If you're looking for a vehicle that will handle off-road conditions but not at the expense of comfort, a compact or midsize SUV might be ideal. However, with so many options on the market, how do you whittle down the pool? If you want something that will fit your growing family and impress at the same time, you will probably want to stick with brands like Land Rover or Lexus so that you're assured of quality. Keep reading to see our comparison of the 2018 Lexus NX300 to the Land Rover Discovery Sport.


The Lexus NX300 is a small, refined crossover that is easy to drive and will keep your passengers happy. It boasts a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 235 horsepower with a six-speed automatic transmission or an optional hybrid system that produces 194 horsepower. In the four-wheel drive Discovery Sport, the base Si4 four-cylinder turbocharged engine offers a slightly higher output of 237 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque. The available upgraded engine has enhancements to the boosting system, enabling it to put out an impressive 286 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Both are paired with a nine-speed automatic for improved handling. 

Fuel Economy

The automatic engine stop/start feature plus regenerative brakes combine to give the Discovery Sport notable fuel efficiency. The brakes have been engineered to convert inertia that would have been lost into usable energy. This yields 21 miles per gallon on city streets and 25 mpg on the highway. While the Lexus feels heavier to drive, its fuel consumption is lighter at 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. However, premium unleaded fuel is a requirement and not a choice, so count on higher gas costs when weighing the pros and cons.

Luxury and Convenience

Cars like the Discovery Sport are very versatile, offering excellent off-road capability while also handling well on paved roads. Both the glass roof and 10-inch infotainment touch screen are nice bonuses, but the stand-out utility feature is the vehicle's cargo capacity; there's an available 34 cubic feet of space behind the second row. That's a huge advantage over the NX300. A sharply slanted rear window leaves the Lexus with just 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space. While both vehicles offer comfortable seating and a smooth ride, the NX300 limits what you can fit into the trunk.

Safety and Security

Lexus has included a safety system package standard on the NX300 series. This package includes automatic emergency braking, lane departure warnings, lane-keeping assistance, and adaptive cruise control. All 2018 Discovery Sport models have automatic emergency braking, and available packages offer lane-keep assist, a driver condition monitor, which can detect if a driver is starting to feel drowsy, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, a heads-up display, and intelligent traffic sign recognition.

Both vehicles have a lot to recommend them, but in a head-to-head comparison, the Land Rover offers more power, nearly twice the storage capacity, and some very nice optional safety features that can make your driving life much more pleasant. If you're ready to buy a 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport, contact Hennessy Land Rover Gwinnett to learn more.

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