2018 Kia Sportage Vs. 2018 Lexus NX

2018 kia sportage and 2018 lexus nx 300 in side by side split screen image

Small crossovers give drivers the luxuries of larger SUVs with agility, efficiency and urban handling not being sacrificed. The segment for small crossovers has become full of competition (even Porsche and Lamborghini now have entries), making it also full of options and not all of them are equal. While searching for an entry-luxury crossover narrows the pot down a bit, there’s still no way to know for sure that you’re getting the most value in your small crossover.

Lexus is a name closely associated with luxurious interior finishing and powerful performance. In our comparison today, we’re pitting the 2018 Kia Sportage SX Turbo against the 2018 Lexus NX 300. The Sportage SX Turbo is a luxuriously-featured model that gives drivers plenty of performance under-the-hood, as well as a refined interior and exterior design. In this comparison, look for edges in performance, features and ride quality.

2018 Kia Sportage SX Turbo


2018 Lexus NX 300

240 horsepower Horsepower (higher is better) 235 horsepower
Standard Navigation system Available
Yes Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility No
19” alloy Standard wheels 17” alloy
105.1 inches Wheelbase (higher is better) 104.7 inches
Leather Seating material Plastic (leatherette)
60.1 cubic feet (30.7 with seats up) Max cargo volume (higher is better) 54.6 cubic feet (17.7 with seats up)
5 years/60,000 miles Bumper-to-bumper warranty 4 years/48,000 miles
$32,900 MSRP $35,985

Kia Sportage Advantages over Lexus NX

The Kia Sportage SX enjoys several advantages over the NX 350. Chief among these advantages is the number of included features. The 2018 Kia Sportage SX provides drivers with a premium information and entertainment experience. Navigation is a standard feature on the 2018 Kia Sportage SX but requires a costly upgrade to the 2018 Lexus NX 300.

Similarly, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which offer seamless parallel interfaces for using smartphone apps in your crossover aren’t even available as an upgrade in the 2018 Lexus NX 300, which opts for a proprietary system instead.

The Sportage places a high emphasis on space and capability. That is, after all, one of the primary reasons drivers choose crossovers over their sedan lineup-mates. The 2018 Kia Sportage SX offers a decadent 60+ cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded and over 30 cubic feet with them up. The 2018 NX 350, on the other hand, goes smaller with 54 cubic feet of space and only 17.7 cubic feet with rear seats up.

The enhanced wheelbase of the 2018 Kia Sportage offers greater ride quality and comfort over the 2018 Lexus NX 300. Speaking of comfort, let’s talk about how in the 2018 Lexus NX 300 you’re sitting on plastic. The leatherette material of the NX 300 doesn’t compare to the luxurious look and feel of the leather seating present in the 2018 Kia Sportage SX.

Leatherette seating wouldn’t be a problem if the NX 300 didn’t cost almost $3,000 more than the similarly-spec’d 2018 Kia Sportage SX. Finally, peace of mind is at a premium in the 2018 Sportage SX with a limited bumper-to-bumper warranty that gives you 1 year and 12,000 miles more of precious coverage.

The 2018 Kia Sportage SX offers a premium experience at a high-value price point. It has more features, better specs and a longer warranty than luxury legends like Lexus provide. For more information on the 2018 Kia Sportage, or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!