side by side images of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and 2018 Lexus NX

2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Lexus NX

2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Lexus NX

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SKYACTIV® Technology

25/31 mpg

Mileage (City/Highway)

22/28 mpg
MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System 

Infotainment System

Remote Touch Interface
59.6 cubic feet

Max. Cargo Space

54.6 cubic feet

Starting MSRP


When it comes to finding the right compact crossover, drivers certainly have plenty of options on the road in both luxury and non-luxury options. The perfect compact crossover elegantly blends generous interior space, pleasing driving dynamics, fuel efficiency, and good looks to offer both practicality and style. You can always trust Mazda to offer a pleasing driving experience, but how does the 2018 Mazda CX-5 stack up against a luxury rival?

In this 2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Lexus NX comparison, we looked at the base trims of both models, even though the elite model of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 may actually come closer to the price of the 2018 Lexus NX 300. However, even though we are starting at the Sport trim rather than moving to the Touring and Grand Touring options, the Mazda compact crossover offers several advantages that may appeal to discerning shoppers.

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Price is obviously a key difference between the models in this 2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Lexus NX comparison. With a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price more than $10,000 less than the Lexus model, the Mazda crossover offers a lot of value for families and individuals seeking quality without the premium price tag. Interior space is also a place where the 2018 Mazda CX-5 pulls ahead of its Lexus rival. With up to 59.6 cubic feet available for cargo (compared to just 54.6 cubic feet available in the 2018 Lexus NX 300), the Mazda model has more room for hauling, as well as comfortable five-passenger seating.

Another place where the 2018 Mazda CX-5 excels is in its available fuel efficiency. While actual mileage numbers will vary, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 is rated for up to 3 mpg more than the Lexus for both highway and city driving.

While the 2018 Lexus NX 300 is a luxury model, and the 2018 Mazda CX-5 is considered a non-luxury crossover, both of these models can still deliver premium comfort. Moreover, when it comes to driving satisfaction Mazda can leave many other automakers in the dust. You shouldn’t take our word for it. Come to Serra Mazda and test drive the 2018 Mazda CX-5 today.


front of the 2018 Mazda CX-5
rear view of the 2018 Mazda CX-5
steering wheel close up of the 2018 Mazda CX-5
rear seats of the 2018 Mazda CX-5


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