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 >   > 2019 Lexus NX vs 2019 BMW X3

Compare the 2019 Lexus NX vs 2019 BMW X3

2019 Lexus NX 2019 BMW X3 Versus

2019 Lexus NX


2019 BMW X3

2.0L Turbo I-4


2.0L Turbo I-4
258 lb-ft


258 lb-ft
42.8 in.

Legroom (1st Row)

40.3 in.

Serving Chantilly, VA, Washington, D.C., and Alexandria, VA

A compact luxury crossover that comes complete with all the trimmings, the 2019 Lexus NX, specifically the NX 300, deserves a close look. On par or ahead of most of the competition, the NX 300 delivers in the areas of fuel efficiency, advanced, cutting-edge high-tech, and interior design. Passenger comfort is unrivaled in this vehicle segment.

A worthy competitor to the NX 300 is the 2019 BMW X3 model. However, the X3 got its upgrade last year, so there's not much new to shout about for 2019. It's also less fuel efficient even though it can be purchased with a variety of powertrains. Below, a more detailed comparison follows.

New Features

The 2019 Lexus NX 300 is a compact luxury crossover that fits nicely into its price segment. It hasn't been fully redesigned for 2019, but there are a few notable improvements over last year's offering. These include:

  • • A Wi-Fi hotspot
  • • A power rear door with kick sensor
  • • Improved driver alert systems and full safety system package options

In addition, there's the panoramic view monitor, showing the entire outward scene thanks to four cameras mounted on the front, sides, and rear of the vehicle. Moving view and see-through options create a crisp image display, giving drivers an incredible view of what's going on around the vehicle. The 2019 BMW X3 offers the complete driver alert systems including adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning only as a package option, but these are standard on the 2019 NX 300.

Interior and Comfort

One of the biggest selling points of the 2019 Lexus NX 300 is the nicely designed, comfortable interior. Normally an airy, passenger-friendly cabin is something reserved for the mid-size and three-row models, but once passengers climb aboard the NX 300, they're amazed at the roomy, nicely appointed interior.

Advantages over the 2019 BMW X3 include:

  • • Oversized front seats
  • • Plenty of rear-seat elbow room
  • • Ride comfort thanks to superior suspension
  • • Class-leading noise dampening

This is one of the most quiet, comfortable rides of any luxury crossover of any size. The 2019 NX 300 glides over uneven road surfaces with nary a bump or jolt. The BMW X3 has a nicely upholstered interior, but the front seats aren't as big or comfortable as what is experienced on the NX 300. The rear seating area is large, but entry and exit is a bit difficult, another area where the X3 comes up a bit short.

Powertrain And Fuel Efficiency

The 2019 Lexus NX 300 offers only one engine, a 2.0L turbocharged engine rated at 235 horsepower. This is about average for a small crossover, but the advantages over the BMW X3 include:

  • • Better Fuel Efficiency
  • • Standard front-wheel drive
  • • Better suspension system

The BMW X3 is available only with all-wheel drive, and although this sounds nice, it's something that many buyers will frown at. This results in a loss of fuel efficiency. The overall performance of the X3 is a bit inferior to that of the NX 300 because of the handling problems associated with a suspension system that falls a bit short of the system on the NX 300.

Check out the new 2019 Lexus NX today at Pohanka Lexus Chantilly. Don't forget about the hybrid version. Call ahead to schedule a test drive to see how this small luxury crossover measures up to the competition, specifically the 2019 BMW X3.

MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.