2021 Lexus RX 350 vs. 2021 Audi Q5

2021 Lexus RX vs. 2021 Audi Q5

2021 Lexus RX 350


2021 Audi Q5
72 month / 70,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty

48 months / 50,000 miles
295-hp 3.5L V6

Base Engine

261-hp 2.0L 4-cylinder
8-speed automatic


7-speed automatic
9, 12, or 15 speakers


10 speakers
Available for base trim

Navigation System

Available only on higher trims
Standard with dynamic gridlines

Backup Camera

Standard with no dynamic gridlines

Weighing your options for a new luxury SUV your Cerritos family will love? Deluxe models like the 2021 Lexus RX 350 and the 2021 Audi Q5 have probably made your competitive shortlist. Both are revered for their spirited performance and high-end interiors, but only one SUV can come home with you at the end of the day. Here, Lexus of Cerritos hopes to make your decision a little easier with an in-depth look at the new Lexus RX 350 vs. Audi Q5!

Lexus RX 350 vs. Audi Q5: Performance & Powertrain Protection

The 2021 Lexus RX 350 provides more street prowess and versatility with greater horsepower and two drivetrain options. Not only that, but you can drive in Long Beach with more peace of mind, as Lexus offers a more comprehensive powertrain warranty than Audi.

Lexus RX 350

  • 3.5L V6 engine with 295 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive
  • 72-month/70,000-mile powertrain warranty

True, the 2021 Audi Q5 offers just slightly more torque than the Lexus RX 350, but its engine components aren’t protected nearly as comprehensively.

Audi Q5

  • 2.0L 4-cylinder engine with 261 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque
  • 7-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard Quattro® all-wheel drive
  • 48-month/50,000-mile powertrain warranty
2021 Green Lexus RX Parked

Audi Q5 vs. Lexus RX 350: Interior Features

Compare the Lexus RX 350 vs. Audi Q5 interior features, and you’ll discover that both SUVs are equipped with Bluetooth®, power-adjustable front seats, and available luxuries like a panoramic glass roof. Upon closer inspection, however, some important differences are revealed:

Lexus RX 350 Interior Features (Base Trim)

  • Backup camera with standard dynamic gridlines
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • 9 speakers
  • 12 available speakers with Lexus Premium Sound System
  • 15 available speakers with Mark Levinson® premium sound system
  • Available heated front seats
  • Available navigation system
  • Available memory system for power driver’s seat, exterior mirrors, and steering wheel

Audi Q5 Interior Features (Base Trim)

  • 10 speakers
  • Backup camera without dynamic gridlines
  • Heated front seats
  • Climate-controlled rear seats
2021 Lexus RX Cross Section

The Lexus RX 350 interior gives you more options in the base trim, including an available navigation system or a memory system for the positioning of the driver’s seat, exterior side mirrors, and steering wheel. Such features are unavailable in the base-level Audi Q5, so you would need to make a pricier upgrade to a higher trim level to gain access.

Audi Q5 vs. Lexus RX 350: Safety Features

The Lexus RX 350 is equipped with the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0, a robust suite of advanced safety features to keep you safe. The base safety system in the Audi Q5 isn’t nearly as robust. It includes the following features.

Lexus RX 350

  • Pre-Collision System w/ Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Tracing Assist
  • Lane Departure Alert w/ Steering Assist
  • Road Sign Assist
  • All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Intelligent High Beams
  • Blind Spot Monitor w/ Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Intuitive Parking Assist w/ Auto Braking and Rear Cross-Traffic Braking

Audi Q5

  • Bi-Xenon High Beam Assist
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system
  • Electronic rear child door locks
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children
  • Standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Available second-row side airbags

Drive Home in a New Lexus RX 350 Today!

So, after comparing the Audi Q5 vs. Lexus RX 350, which SUV has earned the coveted spot in your Torrance driveway? Contact us at Lexus of Cerritos to set up an RX 350 test drive and experience the Lexus difference firsthand! Apply for financing online to get pre-approved before your visit, and don’t forget to look for the RX SUV in our new vehicle specials.

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