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Eric's Autos: 2021 Lexus NX 300h

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Buying a hybrid is beginning to make economic sense again, because the price of gas is going up again. Which can make up for the higher buy-in price of the hybrid.

And maybe even more.

How much you save -- or don't -- ultimately depends on how high the price of gas goes. Right now, it's looking like it'll be at least $3 by Memorial Day, and it's already higher than that in some parts of the country.

Which makes paying a little more initially for a hybrid something that could well be worth the expense, especially given what you might be having to pay at the pump by Labor Day.

What It Is

The NX 300h is the hybrid version of the Lexus NX, which is a compact-sized/two-row luxury crossover very similar in appearance and layout to the better-known and midsize Lexus RX.

 

It stickers for $40,160 to start.

A top-of-the-line NX 300h F Sport Black Line trim lists for $46,910.

What's New

The Black Line trim is new -- and unique to the NX 300 hybrid. It includes leather sport seats with contrast blue stitching that's not offered in the nonhybrid NX, plus a heated steering wheel and heated and cooled driver and front passenger seats and a firmer-riding suspension.

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