2021 Lexus NX vs Toyota RAV4

Your adventures around Lubbock, Amarillo, and Midland, TX, likely require a bit of size, strength, and style. You can have all that and more with ease in either the Lexus NX or Toyota RAV4.

But which of these intelligent SUVs is the right ride for you? To help inform your decision, our team at Cavender Lexus of Lubbock has compiled this detailed 2021 Lexus NX vs. Toyota RAV4 comparison below.

Read on, find the right fit, and contact us with any questions along the way!

 Lexus NX vs Toyota RAV4 Quick Facts

Standard Feature

Lexus NX

Toyota RAV4


Turbo 2.0L 4-cylinder

2.5L 4-cylinder

Max Horsepower



Max Torque

285 lb-ft

184 lb-ft

Driver-Assist System

Lexus Safety System+ 2.0

Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0

Central Touchscreen Display Size



NX vs RAV4: Performance & Capability

A major highlight of these two competing SUVs is undoubtedly the power of their performance and all their intelligent capability.

To better understand where the power of each comes from, we have to take a trip under the hood. For the Toyota RAV4, you're fueled forward with a 2.5L Dynamic Force 4-cylinder engine that churns out 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.

With the Lexus NX, you'll have more options and a bit more force as well. Depending on the trim level you choose, you'll have either a turbo 2.0L 4-cylinder engine or a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. In the latter, you'll have up to 194 horsepower. For added power, however, you'll have to turn to the former, which achieves up to 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.

Providing the smoothest drive possible, both SUVs also come standard with several selectable drive modes. With ECO, normal, and sport modes in each, these SUVs are fit to adjust to the type of ride each adventure calls for.  

NX vs RAV4: Interior & Technology

When you climb inside the Lexus NX and Toyota RAV4, you'll really start to see what sets these SUVs apart. NX is designed to exude a sense of luxury, with unique features such as perforated leather or NuLuxe® interior trim.

While the Toyota RAV4 isn't necessarily classified as a luxury vehicle like the Lexus NX, the two do share a fair amount of interior features. Helping you and your crew get comfortable inside each SUV are shared features like power-adjustable and heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and spacious 5-passenger seating.

In the way of interior technology, the two once again share several features. Most of their infotainment and technology amenities run through intelligent touchscreen displays. In the Lexus NX, you'll have a bit of a better view with the available 10.3-inch color display. In the RAV4, the central touchscreen size maxes out at eight inches.

Some other shared tech features in both SUVs include:

  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Android Auto™
  • Amazon® Alexa Compatibility
  • Bluetooth® Connectivity
  • Integrated Wi-Fi® Hotspot

Both also offer premium audio systems for crisp and clear audio on all your favorite songs, albums, or podcasts. For much better sound, though, you'll want to go with the available Mark Levinson® 14-speaker surround sound system of the Lexus NX. The available JBL® sound system of the Toyota RAV4, on the other hand, only offers 11 speakers.

NX vs RAV4: Safety & Driver Assistance

Managing what's really important in the 2021 Lexus NX and Toyota RAV4 are their advanced safety and driver assistance systems. Once again, each provides similarly excellent standard safety to watch after you and your passengers.

In both the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 and Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 system, you can expect similar driver assistance technology, including features like:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Tracing Assist
  • Road Sign Assist
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Intelligent Automatic High Beams
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

Both SUVs also help you keep an eye on your surroundings with standard backup cameras and available surround-view monitors like the Lexus NX's panoramic view monitor and the RAV4's Bird's Eye View Camera.

Even with their size, you won't have any issue pulling into tight parking spots either, as intuitive park-assist systems are available with both.

2021 Lexus NX vs Toyota RAV4: Finding the Right Fit

So, with all this in mind, which SUV is right for you. At Cavender Lexus of Lubbock, we believe the advanced performance, intelligent technology, and intuitive safety of the Lexus NX make it hard to pass on.

To see if the 2021 Lexus NX is right for you, contact or visit us to schedule a test drive around Lubbock, Amarillo, and Midland, Texas, today!

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