2021 BMW X3

2021 BMW X3

2021 Lexus NX

2021 Lexus NX

2021 BMW X3 vs. 2021 Lexus NX


When designing the 2021 BMW X3, BMW engineers were going for a sporty SUV that is both fun to drive as well as highly functional. The 2021 BMW X3 represents the best of that effort. The 2021 X3 looks great and offers passengers a comfortable interior. Cabin space is generous as is cargo space at the rear. This excellent functionality does not negate the fact that this nimble SUV offers a thrilling ride in quiet elegance.

For the 2021 Lexus NX, buyers get an SUV that rides significantly higher than most other crossovers in its category. Lexus may have done this to deal with earlier complaints about cabin space. If that is the case, they have merely created another problem as the 2021 NX handles terribly.

Let us look at these two vehicles side by side and see how they compare against each other.

Design & Style

The 2021 X3 is well styled and its plush interior is full of luxury features. The 2021 X3 is one of the few SUVs in this category of compact SUVs that has reclining back seats. It is also covered with premium materials and the overall feel is that of an upscale SUV. The sporty stance, as well as the wide wheel arches, add to the attractive design of the 2021 X3.

When it comes to the 2021 Lexus NX, you get a roomy cabin that is fairly decked out with premium materials. Even with the raised profile, the 2021 NX is still a little cramped, especially in the rear seat. The instrument panel is a little cluttered as well although most drivers are likely to get used to this after some time.

Technology & Safety

Given that the 2021 BMW X3 comes with a 10.3-inch display on its base model, it is clear that this is a car that is well ahead of other compact SUVs in its category. The 2021 X3’s infotainment system is powered by BMW’s iDrive which delivers a crisp performance. Other tech features that come as standard in the 2021 X3 include Bluetooth connectivity among others.

When it comes to tech and safety features, the 2020 Lexus NX also falls short of the 2021 BMW X3. Its base model features a smaller 8.8-inch infotainment screen and those who want more have to cough up some more cash.


The 2021 BMW X3 is powered by a 2-liter turbocharged engine that delivers an amazing ride. The suspension also offers a refined ride, even when driving the 2021 X3 over uneven terrain. The engine is also silent as well thanks partly to the well-insulated cabin.

The 2021 NX is similarly powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that delivers a fairly decent ride. The problem is that due to its raised profile, the 2021 NX lumbers around corners and struggles to deliver a ride-quality that is anywhere near that of the 2021 X3.

The Bottom Line

While the 2021 NX and the 2021 X3 should be close competitors, the reality is that the 2021 BMW X3 is a much better car in all ways. From styling to ride quality, the 2021 X3 wins this comparison easily.

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