Comparison: 2017 Acura MDX vs 2017 BMW X5

September 5th, 2017 by

When shopping for a luxury SUV, most shoppers want to know the safety ratings and features of each model, as well as those that get great gas mileage without sacrificing power. Also, value still plays a big role, even in the luxury segment.

Drivers in Middletown doing comparison shopping may be interested to know the differences between the 2017 Acura MDX and the 2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i. We’ll break down the pros and cons of each luxury SUV for you below:


Acura MDX

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Acura MDX a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ after it earned best-possible scores in all categories. Also, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Acura SUV a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating ‡.

The MDX comes standard with the AcuraWatch Advanced Safety and Driver-Assistance Technology. This suite of safety features includes Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, Multi-View Rear Camera with dynamic gridlines. The Advance Package adds a Head-Up Warning, Blind Spot Information System, Surround-View Camera, and Rear Cross-Traffic Monitor.


Despite its significantly higher price tag, the BMW failed to match the MDX in safety tests. The IIHS only evaluated it for two categories – moderate overlap front impact and side impact – and while it earned Good scores in both, it did not win a Top Safety Pick title. However, the NHTSA did give the X5 a 5-Star Overall Rating.

The X5 iDrive35 comes standard with Dynamic Cruise Control, auto-dimming mirrors, and rain-sensing wipers, but other driver assistance features are available only via feature packages. The Driving Assistance package includes a rearview camera and head-up display, while the Driving Assistance Plus Package adds an Active Driving Assistant, Active Blind Spot Detection, Surround View, and speed limit information.


Acura MDX

The 2017 Acura MDX is powered by an efficient 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a smooth-shifting 9-speed automatic transmission that makes 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. It comes available with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive and has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

According to EPA estimates, front-wheel drive models with auto idle stop get 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, while AWD models with automatic idle stop get 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway*.


The 2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged 6-cylinder engine with 8-speed automatic transmission, making 300 horsepower and 296 lb-ft of torque. This model is available with all-wheel drive and has a max towing capacity of 5,952 pounds.

Rear-wheel drive models get up to 18 MPG city and 25 MPG highway, while AWD models get up to 18 MPG city and 24 MPG highway.

While the BMW has slightly more power than the MDX, the Acura bests the German brand in efficiency and riding comfort. To confirm the latter, come visit us for a test drive and see for yourself.


Acura MDX

Starting at $44,050**


Starting at $58,900 MSRP


‡Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program. For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit

*2017 EPA mileage based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack

**Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or a destination and handling charge. Actual vehicles/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

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