Lexus NX 300 vs Audi Q3 Overview

The Lexus NX 300 is one of the best-selling small SUVs on the road today, but as you may know, the competition is fierce. One of those competitors is the Audi Q3. We will tell you why the Lexus NX 300 is a much more attractive choice when comparing them.

What is the Lexus NX 300?

The Lexus NX 300 is a luxury compact SUV/Crossover with four doors and room for five passengers and their things. It receives its power from a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine making 235 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque @1,650 rpm. Its build quality and resale value are flawless. Sure, that's to be expected for an existing Lexus owner but will surprise and delight most first-time buyers. 

Walking around the NX 300, you'll find a variety of design cues that follow the Lexus "Relentless Pursuit of Perfection" design ethos. Start with the "spindle
grille," which can be unique or bold, depending on the eye of the beholder. There are boomerang running lights below the NX's LED headlamps adding other unique points of interest. Follow it with angular creases throughout and a unique lower rear fascia surrounding the exhaust finishers. There is quite a bit of visual interest going on with this right-sized SUV.

Inside, there is more of the flawless same: The NX is chock-full of top-grade materials that are shaped similarly to many design features found outside. An eight-inch infotainment display sits at the center console's head and is controlled by an upgraded version of the Lexus Remote Touch Interface. Cargo space behind the rear seats is 17.7 cubic feet. Fold those seats forward and that space grows to 54.6 cubic feet. 
Two other Lexus NX versions are available: The Lexus NX 300 F-Sport, and the Lexus NX 300h hybrid.

What is the Audi Q3?

The 2021 Audi Q3 is a compact SUV crossover that can carry up to five passengers and as much stuff that can be stuffed behind them. Power for the Q3 comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine producing 228 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at 1,700 rpm. It is delivered to all four wheels by the Q3's Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

Built like a bulldog, the Q3 features a wide, squatty stance. There is subtle creasing and an octagonal single-piece grille that is only outshone by 18-, 19- or 20-inch wheels.

A rear spoiler is both functional and attractive, as are the rear LED taillights on each model. The Q3 S-Line model steps up the visual aggression even more. 
Features and more.

There's a lot going on with the Lexus NX 300. Start with the flawless execution both inside and but focusing on the inside will find many thoughtful features. Start with the tiniest of details: the places where your elbows come into contact inside are gently padded. The interior provides a quiet sense of luxury that is simply unavailable in many of the NX's competitors. 

 Lexus NX 300 Vehicle Audi Q3
 2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Engine 2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4
 235 hp Horsepower     184 hp
 258 lb-ft Torque 221 lb-ft
 5     Seats 5 
 182.7 inches Length 176.5 inches
 104.7 inches Wheelbase 105.5 inches
 73.6 inches Width 72.8 inches
 64.8 inches Height 62.9 inches
 18.7 feet Turning Radius 19.2 feet
 2,000 lbs. Towing Capabilities N/A
 17.7 cu-ft. / 54.6 cu-ft. Cargo Volume 23.7 cu-ft / 48.0 cu-ft.
 
From the standpoint of what's included, the Lexus NX 300 is equipped with plenty of standard features. These include dual-zone automatic climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition, satellite radio, 10-way power-adjustable front seats and an advanced safety kit that is part of the Lexus Safety System 2.0+.

The infotainment system is one of the latest: The NX 300 includes an infotainment system that includes a Wi-Fi hotspot, Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. 

The NX 300 F Sport model brings steering column-mounted paddle-shift levers, front sport seats, a firmer sport suspension and aluminum pedals. Both the NX 300 and the NX F Sport can be ordered with all-wheel-drive.

The Audi Q3 includes plenty of top-level tech and all-wheel-drive as part of its package. It's nice to have it. But with the Lexus, it's also nice to have a choice. 
The Lexus NX 300 is available at Napleton's Lexus of Milwaukee. Please contact the Lexus NX crossover experts to select the Lexus NX of your dreams today.

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