2021 Lexus RX vs. Its Competition

2021 Lexus RX
Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor

Like the RX, the Acura MDX can seat seven and comes as a hybrid, but the MDX offers more space.

The Cadillac XT5 doesn’t have the same level of standard features but is the dark sport jacket that can be used on any occasion.

The Lincoln Nautilus makes the Cadillac look like the Buick Envision or even the Chevy Equinox by comparison with a refined interior and cushy seats.

Spartan but alluring style graces the Volvo XC60, but the in-car tech can aggravate like the RX.

The aging Infiniti QX60 might be most similar to the RX but its attractive styling can’t hide the outdated interior.

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Quick Specs
6.5
The 2021 Lexus RX stays strong in an increasingly crowded class with styling that stands out and powertrains that don’t.
6.3
The 2021 Cadillac XT5 is a comfortable SUV, but competitors offer more personality and refinement.
5.6
If you don’t need sedan practicality, the 2021 Infiniti Q60 is a stylish and fairly sporty way to make heads turn.
7.7
The 2021 Volvo XC60 drops the luxury-car attitude and delivers all the luxury-car feels.
6.7
The 2020 Acura MDX is a stately three-row family crossover that has aged well.
7.0
The 2020 Lincoln Nautilus looks great and offers impressive standard features, but doesn’t quite live up to the luxurious standards of its rivals.
MSRP From     
$45,220$43,995$41,750$41,700$44,500$41,040
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded V-6Turbocharged Gas I4Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDSport Utility VehiclesSubcompact CarsSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
RX 350 FWDFWD 4-Door Luxury3.0t PURE RWDT5 FWD MomentumFWD 7-PassengerStandard FWD
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
554575
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleCoupeSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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