Review: 2021 Lexus NX 300h
Getting all the details on the hybrid crossover from Lexus.
I recently spent sometime with a new hybrid powered 2021 Lexus NX 300h. That means it is time to tell you all about it. As normal, I am going to tell you what you get with this hybrid package and what I thought about it.
What you get
The 2021 Lexus NX 300h comes powered by a hybrid powerplant engine. It is a 2.5 liter inline-4 engine with a combined hybrid system 194 horsepower. That hybrid engine is controlled by you via the electronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) and makes its way down to the road via the all-wheel-drive system.
Being a Lexus, the interior is pretty loaded. You get the Lexus 8 inch multimedia display (this one got an upgraded bigger screen which I will detail below) with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa capabilities, a 4.2 inch information display in the gauge cluster, and NuLuxe-trimmed front seats. As normal, for a full look at the interior of the 2021 Lexus NX 300h, check out my detailed walkthrough below:
This particular NX 300h had a few extra boxes checked totaling near $10k in options. It came equipped with a Panoramic View Monitor ($800), triple-beam LED headlamps with adaptive front lighting system ($1515), an upgraded 10.3 inch multimedia display with a 14 speaker Mark Levinson audio system ($3045), parking assist with auto braking ($535), power back door with kick sensor ($550), the premium package which includes upgraded 18 inch wheels (from 17 inch), heated/ventilated front seats, power moonroof, and a memory system for the drivers seat ($2630), and finally a leather heated steering wheel ($150).
Lets face it, the main point of this vehicle is all about the hybrid system. I mean a whole character of its name is dedicated to that - all about the "h".
I have to say, the hybrid components are the only shining star to this package. Ditching the traditional odometer for a hybrid gauge, then giving it back to you in Sport mode is gimmick-y, but definitely welcome. In fact, while there are only a few drive modes, switching between the modes is noticeable and most importantly is that EV Mode.
EV Mode allows you to run completely on the battery power you have "earned" through your driving. It will only work under 25 miles per hour, give it too much gas and it will automatically kick you out.
Beyond the hybrid system, the interior is quite nice, but my over 6 foot frame just didn't feel comfortable in the vehicle. Regarding interior infotainment, man can Lexus stop putting the mouse pad thing in interiors. It is my least favorite thing in interiors and I will just end it there before I go on a rant.
Exterior is pretty tame nothing too crazy going on, just the normal look like a lifted sedan crossover look going on. You do get some hybrid badges to let the world know you care about being green.
In the end, I wasn't much of a fan of the NX 300h, but after so many back to back great vehicles even a few from Lexus you need a not so great one to keep the ruler in check I suppose.