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.

BMW X3

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.

BMW X3

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.

Pricing

Lexus NX 300

Starting at $35,985 MSRP

BMW X3

Starting at $41,000 MSRP

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Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 350 vs 2018 BMW 530i

Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 350 vs 2018 BMW 530i

A luxury midsize sedan leaves no bases uncovered, with ample cabin space, intuitive technology, and luxe seating for the whole family. The only question becomes, which model to choose?

If you’re in Los Angeles and want to know how the 2018 Lexus ES 350 compares to the 2018 BMW 530i, visit us in El Monte to get the full experience. Below, we’ll highlight the differences between California’s top-selling midsize luxury sedans, beyond the substantial price gap:

Safety Ratings and Technology

Lexus ES 350

The 2018 Lexus ES earned top scores from both major safety organizations, including a Top Safety Pick title from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Plus, Lexus equipped the new ES with standard driver assistance technology that the competition typically includes as options.

All models of the 2018 ES come with the Lexus Safety System+, including a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high beams. It also includes standard Lexus Enform Safety Connect, and the option for Intuitive Parking Assist, a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and twin projector Bi-LED headlamps.

BMW 530i

The BMW 5 Series was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, but has not been rated by the NHTSA. Additionally, it does not come standard with any driver assistance technology. The 530i does come standard with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, BMW Assist eCall, and the Active Protection System with Fatigue and Focus Alert.

Available safety features include automatic high beams, Parking Assistant Plus, Active Lane Keeping Assistant, Active Cruise Control, and Traffic Jam Assistant.

Entertainment and Convenience

Lexus ES 350

The 2018 ES comes standard with Lexus Display Audio with 8-inch touchscreen, Scout GPS navigation, voice command, a backup camera, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, Bluetooth tech, and an 8-speaker Premium Sound System. It also features dual-zone climate control, a power moonroof, rain-sensing wipers, and Lexus Enform Service Connect and Remote apps.

The Navigation Package gives you Remote Touch controls, Navigation System with color display and Lexus Enform App Suite, and Lexus Enform Destination Assist. The Navigation/Mark Levinson Audio Package includes all these features, plus a 15-speaker deluxe audio system with Surround Sound and Clari-Fi technology. The ES is also available with interior ambient lighting, a panorama glass roof, power rear sunshade, and heated and ventilated seats.

BMW 530i

The 2018 530i comes equipped with HD Radio with multicast FM station reception, pre-wiring for Sirius XM Radio, and a HiFi Sound System with 12 speakers. Additionally, it features Bluetooth wireless tech, BMW TeleService, Advanced Real Time Traffic, rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, a two-way power glass moonroof, interior ambient lighting, and automatic climate control. It does not feature standard dual-zone climate control.

When you opt for the Premium Tier, you add heated front seats, Park Distance Control, Gesture Control, Sirius XM Radio, a power trunk, and Comfort Access entry. The Executive Tier gives you full LED headlights (standard on the ES), automatic high beams, soft-close doors, Surround View, and more. While the 530i does come with the option for Apple CarPlay, it does not offer an advanced navigation system.

Pricing

Lexus ES 350

Starting at $38,940 MSRP

BMW 530i

Starting at $52,400 MSRP

Comparison: 2017 Lexus LS 460 vs 2017 BMW 740i

Comparison: 2017 Lexus LS 460 vs 2017 BMW 740i

Subtlety is a refreshing quality in the City of Angels, which is why we see so many Los Angeles drivers looking for a luxury sedan with understated beauty and comfort above flashy styling and gimmicks. These drivers know that Lexus is the automaker for sophisticates with a taste for performance.

That’s not to say we don’t have competition, and sometimes it can be hard to choose among competitive segments. As such, we’ve put together a one-to-one comparison of two of the best luxury sedans on the market, the 2017 Lexus LS 460 and the 2017 BMW 740i. Read on to see which is the better choice for you:

Features

Lexus LS 460

The LS comes with a bevy of standard features, including SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, Drive Mode Select, power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control with smog sensor and air filtration, backup camera, and LED daytime running lights. Additionally, all models have a Navigation System with Remote Touch, Lexus Enform App Suite with 12.3-inch display, subscription-free traffic and weather, HD Radio, Siri Eyes Free, and Bluetooth and USB connectivity. You also have the option to add a heated steering wheel and Mark Levinson 19-speaker Surround Sound Audio System with 7.1-channel architecture and DVD/CD player.

