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    Jul262017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus RX 350 vs 2017 Audi Q5

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus RX 350 vs 2017 Audi Q5

    San Jose drivers have high expectations, so it’s our goal to meet them. While you may think that all luxury SUVs are created equal, you’d be surprised at the models that fall well below what you’d expect in the segment.

    For instance, when you compare the 2017 Lexus RX 350 to the 2017 Audi Q5, you’ll notice some substantial differences in power, gas mileage, and safety features that tip the scale. To see which ute comes out ahead, read our full comparison:

    Performance

    Lexus RX 350

    Lexus engineers know how to craft a powerful engine that doesn’t sacrifice fuel economy. The 2017 RX 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, making 295 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive models get you from zero to 60 in 7.7 seconds, while all-wheel drive models add just 0.2 seconds.

    According to EPA estimates, the RX 350 FWD gets 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, and AWD models get 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.

    Audi Q5

    The Q5 comes with three engine options: a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, and two versions of a 3.0-liter supercharged V6; all mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The base powertrain makes 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the latter two make 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque and 354 horsepower and 346 lb-ft of torque, respectively.

    The EPA estimates that the base Q5 gets 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, while the V6 models lose efficiency in the name of power. The less powerful V6 gets 18 MPG city and 26 MPG highway, while the more powerful version gets 17 MPG city and 24 MPG highway.

    Safety

    Lexus RX 350

    The 2017 RX 350 was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as it received best-possible scores in all categories. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a 5-Star Overall Rating.

    San Jose drivers will love the standard tech on the RX 350, which includes a full suite of driver assistance features. All models come equipped with the Lexus Safety System+, featuring a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Keep Assist, and intelligent high beams. This SUV also includes a backup camera, Bi-LED headlamps, LED fog lamps, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect.

    Audi Q5

    While the 2017 Q5 was also named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, it only earned a 4-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA.

    Although the Audi is solidly in the luxury segment, it lacks many of the driver assistance features that you would expect in a pricey SUV. The 2017 Q5 is not available with a pre-collision system, autonomous braking, or lane-departure warning or assistance.

    Pricing

    Lexus RX 350

    Starting at $43,120 MSRP

    Audi Q5

    Starting at $40,900 MSRP

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