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.
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|2016 Lexus NXBrowse Used Listings||2016 Acura RDXBrowse Used Listings||2016 Audi Q5Browse Used Listings||2016 BMW X3Browse Used Listings||2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC ClassBrowse Used Listings||2016 Volvo XC60Browse Used Listings|
|22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 4WD||Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 2WD|
|FWD 4-Door||FWD 4-Door||quattro 4-Door 2.0T Premium||RWD 4-Door sDrive28i||RWD 4-Door GLC 300||FWD 4-Door T5 Drive-E|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||Sport Utility||quattro Sport Utility||Sports Activity Vehicle||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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