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2021 BMW X3 PHEV vs. 2021 Lexus RX 350 Review

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2021 BMW
X3 PHEV

MSRP*: $49,600
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2021 Lexus
RX 350

MSRP*: $45,220 to $52,500
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Invoice* $46,630 $42,279 to $49,089
MPG - City Info not available 19 - 20 MPG
MPG - Hwy Info not available 26 - 27 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 59.4 ft3 32.6 ft3
Engine Inline-4 V-6
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 180 hp 295 hp
Towing Capacity 4,409 lbs 3,500 lbs
Exterior Length 185.9 in 192.5 in
Exterior Width 74.4 in 74.6 in
Leg Room Front 40.3 in
Rear 36.4 in
Front 44.1 in
Rear 38.0 in
Head Room Front 41.1 in
Rear 39.1 in
Front 39.4 in
Rear 39.1 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
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Lexus RX 350 than in the BMW X3 PHEV, 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 PHEV.

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). Whether you pick the BMW X3 PHEV or the Lexus RX 350, it's going to cost you about the same. 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 PHEV and the Lexus RX 350 have similar Destination Charges.

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

Handling
The BMW X3 PHEV 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 PHEV is clearly the choice over the Lexus RX 350 for pulling heavy loads. When it comes to horsepower, the BMW X3 PHEV has a lot less horsepower than the Lexus RX 350.

Powertrain
With its lower torque engine, the BMW X3 PHEV doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as 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 PHEV and the Lexus RX 350. With the BMW X3 PHEV, you'll be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Lexus RX 350.

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