Is the Lexus UX Bigger Than the NX?

Lexus should be on your short-list if you’re looking for a reliable luxury SUV. You may be familiar with Lexus’ larger SUVs, but the brand has expanded its smaller crossover lineup as well. There’s the best-selling NX and the relatively new UX. One question we’re asked: is the Lexus UX bigger than the NX?

Sizing up the Lexus UX and NX

The Lexus UX is the brand's entry-level luxury SUV.
Lexus UX | Lexus

The UX and NX are both small SUVs that can seat up to five. However, the NX is a compact SUV, and the UX is a subcompact one. The main benefits of subcompact SUVs like the UX are that they are taller alternatives to traditional sedans and are still good on fuel economy.

2020 Lexus NX 300h parked near the mountains and lots of trees
2020 Lexus NX 300h | Lexus

Subcompact SUVs are generally cheaper too. On the other hand, you’ll want to go with the larger NX for more interior space. Here’s what’s new with these models for 2021.

Why does the 2021 Lexus UX have to offer?

The Lexus UX is the brand's entry-level luxury SUV.
Lexus UX | Lexus

The Lexus UX isn’t a standout in its class when it comes to agility. That said, the UX is a worthy option if you’re looking for an entry-level SUV. As Kelley Blue Book notes, the UX is the least expensive way for you to get a Lexus crossover and starts at $32,900.  

A 169-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine linked to a continuously variable automatic transmission powers the UX. The UX gets points for its smooth ride quality and fuel economy. It has an EPA rating of 33 mpg. For an even more fuel-efficient option, you’ll want to consider the hybridized UX. 

The UX's back row with tan leather seats.
Lexus UX inteiro | Lexus

As we mentioned earlier, the UX isn’t the most spacious, but it provides a comfortable interior. This five-seater comes standard with faux leather. The UX also pleases with its in-car tech. 

Standard infotainment includes a 7-inch display screen, a wifi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Plus, it also comes with a long list of safety gadgets. These include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and traffic sign recognition. The only downside here is that the UX’s infotainment system isn’t the most user-friendly. 

What about the 2021 Lexus NX?

A white 2020 Lexus NX driving down city streets.
2020 Lexus NX | Lexus

The NX is also a good choice if you value fuel efficiency with an EPA rating of 25 overall. Furthermore, the NX is available as a hybrid, too. And like the UX, the NX flaunts a chic interior and lots of infotainment features and advanced safety equipment. Once again, the drawback is that Lexus’ infotainment system is still pretty frustrating. But on the bright side, the NX will also keep you connected on the road with apps such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

The Lexus NX interior in Roja Red.
Lexus NX interior | Lexus

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Lexus’ NX is another excellent option for those who prefer a practical, upscale driving experience. This Lexus features a 235-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder paired with a six-speed automatic. Many critics say that the NX isn’t as thrilling compared to some of its classmates. But personally speaking, the NX provides a remarkably refined driving experience that will make your everyday rides more enjoyable.