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2021 Audi SQ5 vs. 2021 Lexus RX 350 Review

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2021 Audi
SQ5

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2021 Lexus
RX 350

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MSRP*
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$52,900 to $56,100
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$45,220 to $52,500
Invoice* $49,727 to $52,735 $42,279 to $49,089
MPG - City 18 19 - 20
MPG - Hwy 24 26 - 27
Engine(s) V-6 V-6
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Not Tested ****
Frontal Crash Rating** Not Tested ****
Side Crash Rating** Not Tested *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Audi SQ5 offers rear passengers about the same room to stretch out as the Lexus RX 350, with comparable head- and legroom. The Lexus RX 350 will be a hit with tall drivers and their front seat passengers, since it has greater front head- and legroom than the Audi SQ5.

Convenience
The Lexus RX 350 requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Audi SQ5, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Audi SQ5 is somewhat more expensive than the Lexus RX 350. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Audi SQ5 will cost more in terms of transportation costs than the Lexus RX 350.

Dimensions
The Audi SQ5 is about the same width as the Lexus RX 350. The Audi SQ5 is slightly shorter than the Lexus RX 350, which may make it easier to park.

Drivetrain
Due to its much higher torque, the Audi SQ5 does a much better job of transmitting its engine's horsepower to its wheels than the Lexus RX 350.

Handling
The Audi SQ5 has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Lexus RX 350, allowing you to much more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the Audi SQ5 is clearly the choice over the Lexus RX 350 for pulling heavy loads. The Audi SQ5 has a little more horsepower than the Lexus RX 350.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Audi SQ5 and the Lexus RX 350. With the Audi SQ5, you'll be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Lexus RX 350.

Warranty
The Audi SQ5 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Lexus RX 350.