2017 Lexus NX vs. Its Competition

2017 Lexus NX
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Lexus NX competes now in a hyper-competitive segment that arrived overnight.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC Class and BMW X3 are stalwarts of the segment, and very good in their own rights, although we'd probably give the edge to the Benz for its body style (but beware of the color selection).

Audi's Q5 will be all new next year, so we'll withhold judgement and comparison until we have more time in those cars.

The Acura RDX is a sleeper in the segment because of its age, even though it's a very good crossover with strong V-6 power.

The Volvo XC60 may be an old car by now, but it's still among the safest and most attractive.

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2017 Acura RDX2017 Acura RDX
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2017 BMW X32017 BMW X3
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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe (GLC300 Coupe 4Matic)2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class
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2017 Volvo XC602017 Volvo XC60
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Quick Specs
6.5
The Lexus NX is a new direction for Lexus and a capable, smooth crossover that could use a little more smoothing around the corners.
7.2
The 2017 Acura RDX is one of the smoothest, most responsive-driving compact crossover SUVs—even though it prioritizes practicality.
7.0
The 2017 Audi Q5 soldiers on with good space and carlike handling; it's still one of the better luxury SUVs, despite its age.
6.8
The 2017 BMW X3 continues its run as one of the best compact luxury SUVs on the market—even in the face of much newer competition.
7.0
The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class makes a terrific combination of the features and practical needs most buyers want in an attractive package.
7.0
The 2017 Volvo XC60 is a near-luxury contender at near-luxury prices. Its safety might be its biggest strong suit, which it rightly deserves.
MSRP From     
$35,285$35,670$40,900$40,050$39,150$40,950
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
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 Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
NX Turbo FWDFWD2.0 TFSI PremiumsDrive28i Sports Activity VehicleGLC 300 SUVT5 FWD Dynamic
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2017 Lexus NX vs. 2017 Acura RDX2017 Lexus NX vs. 2017 Audi Q52017 Lexus NX vs. 2017 BMW X32017 Lexus NX vs. 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class2017 Lexus NX vs. 2017 Volvo XC60