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2021 Ford Explorer vs. 2021 Lexus NX 300h Review

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2021 Ford
Explorer

MSRP*: $32,925 to $54,600
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2021 Lexus
NX 300h

MSRP*: $40,160 to $46,910
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Invoice* $31,938 to $52,416 $37,751 to $44,096
MPG - City 18 - 23 MPG 33 MPG
MPG - Hwy 24 - 28 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 6 - 7 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 87.8 ft3 53.6 ft3
Engine 3.3-liter V-6 (regular gas), Inline-4, V-6 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual, Automatic Auto Manual
Drivetrain Four-wheel, Rear-wheel All-wheel
Horsepower 300 - 400 hp 154 hp
Towing Capacity 5,300 - 5,600 lbs 1,500 lbs
Exterior Length 198.8 in 182.7 in
Exterior Width 78.9 in 73.6 in
Leg Room Front 43.0 in
Rear 39.0 in
Front 42.8 in
Rear 36.1 in
Head Room Front 40.7 in
Rear 40.5 in
Front 37.4 - 38.2 in
Rear 38.0 - 38.1 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**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 Ford Explorer than in the Lexus NX 300h. The Ford Explorer will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Lexus NX 300h.

Convenience
The Ford Explorer requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Lexus NX 300h, making it more convenient to drive.

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). When looking only at MSRP, the Ford Explorer will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Lexus NX 300h. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the Ford Explorer is much higher than that for the Lexus NX 300h.

Dimensions
Since the Ford Explorer is much wider than the Lexus NX 300h, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Ford Explorer, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Lexus NX 300h.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the Ford Explorer is clearly the choice over the Lexus NX 300h for pulling heavy loads. When it comes to horsepower, the Ford Explorer greatly out-muscles the Lexus NX 300h.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the Ford Explorer does a much better job of transmitting its engine's horsepower to its wheels than the Lexus NX 300h.

Utility
The Ford Explorer offers greater seating capacity than the Lexus NX 300h, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. With the Ford Explorer, you'll be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Lexus NX 300h.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Ford Explorer is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Lexus NX 300h.