2019 Black BMW X5

2019 BMW X5

2019 Red Acura MDX

2019 Acura MDX

2019 BMW X5


2019 Acura MDX
335-hp 3.0L turbocharged V6

Base Engine

290-hp 3.5L V6 engine
7.200 pounds

Maximum Towing Capacity

5,000 pounds
All-Wheel Drive

Standard Drivetrain

Front-Wheel Drive
72.3 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Space

68.4 cubic feet
33.9 cubic feet

Standard Cargo Space

15.0 cubic feet

2019 BMW X5 vs. 2019 Acura MDX

The 2019 Acura MDX offers seating for seven, while the 2019 BMW X5 offers seating for five. In spite of this basic difference, it’s far from uncommon for Normal-area drivers to compare the Acura MDX vs. BMW X5 before settling on a new ride! You might be surprised to learn how close the competition really is, but the X5 wins out in numerous exciting and surprising ways. Get the facts on Acura vs. BMW with a little help from our team.

Acura MDX vs. BMW X5: Performance

As far as performance is concerned, the BMW X5 handily wins out over its challenger. The sole MDX engine option falls far short of the standard set by the X5, and in fact, the only area where they look like near equals is in fuel economy. Take a look at each luxury SUV’s specs, and see for yourself:


  • The BMW comes standard with a 335-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged V6. If you so desire, you can upgrade with a 456-hp 4.4-liter turbocharged V8.
  • All-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission are both standard across the lineup.
  • The base engine delivers 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. With the upgraded model, you’ll get 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway.

Acura MDX

  • The MDX is only available with a 290-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine.
  • Front-wheel drive is standard, but drivers can choose to upgrade with SH-AWD in higher-end trims. A 9-speed automatic transmission is standard.
  • The MDX ekes out a slight advantage with base trim fuel economy of 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway. However, it’s fuel tank is smaller, so you’ll spend the same amount of time at the pump.

Drivers love the SUV segment because at least in theory, these vehicles offer the ability to tow and transport tons of heavy cargo. Here as well, the BMW X5 towing capacity earns it another easy victory. You’ll be able to haul up to 7,200 pounds with the proper equipment, compared to just 5,000 pounds with the Acura.

Acura MDX vs. BMW X5: Interior Dimensions

That said, you don’t have to hook up a trailer to haul lots of cargo with the X5. One would be forgiven for assuming that the three-row Acura MDX can carry more cargo than the two-row BMW X5. However, the BMW X5 interior is actually significantly better at carrying cargo. Take a look at the specs and interior dimensions of both SUVs, right here:


  • The X5 seats five passengers comfortably, offering 39.8 inches of front legroom, and 37.4 inches of rear legroom.
  • Split-folding rear seats are standard. When they’re upright, you’ll have 33.9 cubic feet of cargo space. When they’ve been laid flat, you’ll enjoy 72.3 cubic feet of the same.

Acura MDX

  • The Acura MDX seats seven passengers across its three rows of seating. Although it wins with 41.1 inches of front legroom, it offers less room in the rear row, with just 36.6 inches.
  • With all seats in their upright positions, you’ll only have access to 15.0 cubic feet of storage space. Even with all seats laid flat, your interior cargo storage space will top out at 68.4 cubic feet!

Comparing Acura vs. BMW SUVs, it’s easy to see that BMW knows how to do more, with less. The more you research the Acura MDX vs. BMW X5, the clearer this picture becomes!

Get Behind the Wheel at BMW of Bloomington!

Ready to get behind the wheel of a new BMW X5 for sale near Pekin? Visit BMW of Bloomington today to schedule your test drive or apply for financing. Still doing research? Compare the X5 to the 2019 Audi Q5 or the 2019 Volvo XC90. Then, find out how the X5 measures up against the larger BMW X7.

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