The reasons for NX’s popularity are numerous and the feel we all have about this small crossover is that it hasn’t aged at all, despite it has been around since 2014. Still, the Japanese manufacturer plans to retain the leading position on the market. So, a complete redesign will probably happen in the near future. Moreover, the latest reports suggest the next-generation model will hit the market in the next year. This indicates that the 2021 Lexus NX will be the last production year of the current generation.
As we are talking about probably the last production year, it seems natural not to see any particular change. Therefore, you may count on familiar design characteristics for the next year, which means high overall quality in all aspects. This crossover offers class-leading reliability rating, as well as hi-end interior, full list of standard features and great fuel economy. Of course, there are few flaws as well, which is natural considering the model’s age. Some rivals handle better, while the cargo area is pretty small for the class. Price changes are not expected for the next year.
2021 Lexus NX Powertrain
This aspect definitely won’t change for the next year. Therefore, you may count on two familiar engine options. Base models will carry on with a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 235 horsepower and comes in pair with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Of course, this is not the most dynamics crossover in the class. Still, there is more than enough power for a daily ride. In return, you get a pretty amazing fuel economy, which goes around 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
Those who are looking for superior efficiency can go for a hybrid version. Although equipped with an older-generation system, these models are characterized by a fantastic fuel economy, which goes around 33 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Those are class-leading numbers, but this model is also quite fast. It features around 194 horsepower, which seems plenty enough for most drivers. No matter the powertrain choice, you may count on class-leading reliability ratings, which is another strong point of this small crossover.
When will we see a PHEV version?
As you probably know, the PHEV version of RAV4 is on the way and it will bring some pretty impressive numbers, such as a max output of 300 horsepower, decent all-electric range etc. Therefore, the logical question that comes to mind is the same version of its luxurious counterpart, the NX. If we consider that the RAV4 has been redesigned meanwhile and that it rides on a new TNGA platform, we may presume that this version, as well as the more up-to-date hybrid model with 220 horsepower, will come with the redesign. As we already mentioned, this is expected to happen already in the next year.
2021 Lexus NX Interior
Another strong point of this crossover is interior, at least when it comes to the overall quality. It’s not hard to notice that materials and level of craftsmanship are at the impressive level in this model. The dashboard looks amazing, despite the age, while everything in this cabin is soft to the touch. Also, front seats are massive and supportive, something you would expect from a brand like Lexus.
While the front seats are spacious and massive, the second row isn’t that amazing, so taller passengers may find this area a little bit tight. Still, most passengers will find it comfortable enough. On the other side, the cargo area is definitely small, as you may count on just around 17.7 cubic feet behind the second row and 54.6 cubic feet of the overall cargo space.
When it comes to the list of standard equipment, it’s always possible to see a couple of novelties for the next year, but most of the things will remain the same. When it comes to tech goodies, the current model comes standard with an 8-inch display, Bluetooth, a USB port, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, dual-zone climate control etc. In higher trims, you can get a bigger 10.3-inch infotainment screen, navigation, moonroof, 10- or 14-speaker audio system and more.
Safety has always been a strong point of Lexus models, so it’s no wonder that this crossover comes standard with things like a rearview camera, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, bicyclist detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition. Additionally, things like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a surround-view parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors, and automatic emergency braking are also available.