Audi SUVs vs. Lexus SUVs Competitive Comparison at Audi Cincinnati East

As the luxury SUV segment continues to grow in popularity, both Audi and Lexus offer a wide array of vehicles sure to impress buyers. Those looking for a luxury SUV prioritize spacious and refined interiors, versatile performance, and dynamic styling. In this comparison, we'll see exactly how both Audi and Lexus SUVs measure up in this competitive segment.

Audi Q3 vs Lexus NX

2019 Audi Q5 Premium AWD

2021 Audi Q3 Premium AWD


2020 Lexus RX 350 Base AWD

2021 Lexus NX 300 Base FWD

$34,000 ✔ Starting MSRP $37,610
18 inches ✔ Wheel Diameter 17 inches
Standard ✔ Heated Front Seats Optional
10 ✔ Standard Number of Speakers 8
Standard ✔ Power Sunroof Optional
39.6 inches ✔ Front Head Room 38.2 inches
Regular ✔ Fuel Type Premium
8 ✔ Transmission Speed 6
Standard ✔ All-Wheel Drive Optional

Each offering compact size and eye-catching style, both the Audi Q3 and Lexus NX are compelling compact crossover SUV choices. Comparing the two side-by-side reveals some key differences that make Audi a clear favorite.

Right off the bat, the 2021 Audi Q3 has a base price of $34,000, highlighting a $3,610 price advantage over the more costly 2021 Lexus NX. Not only does the Audi Q3 save you over $3,000 versus a Lexus' NX, but it also features standard equipment that adds even more cost to the Lexus. Standard on the 2021 Q3 is a panoramic sunroof with power sunshade, allowing a virtually unobstructed overhead view to flood the cabin with natural light. Additionally, heated front seats come standard on Audi's Q3, making those chilly mornings much more bearable. All-Wheel Drive comes standard on Q3 which gives you more peace of mind when the roads turn wet, snowy, or slippery. These three features are added-cost options on the Lexus NX, further demonstrating superior value in the Audi Q3.

Greater wheel diameter, more standard speakers, and more transmission speeds are only a few aspects in which the Audi Q3 tops its NX rival. Getting comfortable in the Q3 is effortless thanks to greater front hip room dimensions than the Lexus NX. Enjoy a superior audio listening experience with two more speakers in the Audi Q3. Standard 18-inch alloy wheels give the Q3 a more aggressive stance, while a smaller 17-inch wheel size makes Lexus' NX fail to measure up. From all these points, Audi's Q3 seems to come out as the clear winner in this comparison.

Audi Q5 vs. Lexus RX

Audi Q5

2021 Audi Q5 2.0T Premium Quattro


2020 Lexus RX 350 Base AWD

2021 Lexus RX 350 FWD

$45,220 ✔ Starting MSRP $44,150
22 / 28 / 24 ✔ Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined) 20 / 27 / 23
273 lb ft @ 1600 RPM ✔ Torque 268 lb ft @ 4700 RPM
Standard ✔ All-Wheel Drive Optional
10 ✔ Standard Number of Speakers 9
40.2 inches ✔ Front Head Room 39.4 inches
Standard ✔ Heated Front Seats Optional
Standard ✔ Front Fog Lights Optional
4,400 lbs ✔ Standard Tow Capacity 3,500 lbs

Though both of these segment-leading midsize luxury SUVs boast impressive efficiency and intelligent capability, upon a closer look there are a few key differences between the 2021 Audi Q5 and 2021 Lexus RX, that lean in the direction of the Audi.

Looking at starting MSRPs, the Audi Q5 offers a lower price of entry than the Lexus RX -- a total savings of $1,920. Contributing to the Q5's outstanding value, you'll find its standard quattro® all-wheel drive. All-wheel drive comes as an additional cost on an already more expensive Lexus RX. Front fog lights also come standard on this Audi SUV while the Lexus RX only offers them as optional equipment.

The 2021 Q5 boasts greater highway and combined EPA fuel economy ratings than the Lexus RX. This means that Q5 drivers can continue to their destination while Lexus RX drivers may need extra time to refuel. High fuel efficiency doesn't mean sacrificing on performance, with the Audi Q5 delivering both greater torque numbers and greater towing capacity than the Lexus RX.

Inside the 2021 Audi Q5, drivers will be greeted with exceptional luxury refinements and technology. This exceptional luxury SUV offers a greater number of speakers, leading to a superior audio experience as well as standard heated seats, beating the Lexus RX that only has them as optional add-ons. While getting warmed up, Audi Q5 front drivers and passengers will appreciate its generous front headroom when compared to the Lexus RX. It's no small wonder that midsize luxury SUV shoppers will find the 2021 Audi Q5 to be a better option than the 2021 Lexus RX.

Audi Q7 vs. Lexus GX 460

2020 Audi Q7

2021 Audi Q7 3.0T Premium Quattro


2020 Lexus GX 460

2021 Lexus GX 460 Luxury

$54,950 ✔ MSRP $64,715
335 ✔ Horsepower 301
369 ✔ Torque 329
7,700 lbs ✔ Towing Capacity 6,500 lbs
17 city/ 21 hwy / 18 combined ✔ Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined) 15 /19 /16
8 ✔ Transmission Speeds 6
10 ✔ Standard Number of Speakers 9
69.6 cubic feet ✔ Maximum Cargo Capacity 64.7 Cubic Feet
59.5/58.5/49.4 inches ✔ Front/Middle/Rear Shoulder Room 55.4/57.3/43.1 inches

Full-size luxury SUVs are known for their robust performance and spacious sizing, making them the ideal companion for active families or weekend getaways. Two excellent choices among this segment are the Audi Q7 and Lexus GX 460. In this comparison, we will look specifically at the 2020 Audi Q7 3.0T Premium Quattro along with the 2020 Lexus GX 460 Luxury. Let's see exactly how these two SUVs compare.

The 2020 Lexus GX 460 Premium uses a 4.6-liter V8 engine while the 2020 Q7 comes equipped with an optional 3.0-liter TFSI® V6. Despite having two fewer cylinders than its GX counterpart, the Audi Q7 3.0T Premium produces 34 additional horsepower while achieving a significantly higher fuel economy. A standard and more sophisticated 8-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission provides precise gear changes for improved response on Audi's Q7, compared to the GX 460's 6-speed automatic transmission. To top it off, the Q7 offers a maximum towing capacity of 7,700 lbs. while the Lexus GX 460 is rated at just 6,500 lbs. When comparing performance, Audi's Q7 remains an obvious choice.

The Audi 3.0T Q7 also offers a massively larger maximum cargo capacity for enough space to carry whatever you need for any trip, which Lexus' GX falls short on providing. What's also worth noting is Q7's superior 10 speaker audio system compared to the GX's 9-speaker system. Front, middle, and rear passengers can relax in comfort due to the generous shoulder room dimensions in every row inside the Audi Q7.

Winner - Audi

No matter which class of SUV you're searching for, Audi SUVs continue to set the benchmark for competitors. That's why Kelley Blue Book awarded the Audi Q5 with the Compact Luxury SUV Best Buy of 2021. The Audi Q5 has won this award four years in a row. Browse our complete lineup of Audi SUVs here at Audi Cincinnati East!

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2021 Audi Q5

2021 Audi Q5
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