Lexus RX 350 vs. Audi Q5 on sale today at Napleton's Lexus of Milwaukee

One is known for its reliability and resale value, and the other for its technology and performance. We take a look at both of them.
The Lexus RX350 is one of the most desirable luxury midsize Crossover/SUVs on the market today. That's not a stretch, especially when you consider that the RX was one of the segment's originators in the first place. In addition to being the innovator, the RX makes strong points by way of its reliability and resale value as well.

Known for its smooth ride, the Lexus RX 350 provides that and more. Start with the solitude of an extremely quiet interior and add a load of technology. The result is a crossover that does its best to indulge and pamper you.
The Audi Q5 is Audi's best-selling SUV for a good reason: It offers a potent mix of practicality, great driving manners, amenities and practicality. But it does come at a cost. The Q5 offers standard all-wheel-drive via Audi's Quattro system.

What motivates them?

The Lexus RX is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine making 295 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. It drives the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The system includes steering column-mounted paddle-shift levers if you enjoy shifting on your own.

The five-passenger RX 350 is available in a variety of other models within its range including the extended-wheelbase RX 350L which offers three-row seating for up to seven passengers. It has the same 3.5-liter engine but offers five fewer horses due to its single exhaust pipe.

Lexus also offers the hybrid-powered RX 450 and RX 450-L powered by the 3.5-liter V6 +123-kW electric motor-generator with 308 combined horsepower.
A standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine powers the Audi Q5. It provides 261 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Dubbed the 45 TFSI, it utilizes a 12-volt mild-hybrid system for added efficiency. It routes through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with Quattro all-wheel-drive.

Audi also offers a plug-in hybrid producing 362 horsepower, or a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder mode for its sporty SQ5 model line, which produces 349 horsepower.

How does the Lexus RX look?

Sleek and modern, the Lexus RX has a look that shows why it is so popular among buyers today. Start with the Lexus "spindle" grill to get the party started. It looks aggressive and sporty at the same time but still manages to be comfortable and relaxed, too. The ultimate cruiser, it looks fast even standing still, thanks to the angular shapes and cuts around the body. A blacked-out C-pillar makes the roof appear to be floating in place. New for 2021, the RX 350 includes the new Black Line Special Edition for the F Sport models. In addition to black wheels and specialized trim, buyers receive a two-piece set of Zero Haliburton luggage. What kind of luggage is that, you may ask? Think of the metal cases carried by James Bond or the cocaine cowboys of the 1990's!

The Audi Q5 is conservative in style and function. Available in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels, it now features a thinner and wider grille. At the rear, the Q5 includes horizontal trim and updated lighting that leads to the rear diffuser.

The Q5 rides on 18-inch wheels, while the plug-in model gets 19-inch wheels. The sport SQ5 model rides on 20-inch wheels and Audi organic light-emitting-diode (OLED) headlamps.

It's what's inside that counts


Featuring upscale materials with outstanding fit and finish, the Lexus RX 350 is a sumptuously-equipped vehicle that makes many other vehicles jealous! All models include a large infotainment screen operated by the Lexus Remote Control touchpad on the center console. From here, you can operate most internal functions of the vehicle, including navigation, audio system, climate control and smartphone integration. An available 12.3-inch infotainment display screen presents an even larger picture of what's going on with your vehicle. Cargo space measures up to 18 cubic feet behind the rear seat but grows to 56 cubic feet when the second row is folded forward.

The RX 350L offers seating for seven when ordered with the three-passenger middle-row benchseat. Captain's chairs are available for the second row, but they reduce total occupancy to six.

The Audi Q5 includes seating for five, which means a couple of folks may be stuck at home. The well-designed dashboard includes a 10.1-inch touchscreen display. Leather and wood help to set off the interior nicely.

There are 23 cubic feet behind the Q5's second row, which grows to 53 cubic feet when folded.

Which is best for me?

The Audi Q5 is a fine vehicle. Don't get us wrong. At the end of the day, this techno-laden wonder will offer a firm ride and admittedly great handling. But the bottom line is that it might just verge on the rough-riding side of the road.

The Lexus RX 350 will bring a vehicle you can drive for a substantial length of time without fatiguing or exhausting yourself. Featuring sumptuous interiors, a stellar ride, excellent fit and finish as well as exceptional reliability and resale value makes it immediately clear there is lot to like about the Lexus RX 350.

The Lexus RX is available now, at Lexus of Milwaukee

We are eager to show you these and other reasons why the Lexus RX 350 is the best vehicle for you. Please call the Lexus RX specialists at Napleton's Lexus of Milwaukee for more information and to schedule a test drive in the crossover of your dreams, today.

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