2020 Lexus NX Series vs. 2020 Cadillac XT4

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Safety

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The NX Series’ optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The XT4 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The NX Series has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The XT4 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The NX Series’ driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The XT4 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the NX Series and the XT4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its standard headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the NX Series the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 104 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XT4 has not been tested, yet.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the NX Series’ reliability 78 points higher than the XT4.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 60 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. Cadillac is ranked 28th.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the NX 300 is faster than the Cadillac XT4:

NX Series

XT4

Zero to 30 MPH

2.3 sec

2.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.1 sec

7.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

20.5 sec

23 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.7 sec

8.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.9 sec

4.2 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.8 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

87 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the NX 300h gets better fuel mileage than the XT4 AWD (33 city/30 hwy vs. 22 city/29 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the NX Series 300h’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The XT4 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

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The NX 300h has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The XT4 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the NX Series’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the XT4:

NX Series

XT4

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12.6 inches

The NX Series stops much shorter than the XT4:

NX Series

XT4

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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The NX 300 AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the XT4 Sport AWD (27.2 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the NX Series’ turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the XT4’s (37.4 feet vs. 38 feet).

For greater off-road capability the NX 300 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the XT4 (6.9 vs. 6.8 inches), allowing the NX Series to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the NX 300 F Sport AWD is quieter than the XT4 Sport AWD (37 vs. 39 dB).

Passenger Space

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The NX Series has .6 inches more front hip room, .3 inches more front shoulder room, 4.1 inches more rear hip room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the XT4.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the NX Series’ rear seats recline. The XT4’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The NX Series has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XT4 with its rear seat folded (54.6 vs. 48.9 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the NX Series’ optional rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The XT4 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Cadillac. J.D. Power ranks Lexus second in service department satisfaction. With a 1% lower rating, Cadillac is ranked third.

Ergonomics

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The NX Series’ front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The XT4’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

The XT4 (except Luxury)’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The NX Series’ optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the NX Series owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the NX Series will cost $235 to $1085 less than the XT4 over a five-year period.

The NX Series will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the NX Series will retain 50.95% to 51.77% of its original price after five years, while the XT4 only retains 40.82% to 41.58%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Lexus NX Series will be $4428 to $6536 less than for the Cadillac XT4.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Lexus NX Series, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Cadillac XT4 isn't recommended.

The Lexus NX Series outsold the Cadillac XT4 by almost 8 to one during 2018.

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