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.

2022 Audi Q3 vs 2022 Lexus NX

Audi Q5 Premium AWD

2022 Audi Q3 40 TFSI quattro® AWD


Lexus NX 250 Base AWD

2022 Lexus NX 250 Base AWD

$35,900 ✓ Starting MSRP $39,550
18 inches Wheel Diameter 18 inches
Standard Heated Front Seats Standard
10 Standard Number of Speakers 10
Standard ✓ Power Sunroof Optional
39.6 inches ✓ Front Head Room 39.1 inches
Regular ✓ Fuel Type Premium
8 Transmission Speed 8
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 2022 Audi Q3 has a base price of $35,900, highlighting a $3,650 price advantage over the more costly 2022 Lexus NX. Although the Lexus NX has been redesigned for 2022, it still lags behind the Audi Q3 in several key areas. Despite an increase in standard equipment, the Lexus NX is still not quite as well-equipped as the Audi Q3. Standard on the 2022 Audi Q3 is a panoramic sunroof with power sunshade, allowing a virtually unobstructed overhead view to flood the cabin with natural light. Legendary quattro® all-wheel drive comes standard on Q3 which gives you more peace of mind when the roads turn wet, snowy, or slippery. It's worth noting that, while the Lexus NX is available as a FWD crossover, even the FWD-only version of the Lexus NX still costs thousands more than an all-wheel drive Audi Q3.

Getting comfortable in the Q3 is effortless thanks to greater front head room dimensions than the Lexus NX. Remember - more space is an option you can't select on the Lexus at any price. Why pay more for less? From all these points, Audi's Q3 seems to come out as the clear winner in this comparison.

2022 Audi Q5 vs. 2022 Lexus RX

Audi Q5

2022 Audi Q5 45 TFSI Premium quattro®


Lexus RX 350 Base AWD

2022 Lexus RX 350 AWD

$45,600 ✓ Starting MSRP $46,720
23 / 29 / 25 ✓ Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined) 19 / 26 / 22
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 2022 Audi Q5 and 2022 Lexus RX, that lean in the direction of the Audi.

Looking at starting MSRPs, the Audi Q5 offers a lower price of entry than an equivalently equipped Lexus RX -- delivering a total savings of $1,120. 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 2022 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 2022 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 2022 Audi Q5 to be a better choice than the 2022 Lexus RX.

2022 Audi Q7 vs. 2022 Lexus GX 460

Audi Q7

2022 Audi Q7 55 Premium quattro®


Lexus GX

2022 Lexus GX 460 Premium

$62,100 ✓ MSRP $56,760
335 ✓ Horsepower 301
369 ✓ Torque 329
7,700 lbs ✓ Towing Capacity 6,500 lbs
18 city / 23 hwy / 20 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 contenders in this segment are the 2022 Audi Q7 and 2022 Lexus GX 460. In this comparison, we will look specifically at the 2022 Audi Q7 55 Premium Quattro along with the 2022 Lexus GX 460 Luxury. Let's see exactly how these two SUVs compare.

The 2022 Lexus GX 460 Premium uses a 4.6-liter V8 engine while the 2022 Q7 comes equipped with an optional 3.0-liter TFSI® V6. Despite having two fewer cylinders than its GX counterpart, the Audi Q7 55 Premium Quattro produces 34 additional horsepower while also 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 Q7 55 Premium Quattro also offers a much larger maximum cargo capacity - delivering enough space to carry whatever you may need for your next trip, which Lexus' GX falls short on providing. 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. When compared to their Lexus counterparts, it's easy to see why Audi comes out on top. No matter which class of SUV you're shopping for, Audi is the clearly superior choice. Browse our complete lineup of Audi SUVs here at Audi Cincinnati East!