2015 Lexus NX vs. Its Competition

2015 Lexus NX 300h
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

The 2015 Lexus NX lineup should land at the sporty end of the luxury compact crossover segment, although with a hybrid model on offer, it definitely won't scare away those with the intent to buy 'green.' Look for the NX lineup to match up solidly, in turbo guise, against the V-6 and turbo-four versions of these rivals.

The BMW X3 is a competitive vehicle in every respect, although the current generation is lacking some of the verve that otherwise usually distinguishes BMW vehicles.

The Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class is an impressive package, towing a line between being a mini GL-Class and a tall boxy station wagon; it's offered in a high-mileage Bluetec diesel version, too.

The Volvo XC60 is yet another great alternative; its interior is especially well laid-out and comfortable, and with the introduction of a new, more economical turbo four-cylinder engine this year, it's a stronger entry than before -- one of the safest, too.

The Audi Q5 is also offered in several versions, from a turbo four to a higher-mpg TDI diesel; its combination of excellent interior appointments and versatility, as well as a good compromise of handling and ride comfort, make it one of the better bets here.

Otherwise the Acura RDX is a head-scratcher, offering only one engine -- a V-6 that isn't all that fuel-efficient -- at a time when all of its peers have moved to more economical engines.

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Quick Specs
7.8
With the 2015 NX, Lexus finally has a crossover to take on the mass luxury market--and its striking styling could be a plus.
7.8
A sporty yet smooth driving feel, quiet interior, and top-tier safety all add up to a lot of appeal for the 2015 Acura RDX, although its lack of features and flair stop it short of greatness.
8.6
The 2015 Audi Q5 remains one of the most elegant, truly car-like crossovers on the market.
8.4
Among compact crossovers, the 2015 BMW X3 doesn't try to be rugged; instead it's one of the sportiest and most fuel-efficient in its class, and this year's new sDrive and diesel models add to that while the lineup gets even more tech and active-safety options.
8.0
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK offers two great engine options in a baby-SUV shell, but with the comfort and dynamics of a crossover.
8.6
The 2015 Volvo XC60 crossover stays stylish--and now it gets much better gas mileage from a new four-cylinder engine.
MSRP From     
N/A$35,095$39,300$38,500$37,900$35,750
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
N/APremium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
N/ASmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
N/AFWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 2.0T PremiumRWD 4-Door sDrive28iRWD 4-Door GLK 350FWD 4-Door T5 Drive-E
Drivetrain     
N/AFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
N/A55555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
N/ASport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
N/AAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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