MDX: More standard luxury and performance features than BMW X5 for the price

2018 BMW X5 SUV exterior sideview

2018 BMW X5 xDrive 35i

MSRP $59,5001
EPA MPG RATING 18 / 242 
SPEED

8

ENGINE 3.0L I6 Turbo
2019 White Acura MDX SH-AWD

2019 Acura MDX SH-AWD® with Advance Package

MSRP $58,0501
EPA MPG RATING 19 / 262
SPEED

9

ENGINE 3.5L V6
Ready to see where else MDX SH-AWD® with Advance Package outperforms X5? Let's go.
mdx comparison video poster
The Differences are Clear
2018 BMW X5 19
BMW X5 19" Wheels

The X5 has standard 19-inch wheels. You'll have to upgrade for larger wheel options.

BMW X5 19" Wheels

The X5 has standard 19-inch wheels. You'll have to upgrade for larger wheel options.

2019 Acura MDX 20
Acura MDX 20" Wheels

MDX's 20-inch alloy wheels perfectly complement the SUV's dynamic exterior styling.

Acura MDX 20" Wheels

MDX's 20-inch alloy wheels perfectly complement the SUV's dynamic exterior styling.

2018 BMW X5 19
BMW X5 Conventional Headlights

Conventional headlights are standard on the X5, providing a standard illumination experience.

BMW X5 Conventional Headlights

Conventional headlights are standard on the X5, providing a standard illumination experience.

2019 Acura MDX jewel eye LED headlights
Acura MDX Jewel Eye LEDs

MDX’s Jewel Eye™ headlights boast five LED light elements for sharper illumination and more confident driving.

Acura MDX Jewel Eye LEDs

MDX’s Jewel Eye™ headlights boast five LED light elements for sharper illumination and more confident driving.

2018 BMW X5 19
BMW X5 Optional 3rd Row

On the X5, third-row seating is an add-on and only available with the V-8 engine, increasing the price by thousands. The MDX was fully designed for a third row and it shows.

BMW X5 Optional 3rd Row

On the X5, third-row seating is an add-on and only available with the V-8 engine, increasing the price by thousands. The MDX was fully designed for a third row and it shows.

2019 Acura MDX Seating
Acura MDX Standard 3rd Row

MDX with Advance Package has 3 rows of leather seats, including 2nd-row captain’s chairs. Rear seats have separate heat and A/C controls.

Acura MDX Standard 3rd Row

MDX with Advance Package has 3 rows of leather seats, including 2nd-row captain’s chairs. Rear seats have separate heat and A/C controls.

2018 BMW X5 steering wheel
BMW X5 Steering Wheel

A heated steering wheel costs extra on the X5.

BMW X5 Steering Wheel

A heated steering wheel costs extra on the X5.

2019 Acura MDX heated steering wheel
Acura MDX Heated Steering Wheel

MDX's leather-wrapped steering wheel is both stylish and heated.

Acura MDX Heated Steering Wheel

MDX's leather-wrapped steering wheel is both stylish and heated.

2018 BMW X5 19
BMW X5 Single-View Display

X5’s single-view display means you can’t manage more than one function at a time.

BMW X5 Single-View Display

X5’s single-view display means you can’t manage more than one function at a time.

2019 Acura MDX dual display
Acura MDX Dual Display

The MDX's On Demand Multi-Use Display™ lets you easily switch between climate, audio, and navigation settings.

Acura MDX Dual Display

The MDX's On Demand Multi-Use Display™ lets you easily switch between climate, audio, and navigation settings.

2018 BMW X5 76.7 cubic feet of cargo space
BMW X5 76.7 Cubic Feet of Cargo Space

X5 has 14.2 fewer cubic feet of maximum cargo space than MDX.

BMW X5 76.7 Cubic Feet of Cargo Space

X5 has 14.2 fewer cubic feet of maximum cargo space than MDX.

2019 Acura MDX 90.9 cubic feet of cargo space
Acura MDX 90.9 Cubic Feet of Cargo Space

MDX provides plenty of room for supplies and gear with over 90 cubic feet of cargo space.

Acura MDX 90.9 Cubic Feet of Cargo Space

MDX provides plenty of room for supplies and gear with over 90 cubic feet of cargo space.