Also available are heated seating, power rear sunshade, power trunk, semi-aniline leather trim, four-zone climate control, and Rear-Seat Entertainment System with Blu-ray Disc and DVD player, 9-inch screens, and wireless headphones.

BMW 740i

The 2017 740i has standard Display Key with LCD touchscreen, four-zone climate control, two-panel moonroof, and rearview camera. It also has a Harman Kardon Surround Sound Audio System, Sirius XM Radio, HD Radio with multicast FM station reception, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, real-time traffic, and iDrive 6.0 with touchscreen and touchpad controller.

Drivers have the option to add a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound audio system with 16 speakers and panoramic moonroof with LED accent.

Safety

Lexus LS 460

The 2017 LS comes available with the Advanced Pre-Collision System Package, which includes Pre-Collision System with All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Active Pedestrian Detection System with infrared and stereo-camera technology, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Attention Monitor with closed-eye detection, and Low-Speed Collision Avoidance Assist. This model also has available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, LED headlamps with washers, and intelligent high-beams.

BMW 740i

The 740i has a rearview camera and ample safety and security features, similar to the LS, but active driver assistance tech is available only on upper trim levels within the 7 Series, which come at prices well above the LS. The 7 Series is available with cruise control with stop-and-go, blind spot detection, frontal collision warning, lane departure assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and 3D surround-view cameras.

Engine

Lexus LS 460

The LS 460 is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Rear wheel drive models make 386 horsepower and 367 lb-ft of torque, while all-wheel drive models make 360 horsepower and 347 lb-ft of torque.

BMW 740i

The 2017 BMW 740i has a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-6 engine with 8-speed automatic transmission, making 320 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. This model is also available with rear- or all-wheel drive.

Pricing

Lexus LS 460

Starting at $72,520 MSRP

BMW 740i

Starting at $81,500 MSRP

Comparison Lexus RC200t vs BMW 2 Series

Lexus Rc200t vs BMW 2 Series

If you’re in the market for a two-door luxury coupe, practicality probably isn’t a major concern. These cars are not built for passenger accommodation or cargo space, but rather performance and styling.

Coupes are all about the driving experience. They’re about style and performance. And if you want to get from A to B in style, then the Lexus RC200t or the BMW 2 Series might be exactly the car you’ve been looking for.

But how do the two cars compare? Let’s take a look.

Safety

Lexus RC200t
We’re all for traveling in style, but it’s also nice to have the reassurance that you can put the pedal to the metal without compromising safety.

The Lexus RC200t has received the 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, passing all crash tests with flying colors.

The RC200t features the usual bevy of Lexus safety features. Standard items include LED headlamps and LED daytime running lights, an advanced braking system, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System with sport mode, Enform Safety Connect, backup camera with dynamic gridlines, eight airbags, rigid body structure with crumple zones, Hill-start Assist Control, LED taillamps, and Smart Stop technology. The safety-conscious can also opt to add a Pre-Collision System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Intuitive Parking Assist, Blind Spot Monitor with Cross-Traffic Alert, rain-sensing wipers, windshield wiper de-icer and headlamp washers.

BMW 2 Series
Much like the RC200t, the BMW 2 Series was the recipient of Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, getting the best possible scores in all crash tests.

Its safety features are also robust. The 2 Series comes with anti-lock braking system (ABS), engine immobilizer, airbags, front safety belts with automatic pre-tensioners, Coded Driveway Protection, impact sensor, programmable daytime running lights, Tire Pressure Monitor, Anti-theft alarm system, and BMW Assist eCall™ with Emergency Request and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification.

Features

Lexus RC200t
Luxury two-door coupes are for those who want to have fun on the road, and if that’s what you’re looking for in a car, the RC200t won’t disappoint.

Standard entertainment features include Siri® Eyes Free, subscription-free traffic and weather, Bluetooth audio technology, HD Radio™ with iTunes® Tagging and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio.

The RC200t’s optional features aren’t anything to sneeze at, either. You can opt to add the Enform App Suite, voice command, Fuel Guide, Sports and Stocks, Navigation System with Voice Activation, and a Mark Levinson® surround sound audio system if entertainment is your thing.

