexus NX 300 trims

Curious how Lexus NX 300 trims differ? Use our side-by-side vehicle comparison to see the differences and similarities

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.

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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Lexus NX 300

1. Attractive exterior design

2021 Lexus NX 300 Review: Exterior | CarMax

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

2021 Lexus NX 300 Review: Cell | CarMax

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

2021 Lexus NX 300 Review: Dashboard | CarMax

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

2021 Lexus NX 300 Review: Engine | CarMax

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

2021 Lexus NX 300 Review: Front seats | CarMax

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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The Acura RDX is a compact luxury SUV with seating for five. Model years 2016–2018 come standard with a 279 hp, 3.5-L V6 engine paired with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is an available option. In 2019 Acura redesigned the RDX, swapping the V6 for a 272 hp 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Even in the base trim, the Acura RDX has standard leatherette seats for all model years.

2016–2021 Acura RDXs come with the following features:

  • 279-horsepower V6 on model years 2016–2018; 272 hp turbo-four on model years 2019 and later

  • Standard seven-speaker audio system with USB and Bluetooth connections

  • Standard leatherette seats, heated in the front

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.4 out of 5

8 customer reviews

Lexus NX 300 features and specs

Base 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Mark Levinson Sound
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 42.8"/R 36.1"

Head room

F 38.2"/R 38.1"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

200/2000 lbs.



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Color options

Exterior 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

Interior details

  • 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

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