2021 Lexus RX vs. 2021 Lexus NX: Worth the Upgrade?

2021 Lexus RX driver side view and 2021 Lexus NX passenger side view
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Lexus RX vs. Lexus NX: Which Is Better?

The compact Lexus NX and midsize Lexus RX are similar in many ways. They’re both safe, reliable, and packed with features. In addition, they have premium cabins, comfortable seats, and well-balanced performance. However, there are some obvious distinctions between these two luxury crossovers, as well as a few minor details that set them apart.

The two-row 2021 Lexus NX was an all-new luxury compact SUV for 2015. In 2018, Lexus changed the crossover’s name from the NX 200t to the NX300. That same year, this SUV got a larger infotainment display and several standard safety features. Since then, the NX has gained standard smartphone app integration.

The luxury midsize 2021 Lexus RX is available in two- and three-row configurations. It was last redesigned for the 2016 model year, and the three-row RX L made its debut in 2018. Over the last several years, the RX has seen many updates, including an interior and exterior refresh for the 2020 model year. The refresh welcomed a standard touch-screen infotainment system and smartphone connectivity. For 2021, the RX gets more standard active safety aids, power-folding and auto-dimming outside mirrors, and available wireless device charging,

To help you make a confident buying decision, we’ve compared these luxury SUVs in 10 categories shoppers value most, including price, safety, predicted reliability, performance, technology, fuel economy, and more. Use the following information, along with your priorities, to decide which luxury crossover is the best fit for you.

We update our scores and rankings periodically as new data and expert research become available, so the scores and category winners in this article may differ from the information in our individual reviews and rankings. 

Keep reading to learn which Lexus crossover SUV wins this head-to-head competition.

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