Is the Lexus NX Smaller Than the RX?

The Lexus NX is smaller than the RX. In fact, it’s about 10 inches smaller in length. However, they both offer a comparable amount of cargo volume, as well as seating for up to five passengers.

If you’re going to be cruising through the White Plains, Yonkers, and Scarsdale, NY, areas, then either of these SUVs is sure to offer what you’re looking for. Learn more about their dimensions below. When you’re ready to try these luxury vehicles for yourself, contact the team at Lexus of White Plains and set up your test drive!

Lexus RX Exterior

Exterior Dimensions

It’s obvious when looking at them that the Lexus NX is smaller than the RX. You can also see that from the exterior dimensions:


Lexus NX

Lexus RX


104.7 inches

109.8 inches


182.7 inches

192.5 inches


73.6 inches

74.6 inches

*Numbers based on 5-passenger configuration

Overall, the Lexus NX has a smaller wheelbase. It’s also almost 10 inches shorter overall when comparing its length with the Lexus RX. This could actually benefit the NX when you’re trying to parallel park because you may be able to park more easily or fit into a smaller space than you might if you were behind the wheel of the RX.

However, they’re fairly comparable in width, so navigating tight streets or crowded cities should be equally doable in either luxury SUV.

Lexus NX & RX Interior Dimensions

Now, let’s open the door and see if the Lexus NX cabin is smaller than the Lexus RX. Overall, we find slightly more headroom and legroom from the RX, but not by much:

  Lexus NX Lexus RX
Seating capacity 5 passengers 5 or 7 passengers
Headroom (front/rear)* 38.2/38.1 inches 39.4/39.1 inches
Legroom (front/rear)* 42.4/36.1 inches 44.1/38 inches

*Numbers based on 5-passenger configuration, without moonroof

As you can see, when we compare their 5-passenger configurations, the Lexus RX has roughly two inches of additional legroom in the front and rear seats. It also has around one more inch of headroom than the Lexus NX.

However, the seating capacity is the biggest difference in their interiors. Both the Lexus NX and Lexus RX come standard as a 5-passenger vehicle. However, the available Lexus RX 350L configuration installs a third row, bumping your passenger capacity up to seven if you need it. So, if you have a large family or carpool frequently, you may prefer the RX.

Note, however, that this configuration will decrease your rear-seat legroom slightly.


Cargo Area: Which Is Smaller?

Lexus NX vs RX Cargo Space

What’s interesting to note is that the Lexus NX cargo space is not much smaller than the RX. Observe their cargo dimensions here to see what we mean:

  Lexus NX (2-row) Lexus RX (2-row)
Cargo volume (behind first row)* 54.5 cubic feet 56.3 cubic feet
Cargo volume (behind second row)* 17.7 cubic feet 18.4 cubic feet

*Numbers based on 5-passenger configuration

When we compare the 2-row, 5-passenger configuration of the Lexus RX with the NX, we see that the NX isn’t much smaller. In fact, there’s less than one cubic foot difference between the amount of trunk space in either SUV. With the rear seats folded, the overall cargo space in the Lexus NX is only 1.8 cubic feet smaller than the Lexus RX.

This tells us that you’ll be able to pack a relatively similar amount of luggage, no matter which SUV you take to the airport.

Try the Lexus NX and RX On For Size

Now that you know whether the Lexus NX is smaller than the RX, it’s time for you to try on these two luxury SUVs to see which one fits best. Drivers near the White Plains, Scarsdale, and Yonkers, NY, areas, can contact the team at Lexus of White Plains to schedule a test drive today!

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