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    Comparison: 2018 Lexus RX 450h vs. 2018 Audi Q5

    Drivers who want a luxury mid-size SUV that’s comfortable and luxe for the whole family may want to know how the 2018 Lexus RX 450h compares to the 2018 Audi Q5.

    Both models offer an array of features and have impressive performance specs, so check out our comparison below and then visit us in San Jose for a test drive.


    Lexus RX 450h

    The 2018 Lexus RX 450h features a 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V6 engine combined with an electric motor, mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission with standard all-wheel drive. The hybrid system makes a net 308 horsepower and goes from zero to 60 in 7.9 seconds.

    The RX 450h comes with the option for the F Sport package, which adds paddle shifters, sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension with Sport+ mode, sport-tuned Electronic Power Steering, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management, and specially crafted interior and exterior styling features. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the 2018 Lexus RX 450h gets 31 MPG city, 28 MPG highway, and 30 MPG combined.

    Audi Q5

    The Q5 comes with a 2.0-liter inline-4 as its standard engine paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. The SQ5 upgrades to a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with peak performance measured at 354 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive.

    Safety and Technology

    Lexus RX 450h

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Lexus RX a 2018 Top Safety Pick and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating. Most Lexus models, including the RX hybrid, come equipped standard with the Lexus Safety System +, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beams, and Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist. Individual options include a Blind Spot Monitor with Intuitive Parking Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Braking, Panoramic View Monitor, and Heads-Up Display.

    Audi Q5

    The base Q5 comes standard with power-operated front seats, power windows and locks, a proximity key, leather seats, xenon headlights, roof rack, and lower speed emergency braking. The Premium Plus model adds a power panoramic moonroof, LED headlights, blind-spot monitors, and automatic braking when in reverse. The Prestige model gives the consumer true luxury with 20-inch alloy wheels, Audi Virtual Cockpit (a 12.3-inch display screen that displays digital gauges, Google Earth navigation, and audio controls.


    Lexus RX 450h starts at $45,695 MSRP

    Audi Q5 starts at $ 41,500 MSRP

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