BMW X3 vs Lexus RX

Lexus RX vs BMW X3: Where Compact Capability Meets High Fashion

For drivers in the Charlotte area shopping for a new compact luxury SUV, one of the biggest questions posed is: "Lexus RX vs BMW X3: which is better?" And while a significant portion of that answer comes down to personal preference, budget, brand loyalty, and more--we're confident that we can provide evidence to show that one of these SUVs offers a distinct advantage over the other.

Read on to explore a competitive comparison between the new Lexus RX and the new BMW X3--and be sure to contact us if you have any further questions.


Lexus RX

Engine Performance and Driving Feel: Lexus RX vs BMW X3

With a firmer ride, a faster 0 - 60 time, and smoother acceleration, the new BMW X3 is much more "sports car" than the plush Lexus RX; if you're looking for a capable crossover SUV that can really pack a punch, the Lexus may not be the vehicle that you're looking for. The Lexus RX offers only one engine option--a 3.5-liter V-6--that offers two tuned power outputs, while the BMW X3 gives you two distinctly powerful engine options. Both offer available AWD, turbocharged powertrains with eight-speed transmissions, and both offer up to 300HP or above. Ground clearance for these two SUVs is nearly identical, assuring that either will provide adequate ride height over small obstacles.

  • BMW X3: available xDrive All-Wheel Drive; Lexus RX: available Active Torque Control All-Wheel Drive
  • BMW X3: 2.0-liter TwinTurbo 4-cylinder or 3.0-liter TwinTurbo 6-cylinder; Lexus RX: 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • BMW X3 offers slightly better city and highway fuel economy than Lexus RX

Driver Comfort, Cargo, and Connectivity: Lexus RX vs BMW X3

The unique designs of these two vehicles creates an interesting interior cabin space for both passengers and drivers: the BMW X3 offers more front head room and equal rear head room, while the Lexus RX offers more front leg and shoulder room, and more rear shoulder, leg, and hip room. However, the numbers are so close as to make little difference when you're actually in the seat. Both BMW X3 and Lexus RX boast comfortable seating for five passengers, but--as with many BMW X-Series SAVs--the BMW X3 is superior in cargo and storage space. Standard and available features are comparable, including infotainment systems and touchscreen radio, but the Lexus RX will run you nearly $4,000 more than the BMW X3 from the start.

  • BMW X3: Not specified; Lexus RX: 121.3 cubic feet of passenger volume
  • BMW X3:  27.6 cubic feet of cargo room behind second seats; Nexus RX: 18.4 cubic feet of cargo room behind second seats
  • BMW X3:  63.3 cubic feet of total storage area; Nexus RX:  56.3 cubic feet of total storage area

Put the Lexus RX vs BMW X3 to the Test in Charlotte

Get a true feel for the unique differences between the new BMW X3 and Lexus RX--schedule a test drive at your local Hendrick BMW dealership, and see if the Lexus reputation is enough to unseat the breathtaking thrill-ride that is the newest BMW X3.

Learn more about BMW X Series SAVs here.