2019 Acura MDX 4 Door Luxury Midsize SUV With Advance Package

Acura MDX SH-AWD® vs BMW X5 xDrive 35i:
A Triumph of Performance and Comfort

290 Horsepower
SH-AWD® Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™

Comfort should never be optional.

The six-passenger Acura MDX SH-AWD® with Advance Package comes standard with a wealth of luxurious interior amenities that you won’t find on the BMW X5. Front row seats are heated and ventilated. Three rows of Milano leather seats throughout the luxury SUV let everyone ride in comfort. Second-row passengers can relax in two captain’s chairs and customize their climate with their own heating and A/C controls—features that aren’t available for X5. With MDX's seven USB ports to the X5's one, passengers in every row can charge electronic devices. And with 90.9 cubic feet of cargo volume—14.2 more cubic feet than the BMW SUV— the Acura MDX has ample space to stash everyone’s stuff.

Collision mitigation braking system for 2018 Acura MDX SUV

Protection is the Priority

MDX SH-AWD® earns a 5-star NHTSA4 Overall Vehicle Score. AcuraWatch™ safety and driver assistive technology also comes standard, making it one of the most safety-minded SUVs.

Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)10 uses radar and visual signals to help reduce the risk of a collision with a vehicle detected in front of you.

for the win

COMPARABLE MODELS
BMW X5 xDrive 35i
Acura MDX SH-AWD® with Advance Package
AWD Starting At1
$59,500
$58,050
FWD Starting At1
NOT AVAILABLE
$56,050
Comparably Equipped Price3
$65,590
$58,050
PERFORMANCE
3.0L I6 Turbo
3.5L V6
Automatic Transmission 
8-SPEED
9-SPEED
Engine Horsepower (@ rpm) (SAE Net)
302 @ 5800-6400
290 @ 6200
Engine Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) (SAE Net)
300 @ 1200-5000
267 @ 4700 
EPA MPG Rating2 (city / hwy / combined)
18 / 24 / 20
19 / 26 / 22
Drivetrain
ALL-WHEEL DRIVE
SUPER HANDLING ALL-WHEEL DRIVE™
AWD Torque Vectoring
NOT AVAILABLE
STANDARD
Paddle Shifters 
STANDARD
STANDARD
SAFETY & DRIVER ASSIST
Driver's Knee Airbag
NOT AVAILABLE

STANDARD

Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control & Motion-Adaptive Steering5
STANDARD (w/o MAS)
STANDARD
Rear Camera6
SINGLE-VIEW
MULTI-VIEW WITH DYNAMIC GUIDELINES 
Surround View Camera System6
OPTIONAL
STANDARD
Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
OPTIONAL
STANDARD  
Head-Up Warning (HUW)
OPTIONAL
STANDARD
Blind Spot Information (BSI) System7
OPTIONAL
STANDARD
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) System8
OPTIONAL
STANDARD
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System9

OPTIONAL

 

