Mazda CX-5 vs. Lexus NX Crossover SUV Comparison

Comparing crossover options in The Woodlands? See how the new Mazda CX-5 fares against rivals like the Lexus NX at Gullo Mazda

Since they first hit the scene, crossovers have been a fantastic means of transportation for drivers throughout The Woodlands, providing both drivability comparable to most sedans and spacious interiors not unlike those of larger SUVs. However, you can type "crossovers for sale in The Woodlands" into Google and come back with a dizzying array of results. However, look a bit closer at the crossovers favored most heavily by critics and consumers alike, and you'll likely narrow down that list to two big names: the new Mazda CX-5 and the Lexus NX.

Now, we'll make no bones about our bias between these two crossovers. After all, we're one of the premier Mazda dealers serving The Woodlands, TX area from our Conroe, TX location. But from an honest, evidence-based standpoint, we really do believe that the new Mazda CX-5 outclasses the Lexus NX, and if you'll indulge us, we'd love the chance to prove it to you.

The Mazda CX-5 vs. the Lexus NX

First, let's start from a purely technical perspective and talk about power. It's not true in all cases, but more horsepower typically translates to a more engaging driving experience in the crossover segment. And where power is concerned, the new Mazda CX-5 is no slouch, producing up to 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque when properly equipped in its Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trims.

Spend some time in the Lexus NX and you'll find it's decidedly more sluggish than the Mazda CX-5, topping out at around 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Not to mention the fact that it simply can't hold a candle to the deft handling dynamics of the Mazda CX-5 with its SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS® with G-Vectoring Control system.

But of course, the new Mazda CX-5 doesn't just have a technological edge on the Lexus NX under the hood; it also comes out ahead when you look to the tech and amenities in its cabin. For example, let's compare the available infotainment systems on the Mazda CX-5 and Lexus NX.

Now, the Lexus NX may have a larger infotainment system screen, but unfortunately, it lacks Android Auto support. So, if you want to use your phone on the go, it's a better bet to go with the new Mazda CX-5, which has an infotainment system that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Of course, while it's hard to really quantify, we'd be remiss if we didn't at least touch on the stylistic differences between the Mazda CX-5 and the Lexus NX. These two compact crossovers are undeniably handsome, but if you look to the fine details, it's easy to see why so many drivers from Conroe to The Woodlands prefer the Mazda CX-5.

With its range-topping Mazda CX-5 Signature trim, the Mazda design team has elevated the cabin of this crossover to stratospheric heights of quality and style with keen accents like ambient cabin lighting and wood trim accents. And while the comparable Lexus NX F Sport trim purports to offer comparable quality with its specialized interior trim, it amounts to little more than added contrast stitching and fancier cupholders.

Put the mettle of the Mazda CX-5 to the test for yourself at Gullo Mazda today

While it's easy to see just how compelling the Mazda CX-5 can be on paper, when it comes to comparing crossovers, there's simply no substitute for a good test drive. So, if you're interested in trying out the new Mazda CX-5 for yourself, stop by our Mazda dealership in Conroe, TX to do so today!

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