2021 Lexus NX vs. Its Competition

2021 Lexus NX (NX300h Hybrid)
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The NX is smaller than its German and Japanese rivals, though it’s bigger than those makers’ pint-size SUVs.

For some buyers, it may be the ideal recipe.

The Mercedes GLC has more design flair and can be had with healthy AMG power for a hefty price.

The BMW X3 is an appealing, low-stress crossover with good features and strong turbocharged engines.

The Jaguar E-Pace is small but has an upmarket feel that appeals, and its styling is top-notch.

Infiniti’s QX50 has a high-tech engine, but it feels like it’s playing catch up with other luxury brands.

We like the Acura RDX for its impressive dynamics, but its user interface is also complicated.

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Quick Specs
6.5
The dramatic shape of the 2021 Lexus NX have stayed fresh—and so has its hybrid mileage.
6.7
The 2021 Acura RDX satisfies sport-sedan drivers and crossover needers alike with strong performance and scads of space.
6.4
The 2020 Jaguar E-Pace is a city-sized luxury SUV that’s stylish and fun to drive, but not without faults.
7.0
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is comfortable and quiet, with few rivals in among small luxury crossovers.
MSRP From    
$37,510$38,200$43,000$39,950$42,500
Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name    
NX 300 FWDFWDsDrive30i Sports Activity VehicleP250 AWDGLC 300 SUV
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll WheelRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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