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2021 Lexus NX 300h vs. 2021 Lexus RX 350 Review

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2021 Lexus
NX 300h

MSRP*: $40,160 to $46,910
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2021 Lexus
RX 350

MSRP*: $45,220 to $52,500
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Invoice* $37,751 to $44,096 $42,279 to $49,089
MPG - City 33 MPG 19 - 20 MPG
MPG - Hwy 30 MPG 26 - 27 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 53.6 ft3 32.6 ft3
Engine Inline-4 V-6
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 154 hp 295 hp
Towing Capacity 1,500 lbs 3,500 lbs
Exterior Length 182.7 in 192.5 in
Exterior Width 73.6 in 74.6 in
Leg Room Front 42.8 in
Rear 36.1 in
Front 44.1 in
Rear 38.0 in
Head Room Front 37.4 - 38.2 in
Rear 38.0 - 38.1 in
Front 39.4 in
Rear 39.1 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** ****
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 Lexus RX 350 than in the Lexus NX 300h, 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 Lexus NX 300h.

Convenience
The Lexus RX 350 requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Lexus NX 300h, 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). When looking only at MSRP, the Lexus NX 300h 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 Lexus NX 300h and the Lexus RX 350 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Lexus NX 300h is a little narrower than the Lexus RX 350, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. If you go with the Lexus NX 300h, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Lexus RX 350.

Handling
The Lexus NX 300h 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
In terms of towing capacity, the Lexus RX 350 is clearly the choice over the Lexus NX 300h for pulling heavy loads. When it comes to horsepower, the Lexus NX 300h has a lot less horsepower than the Lexus RX 350.

Powertrain
The Lexus NX 300h has much lower torque than the Lexus RX 350, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Lexus NX 300h and the Lexus RX 350. With the Lexus NX 300h, you'll be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Lexus RX 350.

Warranty
The Lexus NX 300h comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Lexus RX 350.