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2021 BMW X3 vs. 2020 Lexus RX 350 Review

New 2021 BMW X3

2021 BMW
X3

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New 2020 Lexus RX 350

2020 Lexus
RX 350

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MSRP*
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$43,000 to $56,600
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$44,150 to $51,750
Invoice* $40,490 to $53,140 $41,281 to $48,388
MPG - City 21 - 25 19 - 20
MPG - Hwy 27 - 29 26 - 27
Engine(s) Inline-4, Inline-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
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Lexus RX 350 than in the BMW X3, due to its greater 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 BMW X3.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the BMW X3 as you will with the Lexus RX 350, 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). When looking only at MSRP, the BMW X3 will have less of an impact on your bank account 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. Both the BMW X3 and the Lexus RX 350 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The BMW X3 is about the same width as the Lexus RX 350. The BMW X3 is slightly shorter than the Lexus RX 350, which may make it easier to park.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque engine, the BMW X3 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Lexus RX 350.

Handling
The BMW X3 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 BMW X3 is clearly the choice over the Lexus RX 350 for pulling heavy loads. The BMW X3 has a little less 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 BMW X3 and the Lexus RX 350. The BMW X3 has a roomier cargo area for putting your bags or other items than the Lexus RX 350.

Warranty
The BMW X3 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Lexus RX 350.