How do the Lexus NX and RX hybrids compare?
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 seats. MSRP, as configured, is $56,989.
We'll look at the features of each vehicle side-by-side.
|Model Type||2017 NX 300h||2016 RX 450h|
Engine and Fuel Economy
|Engine||2.5L In-Line 4||3.5L V6|
The RX has the more powerful engine, but the NX offers better fuel economy.
|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+|
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.
|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.
|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.