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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Lexus RX Series have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
The RX Series has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The RX Series offers optional Auto Brake that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
The Lexus RX Series has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.
Both the RX Series and the Range Rover Evoque have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the RX Series the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Range Rover Evoque has not been tested, yet.
Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the RX Series 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Range Rover Evoque. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Range Rover Evoque ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are over 30 percent more Lexus dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the RX Series’ warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the RX Series first among midsize premium SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Range Rover Evoque isn’t in the top three in its category.
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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 40 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd, 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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 115 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.
The RX 350’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 58 more horsepower (295 vs. 237) and 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (268 vs. 251) than the Range Rover Evoque’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The RX 350’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 9 more horsepower (295 vs. 286) than the Range Rover Evoque’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The RX 450h’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid produces 22 more horsepower (308 vs. 286) than the Range Rover Evoque’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.
As tested in Motor Trend the RX 350 is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (base engine):
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On the EPA test cycle the RX 450h gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door with its standard engine (31 city/28 hwy vs. 22 city/29 hwy).
The RX Series’ standard fuel tank has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Evoque (19.2 vs. 18.1 gallons).
The RX 450h 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 Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a CVT.
The RX Series’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Range Rover Evoque are solid, not vented.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the RX Series’ wheelbase is 5.1 inches longer than on the Range Rover Evoque (109.8 inches vs. 104.7 inches).
The RX 350 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door (27.1 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s).
The design of the Lexus RX Series amounts to more than styling. The RX Series has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is lower than the Range Rover Evoque (.35 to .39) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the RX Series get better fuel mileage.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the RX Series’ rear seats recline. The Range Rover Evoque’s rear seats don’t recline.
The RX Series has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door with its rear seat folded (56.3 vs. 51 cubic feet).
Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the RX Series’ optional rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Lexus second in service department satisfaction. With a 100% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 30th.
The RX Series’ standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Range Rover Evoque.
The RX Series has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the RX Series has a standard rear wiper. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible doesn’t offer a rear wiper.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the RX Series has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The RX Series offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The RX Series is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
Consumer Reports® chose the Lexus RX Series as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.
The Lexus RX Series outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque by almost 10 to one during 2019.
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