2017 Lexus NX vs. 2017 Toyota Highlander
If you are looking for a capable people-hauler, the 2017 Toyota Highlander might seem like a logical choice. It has a long pedigree of satisfaction, it can carry up to eight passengers, and it looks good doing it. If you don’t quite need all of the overhead that the Highlander provides but are looking for a luxurious SUV that has a reputation for quality and style, consider the 2017 Lexus NX as a potential alternative.
Interior & Design
While it is difficult to make an objective comparison between the 2017 Toyota Highlander and the 2017 Lexus NX based on their respective sizes, the NX is observably more svelte in terms of profile and proportions. The Lexus NX looks smoother and more sophisticated both inside and out, thanks to Lexus’ exceptional attention to detail. Only the Lexus NX is available with the F SPORT Package, which makes daily drives feel more like track day thanks to features like aluminum pedals, F SPORT-badged steering wheel, perforated leather-trimmed shift knob, black headliner, and red contrast stitching throughout the interior. The F SPORT Package adds a number of distinctive exterior styling cues as well, including unique badging and grilles and a bolder front bumper.
Technology & Safety
The 2017 Toyota Highlander is regarded as one of the safest vehicles in its class, earning a five-star score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Despite being smaller, the 2017 Lexus NX earns the same scores as the Highlander, including a four-star frontal crash test rating, five-star side crash test rating, and four-star rollover test rating. The 2017 Lexus NX also joins the 2017 Toyota Highlander as having the distinction of having earned the IIHS’s TOP SAFETY PICK+ ranking. The 2017 Lexus NX earns high marks with its optional front crash prevention technology—including Pre-Collision System and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert—as well as with optional full-LED triple-beam projector headlamps. With regards to technology, the Lexus NX offers a Remote Touchpad that allows for easier access of in-vehicle features and available Lexus Enform Destinations; Lexus Enform App Suite; one year of complimentary Lexus Enform Service Connect; and the Lexus Enform Remote mobile app.
The base engine for the 2017 Highlander LE with FWD is a 2.7-liter I4 that generates 185 horsepower and returns an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy of 22 mpg. The 2017 Lexus NX, on the other hand, comes standard with a 235-horsepower 2.0-liter I4 that returns an EPA-estimated 25 mpg and climbs from 0-60 in 7.2 seconds. Because the 2017 NX is a smaller SUV, it is also nimbler, an advantage that is exploited whether choosing standard FWD or available AWD. With the NX F SPORT, Lexus adds a performance-tuned suspension that includes MacPherson struts up front, double-wishbone design in the rear, and performance dampers on both ends to read the road better than any SUV you have ever driven before.
The Toyota Highlander is an exceptional choice if you demand a mid-size SUV that can seat up to eight, but if you want something that’s a bit more compact and nimble without sacrificing power or utility and piles on plenty of luxury amenities, consider the 2017 Lexus NX instead. It is more liable to turn heads as you drive past, and if you enjoy hitting the track on weekends, the NX F SPORT is up to handling the task. If you are prepared to make the leap from middle-of-the-road to the head of the class, view our 2017 Lexus NX inventory and then schedule your test drive at our Central Florida Lexus dealership.
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