BMW X3 vs Lexus RX

BMW X3 vs Lexus RX

A comparison of the BMW X3 and Lexus RX is a matchup of two vehicles that provide comfortable transportation for everyone inside. Their designation, however, indicates how the X3 separates itself from the RX.

While the Lexus is an SUV, the X3 is an SAV®. A Sports Activity Vehicle®, the X3 lets drivers embrace a dynamic lifestyle every day.

The team at BMW of Stratham has drafted a comparison of the two vehicles for drivers near Stratham, Portsmouth, and Exeter, New Hampshire. Continue reading to learn more or skip to browsing our X3 inventory online.

BMW X3 vs Lexus RX: Performance

BMW X3 vs Lexus RXBoth vehicles offer drivers the ability to get where they need to go. Which one can get you there faster?

Inside each Lexus RX trim is a 3.5L V6 engine. The unit tops out at a capable 295 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque. When you hit the accelerator, the standard trim can go from 0 to 60 MPH in 7.7 seconds.

The BMW X3 M40i, however, smokes these figures across the board. This available trim is powered by a 3.0L BMW M TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine. Its muscular performance achieves 382 horsepower and 368 lb-ft torque.


Lexus RX


Maximum Horsepower


368 lb-ft

Maximum Torque

268 lb-ft

25 city/29 highway*


Standard MPG

20 city/27 highway

4.4 seconds

0-60 MPH

7.7 seconds

The BMW X3 M40i packs extra power and crosses the finish line first. This sleek vehicle goes from 0 to 60 MPH in a crisp 4.4 seconds.

BMW X3 vs Lexus RX: Superior Interior

Both vehicles offer a comfortable interior. The Lexus RX provides drivers with NuLuxe® interior trim, power-adjustable front seats, and dual-zone climate control with interior air filter.

The standard trim of the new BMW X3, the sDrive30i, welcomes you with:

  • SensaTec upholstery
  • Automatic 3-zone climate control
  • Power front sport seats

Which standard stereo provides the best quality sound? The base stereo system in the Lexus RX is the Lexus 9-speaker Premium Audio System.

The sDrive30i’s HiFi Sound System generates a more audacious sound. Funneled through 12 speakers, the system provides drivers with a quality listening experience.

BMW X3 vs Lexus RX: Safety Comparison

Both vehicles are safe options for drivers and their families. Which one offers the safety systems that pair best with your needs?

The Lexus RX is outfitted with standard safety technology, like the Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Road Sign Assist. Each trim also has the available Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Braking and Rear Cross-Traffic Braking.

The BMW X3 offers similar safety features, such as:

  • Active Blind Spot Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Frontal Collision Warning

Its parking assistance feature, however, is standard in each of the X3’s trim. Park Distance Control helps drivers by monitoring the front and rear of the car while you are parking it.

These features combine for a convenient driving journey in each trip in a BMW X3.

Schedule a BMW X3 Test Drive Today!

The BMW X3 offers drivers advantages that can benefit them on each trip.

To find out how it fits your lifestyle, schedule a test drive of the BMW X3 at BMW of Stratham.

Drivers near Stratham, Portsmouth, and Exeter, NH, can stop by to check out the SAV®. You can also contact us to schedule a test drive.


* Preliminary EPA-estimated figures are for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on speed, driving habits, trip length and driving conditions; actual mileage may be lower. Note for MPGe: All data are provisional and subject to official confirmation. The provisional power consumption figures have been calculated based on the ECE test cycle.