But if that still isn’t enough fun, the F Sport models come with a lot of extras, such as the LFA-inspired digital instrumentation, Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), Sport S+ driving mode, drive mode select, as well as G-Force and Turbo-Boost Displays.
The base model interior features a leather trim with NuLuxe seating, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, dual-zone climate control with smog sensor, Personalized Settings, electrochromic inside mirror with compass, ambient lighting, and illuminated door handles.

F Sport models come with badged steering wheel and shift knob, bolstered seats, sport exterior styling, as well as heated and ventilated front seats.

BMW 2 Series
Shoppers looking at the BMW 2 Series will notice the base model lack the maby standard featres found in the RC 200t. The 2 Series interior features SensaTec vinyl upholstery, high-gloss black plastic trim, as well as eight-way manual adjustable front sport seats.

As far as entertainment is concerned, the 2 Series comes with a HiFi sound system and Radio Data System (RDS), HD Radio™ with multicast FM reception, pre-wiring for SiriusXM® Satellite Radio Tuner, Bluetooth technology, and iDrive with and a 6.5-inch display.

Outside, you’ll find Y-Spoke alloy wheels, halogen free-form front fog lights, chrome-line exterior-trim and sport kidney grille.

Fuel Economy

Lexus RC200t
22 MPG city / 32 MPG highway / 26 MPG combined

BMW 2 Series
23 MPG city / 35 MPG highway / 27 MPG combined

Pricing

Lexus RC200t
Base: starting at $39,995 MSRP
Sport Model – RC 300 F Sport: starting at $46,310 MSRP

BMW 2 Series
Base: starting at $32,850 MSRP
Sport Model – M240i xDrive Coupe: starting at $46,150 MSRP

Comparison: The Lexus RX vs. BMW X5

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Safety

Lexus RX

In 2016 the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 Lexus RX best possible scores in all crash tests, including small and moderate overlap, side, roof strength, and head restraint and seats. It’s crash mitigation system also received superior scores. The 2016 RX earned the title of Top Safety Pick, as one of the best rated Luxury SUVs, from the organization.

The Lexus crossover comes standard with electronic stability control, traction control, anti-theft system, and a 10-standard airbag system, covering driver, passenger, side and rear. Additionally, the RX comes with child safety locks and road-side assistance.

Premium safety options include pre-collision safety system with pedestrian detection, panoramic view monitor, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect.

BMW X5
The 2016 X5 has not been fully evaluated by the IIHS, but it received good scores in tests for moderate front overlap and side crash.

The X5 comes standard with an airbag system, seatbelts, child safety locks and HID headlamps. Also, drivers can benefit from traction control, security system, electronic stability control and rear-view parking assistance.

Premium options on the all-new X5 include night vision and a backup camera.

Features

Lexus RX
Standard on the 2016 Lexus RX is cruise control, auto-off headlamps, keyless start, universal garage door opener, climate control and privacy glass. The all-new RX also comes with an impressive standard entertainment system for the serious listener, whether it’s Bach or Beyonce.

For the latest and greatest in technology, drivers may also opt for the Lexus Enform App Suite, voice command, Mark Levinson® Premium Surround System, deluxe navigation and dual-screen rear entertainment system.

Drivers can also get a luggage rack, sun and moon roof and trailer hitch receiver on premium models of the RX.

BMW X5
The crossover from BMW offers standard intermittent wipers with variable speed, rain-sensing wipers, heated mirrors with memory, rear parking aid, universal garage door opener, navigation and a power liftgate. For entertainment, drivers can enjoy AM/FM radio, CD player and a Bang and Olufsen sound system, for an upcharge.

Premium models of the X5 may also come with rear-seat entertainment system, heated driver seat, leather seats, and a sunroof.

Fuel Economy

Lexus RX
RX 350: (city 20 / highway 28)*
RX 450h: (city 31 / highway 30)*

BMW X5
X5 xDrive35i: (city 18 / highway 24)
X5 xDrive50i: (city 15 / highway 21)

Pricing

Lexus RX
RX 350: starting at $41,900 MSRP**
RX 450h: starting at $52,235 MSRP**

BMW X5
X5 xDrive35i: starting at $57,000
X5 xDrive50i: starting at $71,500

*2016 EPA-estimated ratings. Actual mileage will vary.
**MSRP does not include delivery, processing and handling fee of $950. Excludes taxes, title, license and optional equipment. Dealer price will vary. Does not include accessory options installed by dealer.