Some of the sore spots on the RX include its clunky infotainment system, its relatively small-for-its-class cargo area, and its everyday handling.
The RX comes in a few versions. The RX 350 carries a 3.5-liter V-6 with 308 horsepower. Optionally, buyers can go with this hybrid model that pairs a 3.5-liter engine with an electric motor to produce 295 horsepower. The latter really excels in fuel economy for its class at up to 30 mpg combined.
With a starting price of just $43,120, the RX delivers plenty of value, but it does get dangerously close to the top-rated Q7, which could make it a tough choice for some buyers.
Rounding out our list is yet another Lexus, but this time it’s the smaller NX. This small people hauler has a handful of great features, including its smooth transmission, above average everyday handling and braking, and intuitive climate control system.
Unfortunately, it also struggles in plenty of areas, including its awful infotainment interface, average ride, sub-par driving position, and tight cargo area.
The NX has two powertrain options. The base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 235 horsepower. Buyers seeking more thriftiness can swap this for a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid powertrain that it shares with the RAV4 Hybrid. This hybrid powertrain injects 194 horsepower and delivers up to 31 mpg combined.
With a starting price of just $35,985, the NX is a decent value, especially with its turbocharged four-cylinder, but it may be a justifiable premium over the Audi Q3.