STANDARD
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)12
OPTIONAL
STANDARD 
Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)10
OPTIONAL
STANDARD
Road Departure Mitigation System11
NOT AVAILABLE
STANDARD
Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow13
OPTIONAL
STANDARD
Auto High-Beam Headlights
AVAILABLE WITH PACKAGE UPGRADE
STANDARD
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
Tri-Zone, Automatic Climate Control with Air-Quality Sensor & Air Filtration
STANDARD (DUAL ZONE); OPTIONAL (4-ZONE)
STANDARD
GPS-Linked Climate Control
NOT AVAILABLE
STANDARD
Heated Steering Wheel
OPTIONAL
STANDARD  
Keyless Access System with Smart Entry, Pushbutton Ignition
STANDARD (PUSH BUTTON START); OPTIONAL (KEYLESS ACCESS)
STANDARD
Remote Engine Start
OPTIONAL
STANDARD  
Active Sound Control
NOT AVAILABLE
STANDARD
Second-Row Ride Sunshades (Manual)
OPTIONAL
STANDARD  
Second-Row A/C & Heating Controls
OPTIONAL
STANDARD
AUDIO SYSTEMS
Premium Audio System
9 SPEAKERS
10 SPEAKERS
Pandora Compatibility14
OPTIONAL
STANDARD
Aha™ Compatibility15
NOT AVAILABLE
STANDARD
USB Ports16
STANDARD (1)
STANDARD (7)
MEDIA & CONNECTIVITY
Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto Integration17, 18
OPTIONAL (APPLE CARPLAY™), NOT AVAILABLE (ANDROID™ AUTO)
STANDARD 
Dual-Screen Display
NOT AVAILABLE
STANDARD (ODMD™ 2.0)
Rear-Seat Entertainment System
NOT AVAILABLE
AVAILABLE WITH PACKAGE UPGRADE
12-Volt Power Outlets
NOT AVAILABLE
STANDARD (2)
110-Volt AC Power Outlet
NOT AVAILABLE
AVAILABLE WITH PACKAGE UPGRADE
EXTERIOR
LED Headlights
AVAILABLE WITH PACKAGE UPGRADE
STANDARD
Capless Fuel Fill System
NOT AVAILABLE
STANDARD
Wheels & Tires
19''
20''
INTERIOR
Power Driver's Seat
STANDARD (14-WAY)
STANDARD (14-WAY)
Heated Front Seats
STANDARD
STANDARD  
Ventilated Front Seats
AVAILABLE WITH PACKAGE UPGRADE
STANDARD  
Second-Row Captain's Chairs
NOT AVAILABLE
STANDARD  
Heated Second-Row Seats
OPTIONAL
STANDARD  
Third-Row Seating
OPTIONAL
STANDARD
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
STANDARD
STANDARD
Luxury SUV 2018 Acura MDX on road

Don’t just take our word. Experience MDX for yourself. 

Disclaimer
  • 1  Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes taxes, license, registration/title, optional, or regionally required equipment and destination charge. Dealer prices may vary.

  • 2  Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

  • 3  The indicated feature options were added to the competitor vehicles to determine the Comparably Equipped Price: Executive Package: $2,800
  • Surround View Camera: Included
  • Soft-close automatic doors: Included
  • Parking Assistant: Included
  • Automatic high beams: Included
  • Comfort Access keyless entry: Included
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 1-year All Access Subscription: Included
  • 4-zone automatic climate control: Included
  • Driving Assistance Plus Package: $1,200
  • ACC Stop & Go + Active Driving Assistant: Included
  • Extended Collision Mitigation: Included
  • Luxury Seating Package: $1,350
  • Front ventilated seats: Included
  • Heated Steering Wheel: $190
  • Rear manual side window shades: $250
  • Apple CarPlay Compatibility: $300

  • 4  Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program (SaferCar.gov).

  • 5 VSA is not a substitute for safe driving. It cannot correct the vehicle's course in every situation or compensate for reckless driving. Control of the vehicle always remains with the driver. 

  • 6 Always visually confirm that it is safe to drive before backing up, as the rearview camera and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor (if present) may not provide complete information about conditions at the rear of your vehicle.

  • 7 The system is not a substitute for your own visual assessment before changing lanes; system accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object and speed.

  • 8 FCW cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. FCW does not include a braking function. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions. 

  • 9 LDW only alerts drivers in maintaining proper lane position when lane markings are identified without a turn signal in use and can only apply mild steering torque to assist. LKAS may not detect all lane markings; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road conditions. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions. 

  • 10 CMBS cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. System designed to mitigate crash forces. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

  • 11 Road Departure Mitigation only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use and can apply mild steering torque to assist driver in maintaining proper lane position and/or brake pressure to slow the vehicle's departure from a detected lane. RDM may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

  • 12 LKAS only assists driver in maintaining proper lane position when lane markings are identified without a turn signal in use and can only apply mild steering torque to assist. LKAS may not detect all lane markings; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

  • 13 Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. ACC should not be used in heavy traffic, poor weather or on winding roads. The driver remains responsible for avoiding a collision.

  • 14 Compatible with select smartphones. Your wireless carrier's rate plans apply.

  • 15 Compatible smartphone required. All Aha platform feeds are audible, not visual in nature. Vehicle does not provide any feeds. Some state laws prohibit the operation of handheld electronic devices while operating a vehicle. Launch smartphone applications only when the vehicle is safely parked. Aha is a trademark of HARMAN International Industries, Inc. Your wireless carrier's rates may apply. 

