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2021 Audi SQ5 vs. 2021 Lexus RX 350L Review

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2021 Audi
SQ5

MSRP*: $52,900 to $56,100
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2021 Lexus
RX 350L

MSRP*: $48,050 to $55,450
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Invoice* $49,727 to $52,735 $44,928 to $51,847
MPG - City 18 MPG 18 - 19 MPG
MPG - Hwy 24 MPG 25 - 26 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 7 seats
Cargo Space 53.1 - 54.1 ft3 58.5 ft3
Engine V-6 V-6
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 349 hp 290 hp
Towing Capacity 4,400 lbs 3,500 lbs
Exterior Length 184.3 - 184.6 in 196.9 in
Exterior Width 74.5 in 74.6 in
Leg Room Front 40.9 in
Rear 38.0 in
Front 41.4 in
Rear 30.9 in
Head Room Front 38.0 - 39.6 in
Rear 37.5 - 39.3 in
Front 38.7 - 39.8 in
Rear 37.9 - 38.5 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Info not available ****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available ****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**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
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Audi SQ5 than in the Lexus RX 350L. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Audi SQ5 and the Lexus RX 350L.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Audi SQ5 as you will with the Lexus RX 350L, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

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 350L. 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 350L.

Dimensions
The Audi SQ5 is about the same width as the Lexus RX 350L. If you go with the Audi SQ5, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Lexus RX 350L.

Handling
The Audi SQ5 has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Lexus RX 350L, 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 350L for pulling heavy loads. The Audi SQ5 has a little more horsepower than the Lexus RX 350L.

Powertrain
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 350L.

Utility
The Audi SQ5 has less seating than the Lexus RX 350L, making the Lexus RX 350L the better choice, if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The Audi SQ5 has less cargo space than the Lexus RX 350L, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

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