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Lexus NX vs. RX

Lexus has been working on expanding and rejuvenating its lineup of SUVs recently. The NX continues to occupy Lexus’ offering in the compact segment, while the RX has been updated to be the automaker’s entry-level midsize two-row SUV.

Shoppers at a Lexus dealership may have trouble choosing between the two models. In this brief comparison, we’ll see how the NX stacks up to the RX when it comes to pricing, size, engine specs, and fuel economy to name a winner that’s the better option for most shoppers.

Lexus NX vs. RX Price

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Lexus NX prices start at $41,765 and the most expensive gas-powered Lexus NX costs $50,135. Pricing for the NX 350h Hybrid starts at $46,075. The cheapest Lexus NX 450h+ plug-in hybrid starts at $62,290 and the most expensive Lexus NX 450h+ plug-in hybrid is the F Sport Handling trim that costs $63,380.

The cheapest Lexus RX costs $49,950 and the most expensive gas-powered Lexus RX is priced at $60,680. Prices for the Lexus RX 350h Hybrid start at $52,100 and go up to $70,580 for the RX 500h Hybrid. The Lexus RX 450h+ plug-in hybrid costs $70,580.

Regardless of powertrain, the Lexus RX is more expensive than the Lexus NX. There’s a price difference of $8,185 between the gas-powered models, $6,025 between hybrid models, and $8,290 between plug-in hybrid models.

As the more affordable of the two models, Lexus’ lease deals tend to be better for the NX. Both SUVs are available with similar financing deals.

Lexus NX vs. RX Size Comparison

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The Lexus NX is classified as a compact SUV and rides on a 105.9-inch wheelbase. The SUV is 183.5 inches long, 73.4 inches wide, and 65.4 inches tall. In comparison, the Lexus RX is a midsize SUV that has a 112.2-inch wheelbase. It’s 192.5 inches long, 75.6 inches wide, and 67.3 inches tall.

On the road, the RX feels larger than the NX and could be more difficult to park and drive on tight roads. For passengers, the RX feels like the roomier option of the two. The RX has more front headroom, front and rear shoulder room, front and rear hip room, and rear legroom than the NX. Both SUVs, though, offer seating for up to five people.

When it comes to cargo capacity, the NX and RX are similar to one another, as both SUVs have roughly 46 cubic feet of total cargo space.

Lexus NX vs. RX Specs

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The Lexus NX and Lexus RX are available with a wide range of engines. The NX is available with four different powertrains that starts off with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 203 horsepower. The next step up is a turbo 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that’s rated at 275 hp.

The NX Hybrid comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine that has 240 hp, while the NX plug-in hybrid has an upgraded version of the hybrid’s powertrain with 304 hp.

The Lexus RX’s engine lineup follows a similar outline as the NX’s but delivers more performance. The base RX 350 comes with a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 275 hp. Every other engine is electrified.

The RX 350h Hybrid comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine that makes 246 hp, while the RX 500h has an upgraded hybrid engine that features a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that’s rated at 366 hp. The range-topping RX 450h+ plug-in hybrid has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and three electric motors for a combined output of 304 hp.

Lexus NX vs. RX Fuel Economy

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With the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, the Lexus NX can get up to 28 mpg combined, which makes it the most efficient gas-powered engine available. The NX 350’s turbo-four engine is rated at up to 25 mpg combined.

For maximum fuel economy with the NX, shoppers should consider the NX 350h, which comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine that’s rated at up to 39 mpg combined. The NX 450h+ plug-in hybrid can get up to 84 MPGe on electricity and fuel, and 36 mpg on gasoline. The PHEV can cover 37 miles on electricity alone.

The base RX 350 can get up to 25 mpg combined with its turbo-four engine. The RX 350h far more efficient with a combined fuel economy rating of up to 36 mpg combined. With an eye on performance, the RX 500h isn’t as efficient with a combined rating of up to 27 mpg combined. The range-topping RX 450h+ PHEV can get up to 83 MPGe on electricity and fuel, and 35 mpg combined on gasoline. It has a range of up to 35 miles.

NX or RX: Which Lexus To Buy?

Unless you’re looking for a midsize SUV with good performance, we recommend the more affordable Lexus NX. It may not be as spacious or as powerful as the Lexus RX, but it’s more affordable, has similar engines, has a similar amount of cargo capacity, and is more efficient.

Without a third row, the primary reason to upgrade to the RX from the NX is to get extra performance. The RX has more powerful engines than the NX, but we think that most drivers will be willing to trade performance for hefty savings.

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      Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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