  • 16 The USB Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and control of some current digital audio players and other USB devices that contain MP3, WMA or AAC music files. Some USB devices with security software and digital rights-protected files may not work. Please see your local Acura dealer for details on compatibility. 

  • 17  Depending on use, Apple CarPlay can share certain user and vehicle information (e.g., vehicle location, speed and other operating conditions) with the connected iPhone. See Apple’s privacy policy for details regarding Apple’s use and handling of data uploaded by CarPlay. Use of CarPlay is at user’s own risk, and is subject to agreement to the CarPlay terms of use, which are included as part of the Apple iOS terms of use. CarPlay vehicle integration is provided “as is,” and Honda cannot guarantee CarPlay operability or functionality now or in the future due to, among other conditions, changes in CarPlay software/Apple iOS, service interruptions, or incompatibility or obsolesce of vehicle-integrated hardware or software. See dealer for details.
  • 18 AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic is operable only in select markets within the 48 contiguous United States, as well as Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. The service is available at no cost for three years after purchase whereupon it will continue to be available on a subscription basis. 

  • 18  Depending on use, Android Auto can share certain user and vehicle information (e.g., vehicle location, speed and other operating conditions) with Google and its service providers. See Google privacy policy for details regarding Google’s use and handling of data uploaded by Android Auto. Use of Android Auto is at user’s own risk, and is subject to agreement to the Android Auto terms of use, which are presented to the user when the Android Auto application is downloaded to the user’s Android phone. Android Auto vehicle integration is provided “as is,” and Acura cannot guarantee Android Auto operability or functionality now or in the future due to, among other conditions, changes in Android Auto software/Android operating system, service interruptions, or incompatibility or obsolesce of vehicle-integrated hardware or software. See dealer for details. Only use Android Auto when conditions allow you to do so safely.

  • 19 Based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus floor space between first and second seats and front seats moved forward. This figure compares more accurately with most competitive measurements. 

  • 20 Towing capacity can be increased to 5000 lb. on MDX SH-AWD with dealer-installed accessory.

  • 21 Ordinary maintenance items or adjustments, parts subject to normal wear and replacement, and certain other items are excluded.
2018 White BMW X5 xDrive 35i BMW X5 xDrive 35i
2019 White Acura MDX SH-AWD Acura MDX SH-AWD® with Advance Package
INTERIOR DIMENSIONS
Seating Capacity
5 Standard, 7 Available
6 W/ADVANCE PACKAGE, 7 AVAILABLE 
Headroom (in.) (front / 2nd / 3rd)
40.5 / 38.8 / NOT LISTED
38.1 / 38.3 / 35.6

Shoulder Room (in.) (front / 2nd / 3rd)

60.5 / 58.3 / NOT LISTED
61.1 / 59.1 / 54.7
Hiproom (in.) (front / 2nd / 3rd)
NOT LISTED
57.5 / 57.8 / 40.6
Legroom (in.) (front / 2nd / 3rd)
40.4 / 36.6 / NOT LISTED
41.4 / 36.6 / 28.1
EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase (in.)
115.5
111
Track Width (in.) (front / rear)
64.6 / 64.8
66.3 / 66.3
Length (in.)
193.2
196.2 
Height (in.)
69.4
67.4 
Width (in.)
76.3
77.7
Ground Clearance (in.) (unladen)
8.2
7.3
WEIGHTS & CAPACITIES
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)
NOT LISTED
132.7
Cargo Volume (behind 1st row) (cu. ft.)19
76.7
90.9
Cargo Volume (behind 2nd row) (cu. ft.)19
35.8
43.4
Cargo Volume (behind 3rd row) (cu. ft.)19
NOT LISTED
15.8 
Curb Weight (lb.) 
4,735
4,303
Max Towing (lb.)20
6,000
3,500 – 5,000
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.)
22.4
19.5
WARRANTY
Basic Warranty (years / miles)21
4 / 50,000 
4 / 50,000
Powertrain Warranty (years / miles)21
4 / 50,000 
6 / 70,000 
Corrosion Warranty (years / miles)21
12 / UNLIMITED
5 / UNLIMITED