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2021 Lexus NX vs. 2021 Lexus RX

If you’re shopping around Lakewood Ranch for a more affordable luxury SUV, both the Lexus NX and RX are excellent options. With the NX starting at $37,610 MSRP and the RX starting at $45,170 MSRP, Lexus SUVs offer top-shelf luxury features and thrilling performance for reasonable prices. We’ve put together a breakdown of the differences between the Lexus NX and RX, so you can get a better idea of which one is right for your needs. Compare the Lexus NX and Lexus RX, and then fill out a pre-approval and contact us to schedule for a test drive at Wilde Lexus Sarasota. 

2021 Lexus NX


2021 Lexus RX
$37,610 MSRP

Starting Price

$45,170 MSRP
5 passengers

Seating Capacity

5-7 passengers
54.5 cubic feet

Base Cargo Capacity

32.7 cubic feet
235 hp 2.0L 4-Cylinder engine

Base Engine

295 hp 3.5L V6 engine
22/28 city/highway MPG

Fuel Economy

20/27 city/highway MPG
8, 10, or 14 speakers


9,12, or 15 speakers

Lexus NX vs. RX Interior Specs

Both the 2021 Lexus RX and Lexus NX offer seating for 5 passengers, however, the RX offers the option to add on a 3rd row, expanding seating to 7. While the RX offers up a slightly larger cabin and can be configured as a 7-seater, the NX counters with increased cargo space. Take a look at key interior dimensions below: 

    Lexus RX Interior:

    2021 Lexus RX Interior

  • 44.1 inches / 38 inches of legroom (front / rear)
  • 16 cubic feet / 32.7 cubic feet of cargo space (seats down / up in the entry-level trim)
  • 9-speaker sound system
  • Optional 12-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System
  • Optional 15-speaker Mark Levinson® Sound System

Lexus NX Interior:

2021 Lexus NX Interior

  • 42.8 inches / 36.1 inches front / rear legroom
  • 17.7 cubic feet / 54.5 cubic feet of cargo space (seats down / up)
  • 8-speaker sound system
  • Optional 10- or 14- speaker Mark Levinson® Clari-Fi Sound System

Lexus NX vs. RX Performance Specs

Both the 2021 NX and RX offer standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive systems. They also share similar fuel economy ratings. That said, each lineup offers unique engines and transmissions. Take a look below to see how their engine specs differ: 

Lexus RX Performance:

  • 3.5L V6 engine
  • 295 hp
  • 268 lb-ft of torque
  • 20/27 city/highway mpg
  • 8-speed automatic transmission

Lexus NX Performance:

  • 2.0L inline four-cylinder engine
  • 235 hp
  • 258 lb-ft of torque
  • 22/28 city/highway mpg
  • 6-speed automatic transmission

Lexus NX vs. RX Safety

Venice drivers will find plenty of common ground when they compare the Lexus NX and Lexus RX on safety features like door mirrors with integrated turn signals and LED headlights. They’ll also find some differences between the Lexus NX and RX when it comes to safety features. Here are some unique features for each SUV:

  • Lexus NX: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Road Sign Assist, Lane Tracing Assist, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Intelligent High Beams, and much more!
  • LexusRX: Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management, Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Braking and Rear Cross-Traffic Braking, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and much more!

Compare the Lexus NX and RX SUVs with Test Drives

Now that Bradenton drivers have read about the differences between the NX and RX, the next step is to perform a 2021 Lexus NX vs Lexus RX comparison by booking test drives at Wilde Lexus Sarasota. Simply call us at (941) 257-0514 to take the next step. Still in research mode? Be sure to explore our other Lexus comparisons and Lexus research guides

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