Compare 2018 Lexus NX vs 2018 Lexus RX

Lexus NX 300 Lexus RX 350
Standard Engine 2.0L Inline-4 Standard Engine 3.5L V6
Horsepower 235 hp Horsepower 295 hp
MPG (city/hwy) * 22 / 28 MPG (city/hwy) * 20 / 27
Seats 5 Seats 5
All prices are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, tax, title, license, and options. Dealer sets actual price.

* Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

Specs at a Glance

Performance

The 2018 Lexus NX, a two-row luxury crossover, is all some people need for their daily commute or family transportation. Other people may want the three-row 2018 Lexus RX. What are the real differences between the two? This comparison looks at the facts about each SUV.

The 2018 Lexus RX 350 has more powerful engine choices than the 2018 Lexus NX. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, a V6 generates 295 horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. of torque. Powered by hybrid technology, the RX 450h earns 31 mpg/city and kicks out 308 horsepower. The NX 300 has an intercooled turbo with a six-speed automatic transmission. This 235-horsepower engine kicks out a generous 258 lb.-ft. of torque for a V6-like response. Its hybrid, the 2018 Lexus NX 300h, earns 35 mpg/city and 194 horsepower. Lexus RX models can tow up to 3,500 pounds while 2018 Lexus NX need to limit towing to 2,000 pounds. Since it is shorter, the 2018 Lexus NX has a much tighter turning circle.

Appearance

The two SUVs look similar due to the brand’s design language. This means they have sharp lines that create a sense of movement up front and flowing lines that continue the feeling of movement along the sides. Spindle grilles are flanked by L-like slash daytime lights and swept-back headlights. You can be certain you are looking at the larger Lexus RX due to its floating roof effect. The B pillars are blacked out, and the roof seems suspended. The 2018 Lexus RX is ten inches longer than the 2018 Lexus NX. It’s also three inches taller and almost an inch wider. This allows the 2018 Lexus RX to claim much more passenger volume, which it needs because it can seat six or seven. The 2018 Lexus NX seats five comfortably on two rows. Both vehicles offer generous interior packages with a large touchscreen for Bluetooth streaming audio. Lexus also provides a one-year subscription to Enform Wi-Fi. Passengers can access the internet on their smart devices. Depending on the trim model, interior amenities include heated/ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, and a power lift gate with a kick sensor. Lexus RX models also offer a rear entertainment center. Cargo volume is similar with 17.7 cubic feet for the 2018 Lexus NX and 18.4 cubic feet for the 2018 Lexus RX. This grows to 54.6 cu.ft. (NX) and 56.3 cu.ft. (RX).

Safety

Both SUVs have a suite of safety features that tend to cost extra on rival brands. An automatic emergency brake may respond if the driver can’t react fast enough to the forward collision warning. The same autobrake reacts if the driver’s response to a pedestrian watch. Automatic high beams can raise and lower the beam to match conditions. Active lane control watches for departures and helps the driver improve the SUV’s trajectory. Adaptive cruise control will reduce the throttle if the SUV encounters slowing traffic. A rearview camera is on every Lexus, and you can also get a surround-view monitor for better views with the 2018 Lexus RX. Blind spot monitoring with a rear cross-traffic alert add more tools for crash avoidance. In crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2018 Lexus NX earned all five stars. After its own crash tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2018 Lexus RX as a Top Safety Pick. Offering even more peace of mind, Lexus is providing a 10-year subscription to Enform Safety Connect.

You will find the 2018 Lexus NX and RX at Kenny Kent Lexus. Consider this your invitation to take a test drive.