When it comes to purchasing a luxury SUV, you’ll likely find yourself torn between the BMW X3 and the Lexus RX 350. Both offer exceptional efficiency, adventure capabilities, and safety features. With both offering similar features, how are you supposed to decide which vehicle is best to improve your commute in and around Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, and Vineland, NJ?

Fortunately, we here at BMW of Atlantic City have created this 2021 BMW X3 vs. Lexus RX 350 comparison to help you choose.



In order to dash around town without the need to put a pause on your adventures, you’ll need an SUV with great fuel efficiency. When comparing the MPG of the 2021 BMW X3 vs. Lexus RX 350, those who choose the X3 will be able to travel longer distances than those who choose the RX 350.

The BMW X3 has an EPA-estimated 25 city and 29 highway MPG.1 The Lexus RX 350, on the other hand, only has an EPA-estimated 20 city and 27 highway MPG. The higher MPG rating of the X3 means you’ll be making fewer pit stops with both city and highway commuting, allowing you to spend extra time making memories with your family and friends.



Sometimes it’s nice to escape the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. With both the BMW X3 and Lexus RX 350 offering all-wheel drive and trailering abilities, you’ll find hitting the road far less traveled is an easy and relaxing event.

The optional all-wheel drive capabilities of both vehicles makes it easy to hit the open road, regardless of road conditions. Working to detect and prevent loss of traction, you’ll feel more secure traveling in any condition.

Plus, with towing capabilities, you can even bring along your favorite outdoor toys—like small boats, jet skis, or a utility trailer. Although, the towing capacity of the 2021 BMW X3 vs. Lexus RX 350 are very different.

When properly equipped, the RX 350 has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. The 2021 BMW X3, on the other hand, has a maximum towing capacity of 4,400 pounds when properly equipped.



Whether you’re traveling around town or hitting the open road, the standard safety features of both the BMW X3 and the RX 350 help keep you and your passengers safe and secure. Although, not all safety systems are built the same.

While the Active Driving Assistant of the BMW X3 and the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 both include features like frontal collision warning to help avoid an accident. The BMW X3, however, comes standard with the Active Protection System, which the Lexus RX 350 does not.

If a collision is unavoidable, the Active Protection System will automatically pretension the seat belts, close all windows—moonroof included—and activate post-crash braking to help reduce the severity of any injuries. You’ll even have a Fatigue and Focus Alert, which will monitor your driving habits to warn you when you seem to be driving distracted.

In terms of 2021 BMW X3 vs. Lexus RX 350 safety features, the X3 provides a more robust safety experience.

Want to learn more about the X3? Check out our 2021 BMW X3 Review!


While both luxury SUVs offer fuel-efficient features, adventure capabilities, and standard safety features, the X3 takes the trophy in this 2021 BMW X3 vs. Lexus RX 350 comparison. To learn more about these powerful features of the X3, we here at BMW of Atlantic City invite you to stop by our dealership.

Here, our team of knowledgeable sales professionals will explain in detail these listed features and more that work to make your commute around Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, and Vineland, New Jersey, as comfortable as possible.

Visit our dealership today to learn more!

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.

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