Comparison: 2017 Lexus NX Turbo vs 2017 Infiniti QX30

Comparison: 2017 Lexus NX Turbo vs 2017 Infiniti QX30
Angelenos looking for the perfect blend of luxury and utility often come to Lexus looking for their next ride. But, like any smart consumer, they like to do their homework, so we get a lot of questions about how small SUVs like the NX compare to models by other automakers.

When you compare the 2017 Lexus NX Turbo to the 2017 Infiniti QX30, you’ll see some objective similarities and subjective differences. However, when looking at performance and safety, you’ll see some cut-and-dry distinctions that give the NX Turbo an edge.

Read on to find out why Lexus continues to be a favorite in Los Angeles:

Performance

Lexus NX Turbo

Under the hood, the NX Turbo has a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that churns out 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission, and it comes standard with front-wheel drive and available with all-wheel drive. When you test drive a model, you’ll notice a smooth, powerful drive thanks to a turbocharger built into the exhaust manifold, resulting in minimal lag. According to EPA estimates, the 2017 NX Turbo gets 22 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.

Infiniti QX30

The 2017 QX30 also has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, but instead of a smooth-shifting CVT it features a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that reviewers have reported feels a bit unrefined. The powertrain makes 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, making it less powerful than the NX Turbo. However, it does have a slight edge in fuel economy, getting 24 MPG city and 33 MPG highway for front-wheel drive models. All-wheel drive models get 21 MPG city and 30 MPG highway.

Safety

Lexus NX Turbo

The 2017 NX earned accolades from both major safety organizations, making it a wise choice for any driver, but especially for families. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+ after it earned perfect scores across all categories. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

The NX Turbo comes standard with a backup camera, eight airbags, Vehicle Stability Control, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect. It’s available with triple-beam LED headlamps, Lane Departure Alert, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, heated exterior mirrors, Intuitive Parking Assist, Pre-Collision System, and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Infiniti QX30

Unfortunately, the 2017 QX30 has not been evaluated by either the NHTSA or the IIHS.
The QX30 comes standard with a RearView Monitor, and has available LED headlights. The Technology Packaged adds Around View Monitor, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Park Assist, and High Beam Assist.

Pricing

Lexus NX Turbo

Starting at $35,285 MSRP

Infiniti QX30

Starting at $29,950 MSRP

REVIEW: 2016 LEXUS NX

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With an envy-inducing balance of style, technology, and turbocharged power, the amazingly well-rounded 2016 Lexus NX sets a new standard for the luxury compact SUV category.

After debuting last year, the NX lineup forges forward in 2016 confidently maintaining the stunning-looking, fun-driving and impressively roomy reputation that made it one of the most popular crossovers on the market.

Safety Features

Engineered to meet the highest safety standards, the new Lexus NX delivers in spades by landing an IIHS 2016 Top Safety Pick+ and perfect scores in NHTSA’s side crash tests.

Each NX model comes standard with eight airbags and a rear-view camera as well as a range of optional active and driver assistance safety features to ensure peace of mind for every situation. These include dynamic cruise control, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic and lane-departure alerts as well as an intuitive pre-collision system with autonomous braking.

Styling

Combining exquisite craftsmanship with exceptional comfort, the inside of the NX is as awe-inspiring at the outside. Perforated leather trim and a heated leather-trimmed steering wheel are just a few of the available amenities that help to add a personalized touch. Modern style meets refined luxury.

The interior cabin design maximizes comfort for everyone. Passengers enjoy the ample legroom offered by the stadium-like rear seats while available heated and ventilated front seats provide for a more individualized level of temperature control.

Technology

At the heart of the NX is the Lexus Enform suite of apps and connected services. Available through your vehicle’s center-console display, the tech-centric design will enhance your overall experience behind the wheel. 24-hour navigation assistance, app-integration and instant connection to emergency services are just a few of the features offered free for the first year of ownership.

And if that’s not enough to satisfy your tech cravings, the seven-inch high-resolution multimedia display, Remote Touchpad and Enhanced Bluetooth technology should help do the trick.

Price

Lexus offers three versions of the NX available as either front-wheel or all-wheel-drive: the NX 200t, with a turbocharged 255- horsepower four-cylinder engine; the NX 300h, a fuel-minded 194 horsepower hybrid; and the NX Turbo F Sport.

NX 200t
Starting at $34,965

NX 300h
Starting at $39,720

NX 200t F SPORT
Starting at $37,065