2014 Acura MDX vs BMW X5
The 2014 Acura MDX and the 2013 BMW X5 are both competing for similar segments of the marketplace: those looking for a spacious sports utility vehicle that is upscale in feel, powerful in performance, and packed with an impressive array of features. In other words, a luxury SUV. If you are having trouble deciding between these two luxury SUVs, a look at the facts will help the decision become much easier to make.
Both of these SUVs offer formidable power, with the MDX’s 3.5 liter V6 engine slightly edging out the X5’s turbocharged 3.0 liter engine. Both SUVs offer solid acceleration and surprisingly good handling for larger vehicles. Acura buyers have the option of opting for either all wheel or front wheel drive.
Acura has streamlined their instrument panel for a more user friendly control experience in the 2014 MDX. The new steering wheel controls are a welcome addition. Both the Acura and the BMW have roomy interiors with a good deal of cargo space. However, the third row of the BMW tends to feel cramped for most passengers.
An upgrade to the MDX’s Technology and Entertainment Package will be a more than worthwhile investment for most drivers, with features such as a 529 watt stereo system, rear entertainment system (with 9 inch display screen), and wireless headsets so passengers can enjoy their entertainment without bothering the driver. The X5 also has a slew of options, including smartphone app integration and HD radio, but these options significantly inflate the already substantial price of this BMW.
The BMW X5’s mileage varies depending on trim level. The popular X5 xDrive35i gets 16 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway – fairly typical for 2013 X5 variants. The all-wheel drive MDX fairs slightly better with 18 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway. The front wheel drive MDX gets even better mileage, with 20 mpg/city and 28 mpg/highway.
While both of these luxury SUVs have a good deal to offer consumers, the 2014 Acura MDX has an edge on the BMW in terms of performance, features, and efficiency – especially for the price.
“Based on 2014 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 only), and other factors.”