The Lexus NX arrived in 2015 as the NX 200t, and other than a mild name change, the NX has remained mostly unchanged since. In 2021, we expect this small crossover to be a carryover once again.
Being a carryover model, we expect the 2021 Lexus NX to carry on with the same outward appearance. This will include its long hood, swoopy roofline, angular headlights and taillights, bold Lexus spindle grille, and more. While it’s still a good-looking crossover, it lacks the aggressiveness of the latest Lexus models. We also expect the F Sport model to carry on with its larger grille and wheels to enhance its sportiness.
Inside, we expect the 2020 NX to retain its angular dash with premium upholstery, thick-rimmed steering wheel, busy center stack with a few too many buttons and knobs, and more. As for upscale features, we expect the NX to continue with its standard 8-inch or optional 10.3-inch infotainment screen, leatherette seating, keyless ignition, and more. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will also remain standard, as will its frustrating touchpad infotainment interface.
Buyers looking for a more modern look may see that the following model year, as there are reports of a redesign coming in 2022.
We expect the 2021 Lexus NX to continue with the same two powertrain options. The NX 300 will include a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 235 horsepower and pushes it through a six-speed automatic transmission and out to the front or all four wheels. The NX 300h will continue with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with two electric motors that combine for 194 hp. The NX 300h will come standard with all-wheel drive thanks to its rear electric motor.
The current Lexus NX boasts standard adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. In IIHS testing, this model earned “Good” ratings in every structural test, “Good”-rated standard headlights, and “Superior”-rated forward-collision avoidance, resulting in an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating.