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Luxury Seven Seat SUV Matchup – Acura MDX vs BMW X5


Acura MDX

Engine: 3.5L
Horsepower: 290
Fuel Economy: 20 City / 28 Hwy
MSRP: Starting at $42,765

Inside the 2015 Acura MDX:

The Acura MDX is a luxury mid-sized crossover SUV that has been in production since 2000. The MDX has seen two redesigns over its lifetime, the last of which happened in 2014. The Acura MDX is capable of carrying seven passengers inside the three row design. The engine is a 290 horsepower 3.5L direct injection V6 that offers a smooth, quiet ride. The drivetrain is an automatic 9-Speed Sequential SportShift and paddle shifters give you manual control when needed. Rather than trim options, Acura offers a base 3.5L offering and an AWD option. The MDX has a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs which is adequate enough for most small to medium trailers or campers.

Although there are no true trim options, Acura does offer several premium packages consumers can add to the MDX. The first package is the AcuraWatch Plus which includes Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control. The next package is the Technology Package with Acura Navigation System, premium audio system with 10 speakers and rain sensing windshield wipers. Advanced and Entertainment packages are also available to add even more features to your MDX. However, this is a premium crossover SUV and even the base offering includes great comfort and technology features such as tri-zone automatic climate control, multi-view rear camera and a leather trimmed interior.


Engine: 3.0L
Horsepower: 300
Fuel Economy: 19 City / 27 Hwy
MSRP: Starting at $53,900

Inside the 2015 BMW X5:

The BMW X5 is a midsized luxury SUV that has been in production since 1999. The X5 is also in the 3rd generation model with the most recent redesign taking place in 2014. The optional third row design is capable of comfortably carrying seven passengers with the key word there being comfortably. BMW bills this as a Sports Activity Vehicle due to the off road capabilities. It’s powered by an impressive 3.0L TwinPower V6, 300 horsepower engine and 8-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission with Sport and Manual shift modes. An overhauled engine is available with a 4.4L V8 output of 445 horsepower. The BMW X5 is available in four trim options including the base model sDrive35i, xDrive35i, xDrive35d and xDrive50i.

Within each of the trim levels, BMW offers three lines to choose from between the Luxury, xLine and M Sport options. These options swap out features like wheels and grill design to give you even more control of the overall design of your X5. Much like the Acura MDX, consumers also have many luxury packages they can add based on their individual preferences. Examples of such packages include the Premium package (Sirius XM radio, leather interior, power truck lift) and Dynamic Handling package (Dynamic Performance Control and Active Roll Stabilization). The X5 comes with a laundry list of standard features to aid in the luxury driving experience.

Our Pick for Winner:

Base Model: Acura MDX

It was a close one in today’s Acura MDX vs BMX X5. The Acura MDX is a luxury three row SUV that comes standard with many features that are only available in upgraded options on the X5. The base price of the MDX is significantly lower in price than the X5, leaving more room to add available features. The MDX interior is easily one of the roomiest vehicles in its class and also has an extremely quiet cabin, both of which are important features when looking for a luxury vehicle.

Upgrades: BMX X5

While BMWs are designed to stand out in the parking lot outside of a country club, the X5 is engineered to stand out in off road adventures as well. The 3.0L 300 hp. engine is aggressive when it needs to be and provides for an extremely smooth driving experience. BMW offers an extensive line of upgrade options and multiple trim levels to give the consumers a complete driving experience.

Overall Winner:


The BMX X5 was the originator of the luxury crossover vehicle class. It’s been a leading player since 1999. The X5 combines luxury and comfort with safety and intelligent driving systems to give consumers everything they may be looking for. The available 445 hp. engine really put an exclamation point on the word sport in sport activity vehicle. While the BMW is German engineered, it is manufactured right here in America at the Greer, South Carolina manufacturing plant.

2015 BMW X5

Dustin "Dusty" Rhodes

A fan of nice round numbers and working on tiny European cars, Dusty is the proud owner of a '58 Lloyd 600, a '50 FIAT 500, and is currently on the hunt for a Vespa 400. And, despite all that repair work, he still finds time to write about cars. 

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    best offroad April 13, 2016

    I like its optional backseater and the way it can open the upward window. It does come on great features as well.


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