Lexus UX vs. Lexus NX

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Lexus offers a total of eight SUVs — including hybrid models — for consumers to choose from. Buyers looking to purchase one of Lexus’ more affordable SUVs will be looking at the subcompact UX and compact NX. While these two SUVs are at the lower end of the Lexus’ lineup, there are quite a few differences that separate them from one another.

Here's a quick comparison of some of the key specs and features that can help you decide which one is worth the money when shopping for a smart luxury SUV with premium features.

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What the Lexus UX Gets Right

As the smaller SUV of the two options, the UX is the more affordable SUV. Pricing for the UX starts at $34,025 with destination, which is $4,610 less than the NX. Buyers on a budget will find the price gap between the two models to be in favor of the smaller UX. Additionally, the UX will save you money at the pumps, as it’s rated to get up to 32 mpg combined on regular gas. The most efficient NX is rated at 25 mpg combined and requires premium gas.

Despite being the smaller, more affordable vehicle, the UX comes with the same safety features as the NX. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, and more are standard on both SUVs.

Lexus offers the UX and NX with hybrid powertrains, but the UX’s stands out for having better fuel economy figures and a more affordable price tag. The UX 250h starts at $36,225 and can get up to 42 mpg combined, while the NX 300h costs $41,185 and is rated at 31 mpg combined.

What the Lexus NX Gets Right

Neither one of Lexus’ SUVs offer sprightly performance, but the NX comes with a more powerful engine. The UX comes with a 169-horsepower four-cylinder engine, while the NX’s standard powertrain is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 235 hp. On the road, the turbocharged engine helps the NX feel peppier than the UX. Additionally, the NX is rated to tow up to 2,000 pounds, while the UX is not rated to tow any cargo.

As a compact SUV, the NX offers a more spacious cabin than the UX. The NX offers more room in the front row and more room in the second row than the UX. For drivers that plan on having a full SUV of passengers, the NX is the far better option.

On the tech front, the NX comes with more standard features than the UX. The compact SUV comes with an 8-inch display, while the UX’s standard screen measures 7 inches.

Saving Money With the UX

As Lexus’ entry-level model, the UX emphasizes being affordable and easy to drive above performance or interior space. While the UX doesn’t compare that well against the larger NX, it’s a good choice for consumers that are interested in getting a small, efficient SUV.

Verdict: Lexus NX

The compact Lexus NX is one of the automaker’s more popular SUVs. It has decent performance, a relatively spacious cabin, and a long list of features. All of these things make the NX a better fit than the UX for the majority of consumers.

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, Automotive Editor

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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