How do the Lexus NX and RX hybrids compare?

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Cartelligent clients love Lexus hybrids for their fuel economy, reliability, and available safety features. We've compiled the details for two of our most popular models the NX and RX hybrid SUVs.


NX vs. RX?

In this article, we've configured a sample vehicle for each car and then examined some of the key differentiating factors. We've based our sample models on popular choices among Cartelligent clients.

  • 2017 Lexus NX 300h: Our sample NX 300h includes blind-spot monitoring, navigation, parking assist and power moonroof. MSRP, as configured, is $48,803.

  • 2017 Lexus RX 450h: We've chosen a 2017 Lexus RX 450h. Features include all-wheel drive, navigation, touch-free rear door, and heated seatsMSRP, as configured, is $56,989.


Vehicle Comparison

We'll look at the features of each vehicle side-by-side.

Model Type 2017 NX 300h 2016 RX 450h
MSRP $48,803 $56,989


Engine and Fuel Economy

Engine 2.5L In-Line 4 3.5L V6
Horsepower 194 308
City mpg 33 31
Highway mpg 30 28


The RX has the more powerful engine, but the NX offers better fuel economy.



Seating 5 5
Cargo volume (behind seats) 16.8 ft3 18.0 ft3
Cargo volume (rear seats folded) 53.7 ft3 55.9ft3


The NX offers slightly less cargo space than the RX. Both vehicles can seat five comfortably.



IIHS rating Top Safety Pick+ Top Safety Pick+
Rearview camera Standard Standard
Crash prevention Available Standard


Both vehicles are Insurance Institue for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Picks+ when configured with specific headlights and front crash prevention.


Cost to purchase: NX vs. RX

First, we'll examine the cost of each when purchased. All payments represent pricing based on market conditions at the time of writing but are subject to change.

MSRP $48,803 $56,989
Down payment $2,500 $2,500
Monthly payment (inc. tax) $840 $1,030
Total of payments over five years $52,060 $63,270


The NX is around $190/month less than the RX and saves about $11,000 in payments over the course of five years. 


Cost to lease: NX vs. RX

Next, we'll compare the three vehicles on a three-year, 12,000 mile/year lease.

MSRP $48,803 $56,989
Down payment $2,500 $2,500
Monthly payment (inc. tax) $565 $705
Lease disposition fee $350 $350
Total of payments over three years $22,625 $27,525


The NX is again the lowest cost option, saving about $140/month and $1,200 over the course of the lease.  


Which to buy: NX or RX?

Both vehicles can be fantastic options depending on your personal circumstances. Your Cartelligent agent can talk you through the pros and cons of each vehicle (as well as any other brands) to help you make an educated decision.


Whether you want a new Lexus SUV or any other new car, Cartelligent can help you get a great deal on exactly what you want. Call our team of car-buying experts at 888-427-4270 or get started today.