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The 2021 Lexus NX Got an Impressive Nod From Consumer Reports

While the luxury car market might not be for everyone, Lexus is almost always regarded as one of the best luxury brands. Lexus, which is owned by Toyota, simply has a great reputation for making quality cars. And that’s exactly why Consumer Reports gave an impressive nod to the 2021 Lexus NX

The 2021 Lexus NX is the most reliable SUV

Since Lexus is owned by Toyota, it’s unsurprising that the latest NX was so reliable. That being said as Consumer Reports wrote, the NX was not just a reliable SUV, but it’s the most reliable SUV that’s on the market today.

To be fair, however, the NX was actually tied with the Buick Encore in terms of reliability. However, since the NX got a higher overall score than the Encore did, the NX is probably the better SUV overall. 

Both the NX and the Encore scored a 91 out of 100 for reliability, according to Consumer Reports, and overall, that actually made these cars the second most reliable cars on the market today.

The most reliable car that’s on the market right now was the Toyota Prius, which had a reliability rating of 93 out of 100. While the NX was tied for second place, another Toyota-owned car won first place, so Lexus probably isn’t too mad. 

The pros of the 2021 Lexus NX

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Aside from being an incredibly reliable SUV, Consumer Reports also praised the 2021 NX for many other things. One of the best things about the 2021 NX, according to the review, was its interior. Consumer Reports said that the 2021 NX had “a luxurious interior ambiance,” and thanks to how it was designed, it also had “a high-tech anime feel.”

Design aside, reviewers also liked how well the 2021 NX felt to drive. Like a Toyota, many customers are used to the idea that a Lexus isn’t exactly a sports car, and as such, some feel that Lexus cars aren’t very fast, and don’t handle very well.

While the 2021 NX’s standard 2.0-liter, 245-hp engine was more than adequate for the job, what was really great about it was how it handled. Consumer Reports said that the 2021 NX handled “nimbly,” and that it was “responsive compared with a typical Lexus.” 

Furthermore, the 2021 NX is especially practical when it’s equipped with its hybrid engine option. The hybrid engine on the 2021 NX is a bit weaker than the standard four-cylinder, but it got an impressive estimated 29 MPG combined.

The reviewer wrote that the hybrid NX’s great fuel economy made it one of the most fuel-efficient luxury SUVs that Consumer Reports had ever tested. 

There are some drawbacks to this Lexus SUV

While those were some very impressive accolades, the 2021 NX wasn’t perfect by any means, and it had plenty of issues. For example, while the NX’s hybrid engine was very fuel-efficient, the review found that it felt underpowered. Furthermore, like most hybrid options, the NX’s hybrid option will bump its price tag up significantly.

The 2021 NX’s interior may look and feel good, but it also had its own share of issues. For example, Consumer Reports said that the 2021 NX had “frustrating” controls, and that sentiment applied to both its infotainment system as well as its navigational system. 

Some critics also didn’t like how cramped the 2021 NX’s interior was. The 2021 NX can fit three adults in its rear seats, but it will be a tight fit. Furthermore, while the 2021 NX had a decent amount of cargo room, it also had very little in-cabin storage room.

Overall the 2021 Lexus NX appears to be an incredibly reliable luxury SUV. Of course, being so new, we will have to see how this model holds up against the test of time.