Deciding between the Lexus RX-L and the Audi Q7 in Naples, FL

2018 Audi q7 vs 2018 lexus rxl

Does it seem impossible to find a three-row luxury SUV that is both reliable and provides superb ride quality? Two SUVs that could fit the bill are the new three-row Lexus RXL and the Audi Q7. To determine if the Lexus RXL or Audi Q7 is what you’ve been searching for, read through our review below. 

In this review, we will be comparing the 2018 Lexus RX 350L AWD, starting at $49,070 MSRP, with the 2018 Audi Q7 Premium, which starts at $49,900 MSRP. To learn more about the new three-row Lexus RXL alone, read through our other vehicle research pages or call (239) 221-0584.

2018 Lexus RX 350L AWD vs. 2018 Audi Q7: Passenger Space & Cargo Capacity

Both three-row SUVs can hold up to seven passengers total, although the Lexus RX has more front headroom, making it a better choice for tall drivers. The Lexus model will also hold more cargo without needing to sacrifice passenger space. 

2018 Lexus RX 350L  Model 2018 Audi Q7
7 Passenger Capacity 7
70.7 cu. ft. Cargo Capacity – Rear Seats Folded 71.6 cu. ft.
16.3 cu. ft. Cargo Capacity – All Seats Upright 14.8 cu. ft.

2018 Lexus RX 350L AWD vs. 2018 Audi Q7: Warranty & Reliability 

Although Audi has seen an improvement in reliability in the past several years, Lexus has ranked number one among all automotive brands for vehicle dependability for seven years running. Lexus ranks higher than Audi in every category judged in the J.D. Power 2018 Vehicle Dependability Study, and higher than or equal to Audi in every category judged in the J.D. Power 2018 Initial Quality Study. Top it off with a longer warranty than Audi, and the choice is clear. 

Lexus RX Model Audi Q7
4 years/50,000 miles Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
6 years/70,000 miles Powertrain Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
5/5 J.D. Power Overall Dependability Rating 3/5
5/5 J.D. Power Powertrain Dependability Rating 3/5
5/5 J.D. Power Body & Interior Dependability Rating 4/5
5/5 J.D. Power Feature & Accessory Dependability Rating 3/5

2018 lexus rxl interior seating capacity overhead view

2018 Lexus RX 350L AWD vs. 2018 Audi Q7: Passenger Comfort

Both the new Lexus RX 350L and Audi Q7 come with a large number of premium cabin features, including multi-zone climate control and power-folding third-row seats. However, the Lexus model can be outfitted with several packages and features that add luxury and comfort that surpass what the new Audi Q7 can offer. For example:

  • Climate-controlled front seats
  • Second-row Captain’s Chairs
  • Premium Package – includes leather upholstery and genuine wood interior trim, among other features 
  • Luxury Package – includes front seat power cushion extender and rear sunshades, among other features 
  • Navigation/Mark Levinson® Premium Audio Package – includes surround sound audio, among other features 

2018 Lexus RX 350L AWD vs. 2018 Audi Q7: Engine Specs & Fuel Economy

Every new Lexus RXL model comes equipped with a powerful six-cylinder engine. Although a V6 engine is available on the new Audi Q7, the standard engine is a four-cylinder that doesn’t provide the same level of power. 

2018 Lexus RX 350L  Model 2018 Audi Q7
3.5L V6 Engine 2.0L I4
290 HP Horsepower 252 HP
Eight-speed automatic Transmission Eight-speed automatic
21 MPG  Combined City/Highway Fuel Economy 21 MPG 

Test Drive the New Lexus RX 350L near Bonita Springs, FL

Between the two SUVs discussed, the new Lexus RXL is far closer to the ideal luxury family SUV. To experience the 2018 Lexus RXL first-hand, select the model you want from our new vehicle inventory and then schedule a test drive at our Lexus dealership near Bonita Springs, FL.