Lexus RX vs. Lexus NX

How Are the Lexus NX & Lexus RX Different?

Lexus is an automaker with a reputation for creating impeccable vehicles, and the best-selling members of its SUV lineup are no exception. Both the Lexus NX compact SUV and Lexus RX SUV are boldly styled and filled to the brim with innovative technologies, which makes them perfect for modern drivers who want to rule the road. So what’s the difference between the Lexus NX and the Lexus RX? Find out which Lexus SUV is right for you at our Lexus dealership near Boerne, TX.

Lexus NX vs. Lexus RX: Size Matters

To start, these two SUVs differ in size. The Lexus NX is a compact crossover that can seat five people, but it’s designed to be a bit sleeker than the larger RX. The new Lexus NX offers 71.6 cubic feet of interior volume, with an overall height of 64.8 inches. While the Lexus RX also currently seats five people, it offers a little more space for your money, allowing passengers to stretch out more. With the introduction of the expanded RXL, you have the option to add a 3rd row of seating with even more cargo space. Overall the standard Lexus RX has more leg, shoulder, and headroom than the NX, offering 121.3 cubic feet of interior volume, and standing tall at 67.7 inches.

On the outside, the NX is eye-catching with standard 17-inch wheels and available, upgraded 18-inch wheels that will come with the Premium Package or on NX F SPORT models. The RX comes standard with 18-inch wheels and the more commonly seen, upgraded 20-inch wheels.


Lexus NX & Lexus RX: Available Models

Both the Lexus NX and the Lexus RX come standard with Front-Wheel Drive, but are available with All-Wheel Drive. Both the NX 300h and RX 450h are built with standard All-Wheel Drive for the new model year.

The NX comes standard with a 2.0-liter Turbo Inline 4-cylinder engine that delivers 235 horsepower, while the RX takes it up a notch with a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine that boasts 295 horsepower. Both models are also available in the signature Lexus F SPORT trim, or can be equipped with a hybrid powertrain for increased efficiency. The RX 450h will come with the option to combine both the F SPORT trim with AWD capabilities in the RX 450h F SPORT.

Lexus NX & Lexus RX: Technology Features

The new Lexus RX and NX both come with convenient, connected technology from Lexus. On either model you’ll enjoy a slew of entertainment features, such as the Lexus Enform App Suite, HD Radio, Subscription-Free Traffic and Weather Updates and Siri Eyes Free. The Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 is standard on the NX, while the Lexus Enform App Suite is available on the Lexus RX but will be a new standard feature on the 2020 RX that is arriving soon. The Lexus Enform App Suite allows you to access all your favorite mobile applications through your vehicle’s center console display screen and is easily controlled via standard voice command systems. Use your smartphone’s apps to stream music, listen to live radio, make dinner reservations and much more right from your vehicle.

Need directions? Both SUVs are equipped with standard Scout® GPS Link app-based turn-by turn directions and subscription-free Traffic and Weather via HD Radio™ to help you get where you need go. Additionally, both models come standard with Siri® Eyes Free technology, advanced Bluetooth® with audio streaming and HD Radio™. The Lexus NX even includes standard Enform Wi-Fi™ with a 1-year trial or 4GB of data, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa compatibility and optional Dynamic Navigation with Dynamic Voice Command.  These features will soon be available on the 2020 RX as well.


Lexus NX & Lexus RX: Safety Features

Both the Lexus NX and the Lexus RX come equipped with a backup camera with dynamic gridlines, which means you can pull out of parking spaces easily. The two SUVs also come standard with the advanced Lexus Safety System+ or Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 which is a comprehensive suite of advanced, active safety equipment.  Lexus Safety System+ features a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Intelligent High Beams while Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 adds Lane Tracing Assist and Road Sign Assist to the long-list of advanced, standard safety systems.

Both the NX and RX come with Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect with complimentary service for the first 10 years of ownership.

Buy a Lexus RX or Lease a Lexus NX

Continue to explore the similarities and differences between the Lexus NX and Lexus RX with our Lexus comparison chart here. Of course, nothing is better than the feel of the wheel, so schedule a personal presentation and test-drive of your favorite Lexus model online here or call our sales team at (210) 816-6000.

Starting MSRP$36,185$43,570
Engine2.0-liter I43.5-liter V6
TransmissionAutomatic 6-SpeedAutomatic 8-Speed
AWD AvailableYesYes
Hybrid AvailableYesYes

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