2018 Lexus NX vs. Its Competition

2018 Lexus NX

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.

2018 Lexus NX2018 Lexus NX
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2018 Acura RDX2018 Acura RDX
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2018 Audi Q52018 Audi Q5
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2018 BMW X3 (X3 M40i)2018 BMW X3
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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class (Mercedes-AMG GLC63 Coupe)2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class
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2018 Volvo XC60 T82018 Volvo XC60
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Quick Specs
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The 2018 Lexus NX is an expressively styled and comfortable compact luxury crossover, but its mix of features faces significant new competitors this year.
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Consider the 2018 Acura RDX if you’re after a budget-conscious crossover that rides and drives well.
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The Audi Q5 is certainly the segment's most modern offering, delivering a high degree of technology, comfort, and conservative style.
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The 2018 BMW X3 ventures into M territory, but doesn’t lose sight of its SUV duties.
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The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class captivates crossover types with its lush cabin and its plush ride; there’s AMG power on tap if you must.
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With the new 2018 XC60, Volvo has cached all the XC90’s good data, and trimmed some fat from its code.
MSRP From     
$35,985$36,000$41,500$42,650$40,050$41,500
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 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 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Style Name     
NX 300 FWDFWD2.0 TFSI PremiumxDrive30i Sports Activity VehicleGLC 300 SUVT5 AWD Momentum
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll 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/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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