2016 Lexus NX vs. 2016 BMW X32016 Lexus NX vs. 2016 BMW X3 Head To Head Comparison

As the compact luxury crossover segment continues to grow, drivers now have several options to choose from.  At the top of the list is the 2016 Lexus NX and the 2016 BMW X3.  Both are quality vehicles from quality manufacturers, but there are a few things that really set them apart.  Let’s dive in to those differences.

Interior & Design

2016 Lexus NX Interior Seating2016 BMW X3 Interior Seating

Step inside and sit down in either a 2016 NX or 2016 X3 and you’re going to be treated to a luxurious cabin adorned with high quality materials.  Some drivers remark that the X3 sticks to more of classic feel in the cabin, while the NX is a bit more modern.  You’ll also have about three inches of extra legroom in the front seats with the NX, and very generous amount in the back for a compact SUV.  Despite these minor differences the interiors of these vehicles present, it’s the exterior design that really sets these two apart.  Much like the cabin, the BMW once again sticks to a very classic, conservative styling.  By sharp contrast, the 2016 Lexus NX sports an eye-catching design with sleek lines and angles, accented by a bold, black spindle grille.  Critics agree that the NX is definitely the sportiest SUV in this matchup.

Technology & Safety

2016 Lexus NX Technology Features2016 BMW X3 iDrive

Both the NX and X3 come standard with a similar-sized display screen that houses their infotainment systems, though the screen on the NX is about a half inch larger.  Both vehicles are also very highly rated when it comes to safety, both earning a 5-star overall rating from the NHTSA.  The NX also received the Top Safety Pick+ designation from the IIHS.  Both vehicles offer standard and available technology and safety features that the other does not, but the NX offers some pretty appealing standard features that the X3 does not.  Standard on the NX, you’ll get a parking aid camera, voice activated controls, satellite radio, smart key system, additional airbags and heated exterior mirrors – all either optional or unavailable on the 2016 BMW X3.

Performance

2016 Lexus NX Performance Driving2016 BMW X3 Performance Driving

The engines that power these compact luxury SUVs are yet another thing that they have in common.  Both the NX and X3 receive a 2.0L inline four-cylinder engine on their base models, though other options are available for the BMW.  Critics note that both vehicles handle very well, with sharp steering and poised handling.  One area where the 2016 Lexus NX does top the X3 is in fuel economy, where it’s MPG is impressive compared to the rest of the class at 22 city / 28 highway.

Verdict

The 2016 Lexus NX For Sale Near Silver Spring, MD

We’ve certainly established that both the 2016 Lexus NX and 2016 BMW X3 are quality compact luxury SUVs.  Now let’s get to value.  With similarly equipped base models, you’re going to pay nearly $6,000 more for an X3.  With a powertrain warranty that adds an additional two years and 20,000 miles to the NX’s value, you’re certainly getting your money’s worth.  In our minds, that makes this decision easy.  Roll with luxury AND style AND value, and check out DARCARS Lexus of Silver Springs’ inventory of the 2016 Lexus NX in Washington D.C.  Then schedule a 2016 NX test drive at our Lexus dealership serving Columbia, MD.

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Sedans

IS Base MSRP
$37,825*
22/33 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD
ES Base MSRP
$38,900*
21/31 City/Hwy MPG* FWD
GS Base MSRP
$46,310*
22/33 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD
LS Base MSRP
$72,520*
16/24 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD

Coupes

RC Base MSRP
$40,155*
22/32 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD
LC Base MSRP
$92,000*
16/26 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD

SUVs

NX Base MSRP
$35,085*
22/28 City/Hwy MPG* FWD or AWD
RX Base MSRP
$43,020*
18/25 City/Hwy MPG* FWD or AWD
GX Base MSRP
$51,280*
15/20 City/Hwy MPG* AWD
LX Base MSRP
$89,380*
13/18 City/Hwy MPG* Full-Time 4WD

Hybrids

CTh Base MSRP
$31,250*
43/40 City/Hwy MPG* FWD
NXh Base MSRP
$39,720*
35/31 City/Hwy MPG* FWD or AWD
RXh Base MSRP
$53,035*
32/28 City/Hwy MPG* FWD or AWD
ESh Base MSRP
$41,820*
40/39 City/Hwy MPG* FWD
GSh Base MSRP
$63,635*
29/34 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD
LCh Base MSRP
$96,510*
26/35 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD

Performance

GS F Base MSRP
$83,940*
16/24 City/Hwy MPG* RWD
RC F Base MSRP
$64,165*
16/25 City/Hwy MPG* RWD
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