2016 Lexus RX vs. Its Competition

2016 Lexus RX 350 F Sport
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The rival set for the 2016 Lexus RX includes models that aren’t overtly performance-oriented or off-road-oriented—rather, those that are style-conscious and comfortable, as well as packed with safety and convenience technology.

The Nissan Murano and Lincoln MKX are probably closest to it in layout (five-passenger) and design mission, as they’re all aimed at empty-nester couples and design-conscious professionals.

The MKX has been completely upgraded for 2016 as well, with more of an emphasis on performance, luxury ambiance, and safety technology.

The Murano is a very stylish five-passenger model that offers a lot of interior comfort and ride comfort—although the Nissan badge might turn those away who are looking for true luxury bragging rights.

The Acura MDX definitely meets those stipulations, and it’s likely to remain more fun to drive than the RX; it also offers a small third-row seat.

The Volvo XC90 is all-new this year; it also offers a third row, and beginning later this year it will be available as a plug-in hybrid.

Finally, there’s the Cadillac SRX, one of the oldest designs in this class, although one that remains a strong-seller with a well-designed interior.

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Quick Specs
8.4
The new 2016 Lexus RX is edgier and more focused than before—more of a style-conscious statement of indulgence—when your luxury car also has to be a very practical everyday driver.
8.6
The 2016 Acura MDX remains one of the best luxury three-row SUVs, but the benefits of its new nine-speed automatic are unclear.
7.8
The 2016 Cadillac SRX smooths out the road ahead with a luxurious ride, smooth V-6 power, and the mixed blessing of touchscreen controls.
8.2
The 2016 Lincoln MKX makes good progress in its battle for luxury credibility, with sharp acceleration and style to accompany its gulp-worthy price tag.
8.6
Smooth, quiet and comfortable, the 2016 Nissan Murano is a stylish choice for empty-nesters who aren't concerned with sportiness or off-road capability.
MSRP From    
$41,900$43,015$37,605$38,260$29,740
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDN/ASmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDMid-Size Station Wagon
Style Name    
FWD 4-DoorFWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door BaseFWD 4-Door PremiereFWD 4-Door S
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
57555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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