2016 Lexus NX vs. Its Competition

2016 Lexus NX 200t F-Sport
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2016 Lexus NX lineup lands at the sporty end of the luxury compact crossover segment, although with a hybrid model on offer.

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

The Audi Q5 has a 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—at a time when all of its peers have moved to more economical engines.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC is a brilliant new entry in this class, and it competes solidly against both the NX and the larger RX—with a stunning interior and, we think, a bit more refinement.

2016 Lexus NX 200t F-Sport2016 Lexus NX
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2016 Acura RDX2016 Acura RDX
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2016 BMW X32016 BMW X3
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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class (Euro-spec)2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class
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2014 Volvo XC602016 Volvo XC60
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Quick Specs
Striking styling and a turbocharged engine are only the opening acts for a remarkably well-rounded family of 2016 Lexus NX compact luxury crossover models.
The 2016 Acura RDX is a smooth and responsive crossover SUV; it’s easy to live with, as long as the back seat fits your passengers.
The 2016 Audi Q5 offers one of the greatest range of powertrain choices in its class, ensuring that almost anyone can find a version of this handsome small crossover to fit their tastes.
The stylish 2016 BMW X3 skips the ruggedness thing entirely and instead succeeds in being one of the sportiest and tech-loaded yet fuel-efficient compact crossovers.
As a tangential—and far more sophisticated—replacement for the GLK, the savvy 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC is a far better match for American wants and needs.
The 2016 Volvo XC60 remains a luxury-SUV contender, though a plethora of powertrains and options can take the $36,000 base price well over $50,000.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
FWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 2.0T PremiumRWD 4-Door sDrive28iRWD 4-Door GLC 300FWD 4-Door T5 Drive-E
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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