2017 Lexus NX vs. 2017 Toyota RAV4

2016 Lexus NX vs. 2016 Toyota RAV4 Comparison So you’ve decided on getting a new compact SUV and you’re convinced the Toyota family produces the best vehicles on the road. Now you’re trying to decide whether to go with the less expensive 2017 RAV4, or treat yourself to luxury with the 2017 Lexus NX. Surely there are features that justify the higher price tag of the NX, but what are they?

Interior & Design

2016 Lexus NX Interior Seats2016 Toyota RAV4 Interior Front Seats

One look inside and you can tell that the interior of the 2017 RAV4 is built with quality materials, and at first glance, has a somewhat modern appearance. Then you step into the 2017 NX and you notice the stark contrast between “quality materials” and “premium materials”. Lexus is known for its excellence in interior design, and that certainly holds true in the NX, as it is both comfortable and exceptionally stylish with leatherette seats standard, and ultra-premium leather available. Its practicality and sophistication truly put it in a higher class than the RAV4, while its surprising roominess for passengers will destroy your notion of what a “compact” vehicle can be. The exterior designs also set these vehicles apart, as the RAV4’s body style doesn’t exactly excite. With sharp angles and lines combined with a bold front fascia, the NX is one of the sharpest-looking vehicles on the road.

Technology & Safety

2016 Lexus NX Technology Screen2016 Toyota RAV4 Technology and Safety

Both the 2017 Lexus NX and 2017 Toyota RAV4 have cool technology features standard like Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, voice recognition and a rearview camera. However, the NX gives you a display screen that is nearly an inch bigger, 2 additional speakers for higher-quality sound, as well as convenience features like push-button start and dual-zone climate control standard. The option to add heated front seats, power sunroof, navigation and the ultra-convenient wireless phone charger are also available only on the 2017 NX.  As far as safety is concerned, both vehicles rate very well, as Toyota has made it a priority for both its Toyota and Lexus models. Both were given a Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS, and a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA.


2016 Lexus NX Engine Bay2016 Toyota RAV4 Engine Bay

Performance is another area where you’ll find a stark contrast between the NX and RAV4. The 2017 NX is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 235 horsepower. By comparison, the 2017 RAV4’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine only puts out 176 horsepower, and you can notice the difference. Both vehicles feature front-wheel drive standard, with an all-wheel drive option available. Drivers report that the NX delivers a smooth, composed ride with accurate, responsive steering. The RAV4, while delivering a generally poised and smooth ride, does not make as precise of turns as the NX when a quick change of direction is needed.

Verdict2016 Lexus NX for sale in Wilmington, DE

With a higher quality and more comfortable interior, sportier exterior, more standard and available features, and a more powerful engine, the 2017 NX is definitely worth a little extra money. View our 2017 Lexus NX for sale in Wilmington, DE, then stop by our Lexus dealership serving Philadelphia, PA and test drive a 2017 NX to experience Lexus luxury at its finest.

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