2018 Audi Q5 vs. 2017 Lexus RX 350

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The 2018 Audi Q5 and the 2017 Lexus RX 350 are both remarkably efficient and intelligent crossover utility vehicles with a lot in common. Both provide the power, cargo, and drivability you have come to expect from some of the world’s leading manufacturers. Despite being leaders in the CUV segment, there are a few key differences that we’d like to point out to our customers in the Sylvania area. While the two may be popular vehicles across Ohio, the Audi Q5 outperforms the Lexus RX 350 in almost every reviewable area.

For this comparison, we will be taking a closer look at the 2018 Audi Q5 2.0T Premium and the 2017 Lexus RX 350 Base model. We compare the two crossovers in all the areas that matter most to our customer, so you can make the most informed decision possible. After you’ve browsed our guide, we encourage you to give us a call at (888) 847-9535, or check out our new vehicle inventory page to see everything that we have at our Audi dealership in Sylvania, OH. We know you’ll be impressed by what you see!


While both the 2018 Audi Q5 and the 2017 Lexus RX 350 are made with high performance engines, we prefer the 2.0L TFSI® I4 engine that comes with the Q5 over the engine inside of the RX 350. The Audi has just a little extra muscle with its 273 lb-ft of torque, compared to just 268 lb-ft of torque on the Lexus. Plus, the Audi gets 23 mpg in the city, which is a lot more per gallon than the 20 mpg of the Lexus. You’ll appreciate that extra efficiency during your morning commutes!

The legendary quattro® AWD system, available exclusively with the 2018 Audi Q5, also enhances your handling during those rough Midwestern winters. This system sends power to each of its wheels to help ensure perfect handling on wet and dry roads alike. You’ll only find quattro® technology on Audi vehicles!


When you get inside the cabin of your new vehicle, you expect luxury. After all, both the Audi and Lexus brands have impeccable reputations as exquisite feats of engineering that leave drivers wanting nothing else. While the Lexus offers the opulence you may expect, the Audi will exceed your expectations away with its incredible offerings.

Higher Audi Q5 trims are equipped with an incredible Bang & Olufsen sound system with 19 speakers, which blows away the available 15-speaker sound system on the Lexus RX 350. On top of that, the Lexus offers a mobile app to track your vehicle while parking, but the higher Q5 levels offer a unique parking system plus with a top view camera—a state-of-the-art camera that can turn 360 degrees!


Even though the 2018 Audi Q5 and the 2017 Lexus RX 350 offer several advanced features designed to keep you and your passengers connected on Sylvania roads, we have once again chosen the Q5 as the optimal CUV. The Audi Q5 CUV features a suite of high-tech features to improve your day. For example, the popular duo of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are offered and seamlessly integrated into the Audi interface, but these features are nowhere to be seen on the Lexus. Plus, Audi includes a six-month trial to its exclusive services like Audi connect PRIME and connect PLUS, which enhances your connectivity while on the road!

Test Drive the 2018 Audi Q5 Near Sylvania, OH Today!

For more information on the 2018 Audi Q5 and how it stacks up to other competitors like the BMW X3, to schedule a test drive at our Audi dealership in Sylvania, OH, setting up an appointment with our auto maintenance center, or getting started with our finance department, please don’t hesitate to contact Vin Devers Autohaus through our website, or by calling us at 419-273-9792.