For 2018, the four-year-old Lexus NX faces far stronger competition from new generations of three separate smaller luxury crossover utility vehicles.
The Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Volvo XC60 have all been redesigned this year, with more fuel-efficient powertrains, updated styling, and the latest features.
Only the Acura RDX and recent Mercedes GLC remain from the older generation.
The RDX is a good small SUV with sporty handling and a powerful V-6, though its age now works against it.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC is elegantly styled (in certain colors, at least) and one of the best all-rounders in the category, if far from inexpensive.
But we suspect the NX could struggle in comparison with the three new entries—two German, one Swedish—none of which we’ve fully tested as yet.
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|2018 Lexus NXBrowse Used Listings||2018 Acura RDXBrowse Used Listings||2018 Audi Q5Browse Used Listings||2018 BMW X3Browse Used Listings||2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC ClassBrowse Used Listings||2018 Volvo XC60Browse Used Listings|
|22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 28 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 4WD||Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 4WD|
|NX 300 FWD||FWD||2.0 TFSI Premium||xDrive30i Sports Activity Vehicle||GLC 300 SUV||T5 AWD Momentum|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||Sport Utility||quattro Sport Utility||Sports Activity Vehicle||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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|2018 Lexus NX vs. 2018 Acura RDX||2018 Lexus NX vs. 2018 Audi Q5||2018 Lexus NX vs. 2018 BMW X3||2018 Lexus NX vs. 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class||2018 Lexus NX vs. 2018 Volvo XC60|