Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Acura MDX VS 2015 BMW X5 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Acura MDX

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2015 BMW X5

Safety Comparison

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The MDX’s optional front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The X5 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Acura MDX are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X5 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the MDX and the X5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the MDX its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2014, a rating granted to only 48 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X5 has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

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Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the MDX 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the X5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

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The engine in the MDX has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the X5 have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Acura vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Acura fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 11th.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Consumer Reports the Acura MDX is faster than the X5 s/xDrive35i:

MDX

X5

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

15.7 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the MDX FWD gets better fuel mileage than the X5 sDrive35i (20 city/28 hwy vs. 19 city/27 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the MDX’s fuel efficiency. The X5 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Acura MDX uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The X5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The MDX stops shorter than the X5:

MDX

X5

60 to 0 MPH

136 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The MDX offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the X5, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare or run-flat tires, either of which has mileage and speed limitations.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the MDX is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the X5.

For better maneuverability, the MDX’s turning circle is 4.1 feet tighter than the X5’s (37.6 feet vs. 41.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Acura MDX may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 800 pounds less than the BMW X5.

The MDX uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The X5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The MDX has 1 inch more front legroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the X5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The MDX’s cargo area provides more volume than the X5.

MDX

X5

Third Seat Folded

43.4 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

22.9 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

90.9 cubic feet

66 cubic feet

The MDX’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The MDX offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Consumer Reports rated the MDX’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the X5’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The MDX offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the MDX owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the MDX will cost $1145 to $3600 less than the X5 over a five-year period.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Acura MDX will be $12369 to $13641 less than for the BMW X5.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Acura MDX has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

MDX

X5

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

n/a

Kiplinger’s Awards

2

0

The Acura MDX outsold the BMW X5 by 60% during the 2014 model year.

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