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2021 BMW X3 PHEV vs. 2021 Lexus RX 350L Review

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2021 BMW
X3 PHEV

MSRP*: $49,600
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2021 Lexus
RX 350L

MSRP*: $48,050 to $55,450
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Invoice* $46,630 $44,928 to $51,847
MPG - City Info not available 18 - 19 MPG
MPG - Hwy Info not available 25 - 26 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 6 seats
Cargo Space 59.4 ft3 58.5 ft3
Engine 288-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Plug-In Electric/Gas) 290-hp, 3.5-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 8-Speed A/T 8-Speed A/T
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 288 hp 290 hp
Exterior Length 185.9 in 196.9 in
Exterior Width 74.4 in 74.6 in
Leg Room Front 40.3 in
Rear 36.4 in
Front 41.4 in
Rear 30.9 in
Head Room Front 41.1 in
Rear 39.1 in
Front 38.7 - 39.8 in
Rear 37.9 - 38.5 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Info not available ****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available ****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the BMW X3 PHEV than in the Lexus RX 350L. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the BMW X3 PHEV and the Lexus RX 350L.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Whether you pick the BMW X3 PHEV or the Lexus RX 350L, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. Both the BMW X3 PHEV and the Lexus RX 350L have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The BMW X3 PHEV is about the same width as the Lexus RX 350L. If you go with the BMW X3 PHEV, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Lexus RX 350L.

Handling
The BMW X3 PHEV has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Lexus RX 350L, allowing you to much more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the BMW X3 PHEV and the Lexus RX 350L.

Powertrain
The BMW X3 PHEV has much lower torque than the Lexus RX 350L, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
The BMW X3 PHEV has less seating than the Lexus RX 350L, making the Lexus RX 350L the better choice, if you need to chauffeur many passengers. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries in the BMW X3 PHEV as you will in the Lexus RX 350L.

Warranty
The BMW X3 PHEV comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Lexus RX 350L.