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2021 Lexus NX 300 vs. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Review

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2021 Lexus
NX 300

MSRP*: $37,610 to $45,460
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Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

2021 Volkswagen
Atlas Cross Sport

MSRP*: $30,855 to $50,025
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Invoice* $35,165 to $42,506 $29,590 to $47,973
MPG - City 22 MPG 17 - 21 MPG
MPG - Hwy 27 - 28 MPG 23 - 24 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 54.6 ft3 77.8 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4, V-6
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 235 hp 235 - 276 hp
Towing Capacity 2,000 lbs 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 182.7 in 195.5 in
Exterior Width 73.6 in 78.4 in
Leg Room Front 42.8 in
Rear 36.1 in
Front 41.6 in
Rear 40.4 in
Head Room Front 37.4 - 38.2 in
Rear 38.0 - 38.1 in
Front 39.4 in
Rear 37.8 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 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 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport 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 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Lexus NX 300 as you will with the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, 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 Lexus NX 300 is somewhat more expensive than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. 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 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Dimensions
Since the Lexus NX 300 is much slimmer than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, 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 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Handling
The Lexus NX 300 has a smaller turning radius than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is clearly the choice over the Lexus NX 300 for pulling heavy loads. The Lexus NX 300 has a little less horsepower than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Powertrain
With its lower torque engine, the Lexus NX 300 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Lexus NX 300 and the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. The Lexus NX 300 has significantly less cargo capacity than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Warranty
The Lexus NX 300 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.