2018 BMW X5 vs Acura MDX

Drivers across Manhattan, including the Bronx and Queens areas, look for something very specific when they choose a luxury crossover sport utility vehicle. While there are plenty of entries in the field, the BMW X5 and the Acura MDX are both outstanding representatives of what you can expect from the finest in the sector.

 Of course, no two vehicles are exactly the same, and when you put the two up against one another, one has to come out on top. Explore the results when we directly compare the 2018 BMW X5 and the new model of Acura MDX, so you can choose the best crossover SUV today. If you’d like to learn more, reach out to our team.

BMW X5 vs Acura MDX

This year, the 2018 BMW X5 carries over pretty much unchanged from the 2017 model year, which is good news to those in love with last year’s model; after all, it set the standard for style, performance, and comfort, and it continues to do so this year. The Acura, on the other hand, does some work to catch up in areas of luxury and offerings, including an upgraded infotainment system with capacitive touchscreen and standard Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone app integration.

Standard Features

Aside from the upgraded infotainment system, the Acura has less to offer than the BMW does. BMW has, for a long time, been one of the leaders in establishing the definition of a luxury vehicle. It comes standard with a number of standard features that the Acura simply cannot offer, including fog lights, HID headlights, automatic windshield wipers, parking assist, power folding side mirrors, electrochromatic rearview mirror, GPS navigation, and onboard hands-free communication. You also get the iDrive infotainment system with 10.2-inch display.

While some of these features are available on the MDX, none are standard. The basic standard tech on the new Acura includes only a 7-inch infotainment system with 7-inch display and standard auto dim rearview mirror.

Both vehicles offer power heated seats and an integrated safety suite offering emergency telematics and the like.

Performance Comparison

Of course, a point of importance for any SUV is performance, and while the X5 and MDX have similar engines, the BMW outperforms the Acura. Its 3.0L turbo inline 6 delivers 300 horsepower backed up by 300 lb-ft of torque, while the MDX is driven by a 3.5L V6 putting out only 290 horses with a mere 267 lb-ft in torque.

The new X5 also features a double-wishbone suspension in front with multi-link rear suspension, as compared to the MDX’s front strut suspension. This translates directly to a smoother, more comfortable ride from the BMW entry than you’ll get from the Acura.

Test Drive the BMW X5 at BMW of Manhattan

If you’re in the Manhattan area, from the Bronx to Queens, you’ll love the performance and experience you get from driving the 2018 BMW X5. It outperforms the Acura in terms of base features and performance, making it the superior crossover luxury SUV. Stop into BMW of Manhattan today to find out how you can get into the cabin to take a test drive.