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2015 Lexus NX vs. Its Competition

 
2015 Lexus NX 300h
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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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7.6
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With the 2015 NX, Lexus finally has a crossover to take on the mass luxury market--and its striking styling could be a plus.
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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.
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The 2015 Audi Q5 remains one of the most elegant, truly car-like crossovers on the market.
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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.
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The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK offers two great engine options in a baby-SUV shell, but with the comfort and dynamics of a crossover.
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The 2015 Volvo XC60 crossover stays stylish--and now it gets much better gas mileage from a new four-cylinder engine.
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Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
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N/ASmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
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