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2021 Lexus NX 300h is cool and collected

This compact hybrid SUV may look sporty, but it's all about delivering a plush experience, and it delivers.

Andrew Krok
Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. After spending years as a regular ol' car fanatic, he started working his way through the echelons of the automotive industry, starting out as social-media director of a small European-focused garage outside of Chicago. From there, he moved to the editorial side, penning several written features in Total 911 Magazine before becoming a full-time auto writer, first for a local Chicago outlet and then for CNET Cars.
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For 2021, Lexus hosted a key party of sorts for its 6-year-old NX compact crossover.

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Previously, you could get an NX hybrid and an NX F Sport, but you couldn't combine the two.

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This NX 300h F Sport Black Line is a special-edition model limited to 1,000 units. 

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At its heart, the latest NX mashup is plenty comfortable and competent.

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In its press materials, Lexus says the NX Black Line prioritizes its customers' desire for "exclusive styling and value," but the latter claim is iffy, given that it's the most expensive variant by base price, starting at $47,835 including destination.

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My tester rings in at $48,745 with some fripperies like door edge guards and illuminated doorsills, a price that's quite the pill to swallow for a compact luxury crossover that's due for a replacement.

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But in context, it's about on par with its competitors, all of which offer similar base prices and similar chances to load the cars up to high heaven with all manner of options.

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The 2021 Lexus NX 300h F Sport Black Line's hybrid powertrain and focus on proper old-school luxury help set it apart from the crowd.

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If what you're after is comfort and efficiency, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better fit in the compact SUV segment.  

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Keep scrolling or clicking to check out more pictures of the 2021 Lexus NX 300h.

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