Lexus vs. Toyota – Buying a Luxury Vehicle isn’t as Far Off as You Think

In a world where SUVs and crossovers are taking over the roads, there’s a handful of economical, sleek, and convenient options to choose from. When it comes to making the purchase decision that’s best for your lifestyle, you don’t always have to go to the brand that the masses choose.

In fact, opting for a luxury brand like Lexus may not be as costly as you think!  

Since Toyota is the parent-company of Lexus, the two brands have a unique relationship. There’s a lot of similarities between models, and often it simply comes down to whether or not you can afford a little luxury in your life. You might be surprised to find that when you take a close look, you can drive luxury on an economy budget. We match up a couple Lexus/Toyota cousins to demonstrate their similarities and competitive pricing options.

2018 Lexus NX vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4 
The Lexus NX v. the Toyota RAV4

One of North America’s favorite SUVs, the RAV4 is family-friendly, both rugged and stylish, and comfortable. The range in this model is pretty broad, which is where you can really find reasons to opt for its luxury counterpart without spending much more.The RAV4 starts out at $31,000, and with just a few options, easily reaches the  $40k range. At this point, you’re beginning to see some strong competition from the 2018 Lexus NX, starting off at about $45k.

The NX made its Lexus debut in 2014 and is a popular and attractive point for Calgary SUV drivers looking to become luxury owners. Compared to the new RAV4, the starting Lexus NX is similar in price and in many other specs.

Let’s take a look:


Model: 2018 Toyota RAV4 Platinum // 2018 Lexus NX 300
MSRP: From $45,200 // From  $46,700
L/KM: Up to 10 city / 8 highway // 10 city / 8 highway
Towing Capacity: 680 kgs // 907 kg
Horsepower: 176 hp // 235 hp @ 4,800 rpm


As you can see by comparing just a few details, the top RAV4 options aren’t far off from the luxury world. Luxurious driving is within reach, and the Lexus NX is a comparable, yet more upscale option. How can you pass up world-class luxury on a RAV4 budget?

2018 Lexus GX vs. 2018 Toyota 4Runner

Lexus GX and Toyota 4Runner comparison in CalgalryIf you’re one of many who are cross-shopping the premium Toyota models against Lexus models, the Lexus GX / Toyota 4Runner is another strong matchup. When it comes to premium features, the Toyota 4Runner’s Limited 4×4 trim comes prettyclose to the base GX 460, with room for even more added accessories. But by the time you’ve reached that point – $56,000 – you’re not too far off from the more luxurious Lexus GX 460.

Here’s a closer look.


Model: 2018 Toyota 4Runner Limited // Lexus GX 460
MSRP: From $55,688// From $67,663
L/KM: Up to 14 city / 11 highway // 16 city / 13 highway
Towing Capacity: 2,300 lbs // 2,940 lbs
Horsepower: 270 hp // 301 hp @ 5,500 rpm


With this matchup, the 4Runner is just a step away from the world of luxury driving. The Lexus GX is a capable SUV – like the 4Runner – but boasts added comfort, luxury, and prestige for not too much more. If you’re looking for luxury in Calgary, go with the Lexus.

 Why Buy at Lexus of Calgary

We are a dedicated and trustworthy Lexus dealership dedicated to the Lexus VIP experience. Contact us today if you’re in the market for a luxury vehicle; we’d love to help you!