Comparison: 2018 Acura RDX vs 2018 BMW X5 sDrive35i

October 5th, 2017 by

Middletown drivers who are comparing models of luxury crossovers probably want to know how the 2018 Acura RDX stacks up to the 2018 BMW X5 sDrive35i.

Given that the BMW is significantly more expensive than the Acura, you might guess that the German automaker would come out ahead in most areas. But you’d be wrong, as they’re about neck-and-neck.

Read our side-by-side comparison, then visit us to get behind the wheel of a brand new RDX.

Features and Tech

Acura RDX

The 2018 RDX trims include Standard, AcuraWatch Plus, Technology, AcuraWatch PI and Tech, and Advance. You may want to note that even a fully equipped premium model of the RDX is still less expensive than the X5’s least expensive model. Standard features include leatherette sport seats and interior trim, 10-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and split-folding rear seats. You can also opt for perforated leather-trimmed interior, heated and ventilated front seats, and GPS-linked climate control.

For your entertainment and convenience, the Acura crossover comes equipped standard with Sirius XM Radio, a premium sound system with 7 speakers, USB audio interface, Bluetooth tech, SMS text message function, HandsFreeLink wireless phone interface, HomeLink universal transceiver, and the Maintenance Minder system. Available features include the ELS Studio Premium Audio System with 10 speakers, Aha compatibility, Siri Eyes Free, Navigation with 3D Vide, Real-Time Traffic, and Traffic Rerouting, and voice recognition for Navigation, Audio, and Climate.

BMW X5 sDrive35i

The 2018 sDrive35i comes standard with black SensaTec upholstery, 14-way power front seats, heated front seats, poplar wood trim, and split-folding rear seats. Optional features include ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, and premium interior materials and trim.

The BMW compact SUV as HD Radio, HiFi Sound System with 9 speakers, pre-wiring for Sirius XM Radio, Bluetooth tech, Dynamic Cruise Control, and BMW Navigation System with 10-inch high-resolution touchscreen and voice command. Premium features include a Bang and Olufsen sound system, Apple CarPlay compatibility, wireless charging and WiFi hotspot, and Head-Up Display.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Acura RDX The 2018 RDX comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 279 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque, with standard front-wheel drive and available Acura AWD with Intelligent Control system. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Fuel economy on FWD models is 20 MPG city and 28 MPG highway, and AWD models get up to 19 MPG city and 27 MPG highway*.

BMW X5 sDrive35i

The 2018 X5 sDrive35i has a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine that makes 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, with standard rear-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. The system is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

RWD models have a fuel economy of 18 MPG city and 25 MPG highway, while AWD models get up to 18 MPG city and 24 MPG highway.


Acura RDX

Starting at $35,800**

BMW X5 sDrive35i

Starting at $56,950 MSRP


*2018 EPA mileage based on 2018 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 age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.

**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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