2015 BMW X5 vs. 2015 Acura MDX


You have your options when it comes to a midsize luxury SUV. Here, we’re going to compare two of the top vehicles in their class to determine which comes out the winner, by pitting the 2015 Acura MDX vs. the 2015 BMW X5. When broken down by features, it’s clear which one comes out on top.

Luxury Technology

Destinations were close at mind when designing these two vehicles. The Acura Navigation System provides a simple view of directions along with the available AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting to help you better know which roads to take. The BMW Navigation System provides similar information, such as local traffic updates and suggested alternate routes. BMW’s Concierge Services will even provide local restaurant, hotel recommendations and more, much like Acura’s Destination Database and Zagat Reviews. But AcuraLink’s Next Generation stands apart by not only offering a similar live concierge service, but by placing it on your mobile phone. That’s only the beginning of what this service can do, such as lock your vehicle, track its location, and send out emergency notifications, all from your smartphone.


Both vehicles features engines that are a marvel of power, with the 2015 Acura MDX using a 3.5L i-VTEC V-6 engine that produces 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. But the Acura doesn’t stop there. Its Variable Cylinder Management system switches to only three cylinders when driving at highway cruising speed, allowing for greater fuel efficiency at 28 mpg over the BMW’s 27. The MDX also features an Integrated Dynamics System that allows for three different steering experiences: comfort, normal, and sport.

Safety Enhancements

Both vehicles have made full use of technology to make driving safer. What Acura terms Adaptive Cruise Control and BMW calls its Active Driving Assistant detects vehicles ahead that are slowing down or not moving and both go so far as to activate the breaks to avoid a collision. However, Acura incorporates this feature into cruise control to make highway driving even easier. Both vehicles also have technologies for lane changing. BMW’s Lane Departure Warning will sound an alert or vibrate the steering wheel should you try to change lanes when the vehicle detects a car in your blind spot. But Acura goes one step further again with its Lane Keeping Assist System that will actually help you steer back into your lane if you drift without using a turn signal.

See How the Acura Outshines the BMW for Yourself

It’s not hard to see that Acura builds off of the same feature set BMW offers and provides more services for your convenience. These advantages are only the beginning for the 2015 Acura MDX. To try the vehicle for yourself, head to Rizza Acura.