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2021 Lexus NX 300 vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander Review

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2021 Lexus
NX 300

MSRP*: $37,610 to $45,460
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2021 Toyota
Highlander

MSRP*: $35,085 to $49,190
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Invoice* $35,165 to $42,506 $32,032 to $44,911
MPG - City 22 MPG 20 - 21 MPG
MPG - Hwy 27 - 28 MPG 27 - 29 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 7 - 8 seats
Cargo Space 54.6 ft3 84.3 ft3
Engine Inline-4 V-6
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 235 hp 295 hp
Towing Capacity 2,000 lbs 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 182.7 in 194.9 - 197.4 in
Exterior Width 73.6 in 76.0 in
Leg Room Front 42.8 in
Rear 36.1 in
Front 42.0 in
Rear 41.0 in
Head Room Front 37.4 - 38.2 in
Rear 38.0 - 38.1 in
Front 38.4 - 41.2 in
Rear 37.1 - 39.4 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**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 Toyota Highlander than in the Lexus NX 300, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Lexus NX 300 and the Toyota Highlander.

Convenience
The Toyota Highlander requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Lexus NX 300, 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). Whether you pick the Lexus NX 300 or the Toyota Highlander, 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. The Lexus NX 300 carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Toyota Highlander.

Dimensions
Since the Lexus NX 300 is much slimmer than the Toyota Highlander, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Lexus NX 300, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Toyota Highlander.

Handling
The Lexus NX 300 has the same turning radius as the Toyota Highlander, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Toyota Highlander is clearly the choice over the Lexus NX 300 for pulling heavy loads. When it comes to horsepower, the Lexus NX 300 has a lot less horsepower than the Toyota Highlander.

Powertrain
With similar torque, the Lexus NX 300 and the Toyota Highlander are about even in transmitting their respective horsepower to the wheels.

Utility
Soccer Moms beware - the Lexus NX 300 seats a lot fewer people than the Toyota Highlander. The Lexus NX 300 has significantly less cargo capacity than the Toyota Highlander.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Lexus NX 300 than that of the Toyota Highlander.