With the X3 in its 2020 model and RX in its newest form, there has to be another vehicle comparison between these two famous, luxury compact sedans: BMW X3 vs. Lexus RX. BMW, as always, is ready with its M badges for the 2020 X3 and hopes to impress its consumers with its top-notch performance with a turbocharged inline-six boasting 503 hp. Standing on the competition side is the Lexus RX, which exudes modern styling and boasts a face-melting performance engine. Let's see how these two automotive titans compete against each other in these three categories: styling, performance, and technology.

2020 bmw x3 vs 2020 lexus rx specs features trim price

BMW was very quick to update the X3 with its M badge. This new top-tier X3, also available in a unique, X4-like body style, packs enough horsepower, boasts aggressive styling and features carbon-fiber trim too. Here is a detailed comparison of top design highlights, performance, and technology for both the SUVs.

Styling Highlights

Inside or outside-the 2020 BMW X3 M delivers what you actually look for in an SUV. Elegant, leather-wrapped sport bucket seats, warm-toned dashboard, premium leather seating, and a stylish dashboard are the main highlights inside. Upgrade options allow you to select from a variety of premium leathers in multiple color choices and offers you an opportunity to choose simulated suede. M Badge brings more functional external styling this year, which includes adaptive LED headlights, heated seats, new HUD and revolutionary gesture control options.

Standard features in the new Lexus RX is abounding. While the premium lighting, unique front grille, and cabin styling are praiseworthy, but none could outmatch the new BMW X3.

Comfort and Convenience

This year, the BMW X3 brings more leg space and headroom so that passengers can relax and will be able to stretch out a lot more than before. Better fuel mileage certainly helps, and apparently, you will be making a fewer number of stops at the gas station. Comfort- and convenience-wise, both vehicles are really close. The new Lexus RX is spacious, features comfortable seats and offers a well-appointed cabin to fulfill all your needs.

Performance Highlights

Performance in the SUVs are no longer about mileage only. Now we expect our luxury haulers to offer some payload capacity too. If it comes to towing capacity, the BMW X3 becomes a clear choice over the Lexus RX. Mighty M's variants with inline-4 and -6 can produce 473 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque and up to 503 hp in the X3 M. Predictably, your new X3 has enough power to get from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. And, with an eight-speed automatic, the new X3 works like a powerful automotive machine yet offers a smooth and enjoyable driving experience.

The Lexus RX features a V-6, which is expectedly powerful and offers praiseworthy agility. Despite having a powerful engine, the Lexus SUV loses some points with lower MPG and payload capacity compared to the BMW X3.

Technology Highlights

The 2020 BMW X3 is not just powerful but also an intelligent machine with advanced tech features like gesture control and responsive technology. Imagine your car responding to your voice commands. If that's what you want, then X3 is your ideal choice. Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, navigation system, dashboard with advanced apps and temperature-controlled steering wheels and seats are some of the best tech highlights of the new X3.Lexus, on the other hand, has updated the new RX and added many advanced tech and safety features. However, the RX lacks in basic smartphone apps like Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Clearly, the X3 gains an advantage here in this comparison.

2020 BMW X3 vs. 2020 Lexus RX: Specs, Features & Trim Comparison

BMW X3 M40iVS.Lexus RX 350
Adaptive LED HeadlampsHeadlampsPremium Triple-beam LED Headlamp
StandardPanoramic RoofStandard
Premium Napa Leather seatsSeatsPremium Leather Seats
3.0L TwinPower Turbo I-6EngineV-6 3.5L/211
355 hp, 365 lb-ft TorqueHorsepower & Torque295, 267 lb-ft Torque
8-speed Sport Automatic
with Sport and Manual Shift Modes,
Paddle Shifters and Launch Control
Transmission8-Speed Automatic
Multi-zone climate controlClimate ControlDual-zone Climate Control
BMW iDriveTech SuiteLexus Enform®
Available W/ Executive PackageGesture ControlNot Available
2020bmw x3 costs features trims

Bottom Line: 2020 BMW X3 Wins

With better mileage, high towing capacity, and more advanced technology, the 2020 BMW X3 wins the competition against the Lexus RX.

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