2020 Acura MDX vs 2020 BMW X5 | Comparison and Review

2020 Acura MDX vs 2020 BMW X5

Is it time to step up your SUV game? Tired of driving an SUV that looks like all the others on the road? Well now is the time to make a statement and upgrade your ride to a luxury SUV. With top of the line tech, outstanding styling, and high-performance drivability, the 2020 Acura MDX and the 2020 BMW X5 are two great options for you to consider. But which is better? Here we will take a close look at the differences between these two luxury SUVs to determine whether you should go the way of Acura or BMW.


The 2020 Acura MDX

2020 Acura MDX

Obviously, being an Acura dealer, we thought we would analyze our first choice, the 2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD Advance Package. The six-passenger Acura MDX’s wealth of luxurious interior amenities, bold design, and one of the best engines in its class, make it a top contender for the top luxury SUV spot. Three rows of Milano leather. Heated and ventilated front-row seats. Seven USB ports (which outnumber the BMW X5’s three USB ports). Active sound control to lessen the noise of the engine and road, another feature the X5 does not provide to its drivers. 90.9 cubic feet of cargo room (18.6 more cubic feet than what is in the BMW SUV). The Acura MDX is built to be outperform and exceed expectations. These types of standard features in the MDX cost thousands more on the X5.

2020 Acura MDX Interior

Aggressive styling gives way to aggressive power. Under the hood the Acura MDX sports a 3.5-liter V6 engine that offers 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque giving you the get-up and go of a sports car while still maintaining the luxury feel. The MDX also comes standard with AcuraLink giving you valuable insight into how your SUV is performing by sending you notifications on mileage, tire pressure, oil life, and more. Safety is always something to think about and the MDX does not disappoint. Almost all safety features come standard on all MDX models which include a Lane Departure Warning System, a Road Departure Mitigation System, a Lane Keeping Assist System, and more. The only features on standard on the lower trim levels are the blind spot and cross-traffic monitor systems.


The 2020 BMW X5

2020 BMW X5

The X5 is BMW’s stylish and elegant mid-size SUV. Engine performance comes first for the German manufacturer though with the xDrive40i engine which produces 335 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque, a significant increase from the MDX. The X5 can even take it to the next level with its M50i engine upgrade producing an amazing 523 horsepower. Interior wise the X5 comes in a 5-seat or 7-seat configuration to suit your family’s needs and has a gorgeous panoramic sky lounge roof.

2020 BMW X5 Interior

BMW is truly being creative on the technology front with one example being the split tailgate with upper and lower sections that open and close electronically. A clean design and easy operation make the X5 one of BMW’s flagship models helping to usher them into the modern era.


A Side-By-Side Comparison

2020 Acura MDX


2020 BMW X5



AWD $61,200
$56,250 FWD $58,900


3.5L V6 Engine

3.0L I6 Turbo


Automatic Transmission 8-Speed
290 @ 6200 Engine Horsepower (@ RPM)

335 @ 5500-6500

267 @ 4700

Engine Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 330 @ 1500-5200
19 City / 26 Highway / 22 Combined EPA MPG Rating

20 City / 26 Highway / 22 Combined

Super Handling All-Wheel Drive

Drivetrain All-Wheel Drive
Standard AWD Torque Vectoring

Not Available


Paddle Shifters Standard

Safety & Driver Assist


Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control & Motion-Adaptive Steering Standard (w/o Motion-Adaptive Steering)
Multi-View With Dynamic Guidelines Rear Camera



MPG estimates are based on EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery pack age/conditions (hybrid models only) and other factors.
And The Verdict Is?

While both the MDX and the X5 have features that define the vehicle and make them stand out from the crowd both in terms of luxury and performance. But the winner is by far the 2020 Acura MDX. What comes standard on the MDX SH-AWD Advance Package will cost you $20,000 or more to have on the BMW X5. They take the word luxury and figure you can afford the additional cost to get all the coolest and newest features, while Acura on the other hand gives you those coolest and newest features standard and at a price, you can afford.

2020 Acura MDX Blue

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