Comparison: 2018 Lexus NX 300 vs 2018 Infiniti QX30
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 10:23AM
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Comparison: 2018 Lexus NX 300 vs 2018 Infiniti QX30

San Jose drivers shopping for a new luxury crossover usually want to know how Lexus models compare to the high-end competition. For those doing their homework, we’re here to help you out.

Below, we’ll compare the 2018 Lexus NX 300 to the 2018 Infiniti QX30, looking at objective factors like specs and third-party safety ratings.

See which luxury crossover comes out ahead, then visit us in San Jose for a test drive of the NX 300:

Safety Ratings and Tech

Lexus NX 300

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 NX 300 a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating and has not reported any recalls, complaints, or investigations. Also, the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the NX a 2018 Top Safety Pick, awarding it perfect scores in all crash tests and systems evaluations.

Each model of the 2018 NX comes equipped with the Lexus Safety System+ (Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps) as well as a backup camera, Vehicle Stability Control, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect. Options include premium triple-beam LED headlamps, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Intuitive Park Assist with Automatic Braking, and a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (included with Comfort Package).

Infiniti QX30

While the NHTSA hasn’t rated the QX30, the federal organization has reported at least one complaint related to the crossover's structure and one recall due to inadvertent driver airbag deployment. The complaint, which has not resulted in any injury, states that the rear door doesn't latch properly. The QX30IIHS has not rated the 2018 QX30.

The 2018 QX30 comes standard with Brake Assist, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a rearview camera, but if you want to add any other safety equipment, you’ll need to upgrade. Available safety features include front and rear parking sensors, an Around View Monitor, Intelligent Park Assist, Blind Spot Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, and Lane Departure Warning.

Performance and Cargo Specs

Lexus NX 300

The NX 300 has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine mated to a 6-speed electronically controlled transmission, with available all-wheel drive. The capable powertrain makes 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The NX is also available with a hybrid engine.

Behind the rear seats, the NX 300 has 17.7 cubic feet of space, and when all seats are folded you get 54.6 cubes, so the NX is a convenient and practical choice for drivers in San Jose.

Infiniti QX30

The 2018 QX30 has a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The powertrain makes 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The Infiniti crossover is not available as a hybrid model.

The QX30 features comparable cargo space behind the rear seats, with 19.2 cubes. But while folding the second row gives you more room to stow luggage and equipment, it has maximum capacity of 34 cubic feet – more than 20 cubes less than the NX.

With poorer safety ratings and less horsepower and cargo space than the NX, the QX30 has some work to do if it wants to compete with Lexus. Visit us today for a test drive.


Lexus NX 300

Starting at $35,985 MSRP

Infiniti QX30

Starting at $29,950 MSRP

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