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2021 BMW X5 vs. 2022 Acura MDX

2021 BMW X5 vs. 2022 Acura MDX

$43,000 MSRP

Base Engine

$59,400 MSRP
5 passengers

Max Towing

5-7 passengers

RWD Standard

RWD Unavailable
21 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

Fuel Economy

19 mpg city / 26 mpg highway



If you’re dreaming of a new luxury SUV for your Bloomington commute, compare the 2022 Acura MDX vs. 2021 BMW X5. Both are excellent SUVs, but they have some significant differences. Although only the MDX offers seating for seven passengers as standard, the 2021 BMW X5 gives you the option to add a third row–and it’s the clear winner in nearly every other important category. 

Learn more in this Acura vs. BMW X5 comparison from your friends at Motorwerks BMW, and then contact us to explore the BMW X5 interior and take one of our models for a test drive.

Acura vs. BMW X5: Engine Performance

St Paul drivers adore their luxury SUVs, and the BMW X5 is a favorite. When comparing the engine performance of the Acura MDX vs. BMW X5, the X5 has a clear edge. The only category where the two models are somewhat equal is in MPG, and even here, the X5 does better in the city. Compare Acura vs. BMW SUVs on engine specs below, and you’ll see why the BMW X5 easily outperforms the MDX:

2021 BMW X5

  • The X5 comes standard with a 335-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, and gives you the ability to upgrade to a 456-hp 4.4-liter turbocharged V8.
  • You can also choose the new plug-in hybrid powertrain to enjoy up to 389 hp and up to 50 MPGe.
  • All-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission are both standard on the 2021 BMW X5.
  • The base engine provides 21 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway.

2022 Acura MDX

  • The 2022 Acura MDX is only available with a 290-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine.
  • Front-wheel drive with 10-speed automatic transmission is standard on the MDX. All-wheel drive is available.
  • Although the two models get comparable highway fuel economy, the gas tank is smaller in the MDX. This means you’ll have to stop at gas stations more often when you’re driving through Minneapolis or Bloomington.

If it’s power you’re after, you should know that the X5 retains its advantage in other important comparisons. Find out how the X5 fares against the Volvo XC90 or the Audi Q7! We’re sure you’ll see exactly what we mean.

Acura vs. BMW X5: Towing Capacity

If you need to tow ATVs, a boat, or an RV out to Richfield, the BMW X5 towing capacity is impressive–and more importantly, substantially higher than the capacity of the MDX! The BMW X5 towing capacity reaches as high as 7,200 pounds, while the Acura MDX can only tow 5,000 pounds!

Acura MDX vs. BMW X5: Interior

Despite the fact that the MDX offers three rows of seating as standard, it offers roughly the same amount of cargo space as the BMW X5. What’s more, with or without the optional third row bench seat, the X5 wins out on second-row legroom and maximum cargo space:

2021 BMW X5

  • The BMW X5 interior comfortably seats five passengers, providing 39.8 inches of front legroom and 37.4 inches of rear legroom. You can add a third row of seating if you need more space for passengers.
  • Split-folding rear seats are standard in the X5. Upright rear seats allow you to access up to 33.9 cubic feet of cargo space. When the seats are folded down, you get a remarkable 72.3 cubic feet of cargo space!

2022 Acura MDX

  • The Acura MDX seats seven passengers with three rows of seating. The first row has 41.1 inches of front legroom, but the rear row only provides 36.6 inches of legroom.
  • When the MDX seats are upright, they provide only 15.0 cubic feet of storage space. Folding all the seats down allows you to access up to 71.4 cubic feet of space, but this is still less than you’ll get with the X5.

Get Behind the Wheel of a New BMW X5 at Motorwerks BMW

When you compare the luxury SUVs of Acura vs. BMW, it’s clear that the BMW X5 is the best value. That’s why BMW is known as the Ultimate Driving Machine®! The more you research these two SUVs, the more you’ll love what the BMW X5 has to offer. 

Visit Motorwerks BMW to see the BMW X5 interior in person and go for a test drive. You can even save yourself some time and apply for financing online.

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