Comparison: 2018 Lexus NX 300 vs 2018 BMW X3

Comparison: 2018 Lexus NX 300 vs 2018 BMW X3

As more family drivers trade in their minivans for SUVs, luxury automakers like Lexus have taken note and equipped their utes with safety and infotainment features to keep everyone happy and safe on the road. Unfortunately, not all manufacturers got the memo.

When comparing the 2018 Lexus NX 300 to the 2018 BMW X3, you’ll notice disparities in tech offerings and third-party safety ratings. We’ll give you all the details below. When you’re done reading, we’d love to see you in El Monte for a test drive.

Safety Ratings and Tech

Lexus NX 300


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Lexus NX a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating and reports there have been no recalls, complaints, or investigations on the model. Additionally, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the NX 300 a 2018 Top Safety Pick.

All models of the 2018 Lexus NX are equipped with the Lexus Safety System+, bundling a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and intelligent high beams.


The NHTSA has not evaluated the 2018 X3 but has reported one complaint and one recall on the BMW SUV. The complaint states that the model’s brakes failed in traffic, causing an accident and two injuries. The complaint also says that the vehicle’s front crash prevention system failed in this instance.

Additionally, there was a recall in November 2017 due to a software error in the instrument panel that prevented warning signals from illuminating. The IIHS has not evaluated the 2018 X3.

Standard safety tech on the BMW X3 includes Active Guard with Frontal Collision Warning, Automatic City Collision Mitigation and Braking, Daytime Pedestrian Detection, and Speed Limit Information.

Entertainment and Convenience

Lexus NX 300

Standard entertainment and connectivity features on the NX 300 include Lexus Display Audio with an 8-inch display, Scout GPS Link navigation with MapStream and TurnStream, Remote Touchpad controls, 8-speaker premium sound, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, Siri Eyes Free, and subscription-free traffic and weather.

Additionally, all models include Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, Remote, and Destination Assist telematics systems.


The X3 comes standard with AM/FM radio, CD player, HiFi sound system, pre-wiring for Sirius XM Radio, and HD Radio. It also includes USB and Bluetooth connectivity, BMW TeleService, and ConnectedDrive Services. The base model does not include navigation or traffic and weather information systems.

To get the same level of features as you get standard on the NX you’ll need to choose an upper trim, making the Lexus a better value. If you’re ready to experience the Lexus NX 300 in person, visit us in El Monte today.


Lexus NX 300

Starting at $35,985 MSRP


Starting at $41,000 MSRP