2019 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover
Best Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover: 2019 Lexus NX
With a starting price that nibbles just shy of $37,500 (including destination charges) and a resale value that is Lexus-solid in every way, the 2019 Lexus NX acts as if it was destined to win our 5-Year Cost to Own award. Fact is, this 2-row/5-seat compact SUV is getting pretty used to standing on the money-saving podium, as it just completed a 2nd-place three-peat in our 2019 Best Resale Value Awards.
The reasons for the Lexus NX's strong championship showing starts with a price that starts thousands of dollars below the German competition, while supplying plenty of things like keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone climate control, automatic high beams, and Apple CarPlay integration at no extra charge. Standard safety tech on the NX includes forward-collision sensing with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control that can bring your NX to a complete stop.
At the heart of the 2019 Lexus NX rests a turbocharged 235-horsepower gasoline engine, but for a slight nudge to your pocketbook, a 33-mpg hybrid version is also available. In either form, the NX is built for compliance, not competition. "The accent is on comfort rather than handling, with light and rather numb steering," we said in our Expert Review, "yet the turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine in the 2019 NX 300 is smooth and quite lively, even if it does sound a little grainy at higher revs. The hybrid version has the extra weight to deal with, so tranquil progress is a more realistic desire."
Naturally, all-wheel drive is available for a $1,400 upcharge. What comes for no upcharge, however, is Lexus' 5-star reputation for reliability, quality and pure low-cost-to-own value.
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2nd Place Finisher: 2019 INFINITI QX50
All-new for 2019, the Infiniti QX50 delivers generous roominess, photo-worthy style, and robust cost-to-own strength to the compact luxury SUV value menu.
3rd Place Finisher: 2019 Buick Envision
Further refined and up-powered for 2019, the Buick Envision competes on low-priced value and comes out with its first-ever 5-Year Cost to Own accolade.
Other Category Winners
- Best Subcompact SUV/Crossover
- Best Compact SUV/Crossover
- Best Mid-Size SUV/Crossover (2-Row)
- Best Mid-Size SUV/Crossover (3-Row)
- Best Off-Road SUV/Crossover
- Best Full-Size SUV/Crossover
- Best Luxury Subcompact SUV/Crossover
- Best Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover
- Best Luxury Mid-Size SUV/Crossover (2-Row)
- Best Luxury Mid-Size SUV/Crossover (3-Row)
- Best Luxury Full-Size SUV/Crossover