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TOTD: 2015 Lexus NX200t, Audi Q5, or BMW X3?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/29/2014 Karla Sanchez

The 2015 Lexus NX won't even be on sale for another two months, but the Japanese automaker is already betting big on the luxury compact crossover, increasing its initial annual sales estimate from 35,000 units to 40,000. It's clear there are high hopes for the NX, but do you think it stands a chance against its rivals? Lexus aims the NX directly at the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, but which of the three would you choose?

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The NX will be available as the NX200t or the NX 300h, with the latter being the hybrid. The NX200t boasts the automaker's first turbocharged engine, which is a 2.0-liter I-4 that puts out 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Both trims will be available with the F Sport package, and when we tested the NX 200t F Sport, it hit 60 mph in 7.0 seconds flat. Although that's not very fast, it's right on par with the Audi Q5, which also got there in 7.0 seconds. The Q5 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo I-4 that makes slightly less power with 220 horses on tap, but the same amount of torque as the NX. However, the BMW X3 xDrive28i, which is also powered by a 2.0-liter turbo I-4, gets to 60 mph much faster than both the NX and Q5 at 6.1 seconds. 2013 Audi Q5 Front Angle© Provided by MotorTrend 2013 Audi Q5 Front Angle

As for price, the NX200t's price tag will be competitive with its rivals. The Q5 starts at $39,825 while the X3 starts at $41,350, so expect the NX to start at around $37,000. Going up against both its German rivals, the NX is expected to be a little less expensive and come with the unbeatable Lexus reputation for longevity, which is something its German rivals don't really have. So, between the Lexus NX, Audi Q5, or BMW X3, which would you choose? Let us know in the comments below for today's TOTD.

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