2018 Lexus RX vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

In this competitive set, every rival has something that helps them stand apart.

Look to the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class if you're seeking a wide range of engines and options, which allows for a lot of custom tailoring.

The Volvo XC60 is brand-new this year, and looks positively austere next to the RX; its performance is strong but aloof, its cabin an ode to interior-design magazines and the people that palaver over them.

The Acura MDX is a standout for its polish and its value, plus it has three rows of seats.

Lincoln and Cadillac both field highly competitive crossovers in the MKX and the XT5, and they're a little cheaper than the Lexus RX.

We wouldn’t shop an RX without driving a Nissan Murano.

Scrape away all the lovely Lexus hand-holding, and the Murano delivers a much more serene interior and better-executed exterior.

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Quick Specs
The Lexus RX makes a style-conscious statement like never before, and it hasn’t lost its grip on good manners.
The 2018 Acura MDX should be atop many lists for luxury buyers looking for spacious family crossovers. Others may do bits and pieces better, but the MDX offers a complete—and well-considered package.
The 2018 Cadillac XT5 is a solid luxury crossover, but so are its rivals. Shop carefully.
The 2018 Lincoln MKX has an athletic feel and a classy interior, but we wish that its most advanced safety tech was available at a lower price point.
With the new 2018 XC60, Volvo has cached all the XC90’s good data, and trimmed some fat from its code.
The 2017 Nissan Murano is smooth and polished—and that may be just the ticket for buyers who want a high seating position and the availability of all-wheel drive.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSport Utility VehiclesSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDMidsize Station Wagons
Style Name     
RX 350 FWDFWDFWD 4-DoorPremiere FWDT5 AWD MomentumFWD S
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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