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Acura MDX vs BMW X5



  • abmwfanabmwfan Posts: 47
    An old post, but whatever.

    "And he was right in the case of body on frame vs crossover like SUVs (in which lexus was the first------you were wrong and get over it)".

    The X5 is neither body on frame or cross-over. It's built on its own, unique platform. Not a dressed up truck or an over-weight sedan or a luxury SUV built on en economy car platform.

    The X5 was was designed and optimized to be exactly what it is.
  • abmwfanabmwfan Posts: 47
    "I've owned both and have to agree the mdx is better. I just wish my mdx hadn't started smoking from the center console and that Acura hadn't told me it was nothing even though the fire department responded and confirmed the smoke smell."

    Wow. Your MDX caught on fire and you still think it's a better vehicle and more reliable. I would love to hear how you rationalize that.
  • rmccall95rmccall95 Posts: 2
    I owned a 2004 MDX, Touring, which included Nav, Backup cam, CD changer. Purchased used. Just traded it for a *used* 2007 X5 4.8i. This is my third Bimmer. Also own a 530i and a Z3. Am totally sold on BMW. I love the road handling of the Bimmer. The road feel is in a world by itself, at least in comparison with the MDX. After driving the X5, I got back in my MDX, and felt like I was riding on a marshmallow! I did not buy the X5 as a sports car - no 2.5 ton vehicle is going to handle like a roadster! Nevertheless, I really appreciate the road-feel in the BMW. Power in the X5 is more than enough for me! I have had to retrain my right foot, both in terms of acceleration, as well as braking, with the X5. I much prefer the RWD/4WD in the BMW to the FWD/AWD as implemented in the MDX. Granted, I have not had it in the snow yet, that will happen soon enough! Right now, it's 96 outside, and I am using the heck out of the AC.

    The MDX had a much better backup cam than the X5, kinda disappointing, actually, but that is not the primary reason I bought it. I am pleased with the navigation. I am a long-time GPS user, and as such, no factory nav system is gonna totally satisfy me. There are many features on the portable units that I really like. Having it integrated into the sound system, though, does certainly have its advantages.

    I really like the bluetooth implementation in the BMW. I am on call a good deal with my job, and having that hands-free, excellent sounding function, is very welcome to me.

    Comfort in the X5 is, in my opinion, excellent. Towing capability is 50% more with the X5 than what I had with the MDX. While I don't do alot of towing, it's certainly nice to have the power/vehicle structure/handling to do so when the need arises.

    I am very pleased with the switch. If I had driven an X5 before I bought my MDX, I never would have owned an MDX.
  • mrd4mrd4 Posts: 27
    See X5 discussion on
    It look like people are buying X5 made from China. No matter what, for such large purchase and long term investment. Quality and Reliabilty are most important factors also, even X5 overcome MDX on performace somehow, but overall people vote for MDX.
  • JBaumgartJBaumgart Posts: 890
    FWIW Consumer Reports also ranks the MDX No. 1.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Over the past years, 30 or so, I have been so often turned off by the BMW & Mercedes salespersons showroom attitude that I no longer bother going to see the new models.

    So while I would vote the X5 well over the MDX I would still buy the MDX ahead of the X5.

    Given an relatively equal engine power a modern day R/AWD will ALWAYS have more rapid pickup that ANY F/awd vehicle, even the most stellar of those, the SH-AWD system. With R/awd the DBW system gain will cause RAPID engine response, but with the SH-AWD system the DBW gain/response must be compromised in order for the rear clutches to have enough time to reach the proper engagement level for the rate of acceleration commanded.

    Most other F/awd systems with elevated engine power capability ALWAYS compromise the DBW gain in lower gear/speed rates wherein front wheelspin/slip, sometimes DEADLY, is more likely to be encountered.

    Compromises not necessary with R/awd wherein wheelspin/slip, rear predominantly, will be meaningless, often even USEFULL, in a good, proper, driver's hands.
  • la_dudela_dude Posts: 6
    X5 is on the bottom of the list. :)
  • jtbazzjtbazz Posts: 3
    LOL, of course the opinion I gave is subjective. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I also own a BMW sedan and wouldnt trade it for anything in Acuras line but in this instance after driving both SUV's I personally feel the Acura is a better SUV for the price.

    My personal decision was based on test drive and family and friends who had massive problems with their X5's.

    Also, my personal preference is to have a sedan thats sporty and fun to drive and have an suv thats plush and comfortable. I love BMW's and think they are just about the best vehicle out there but this was better for my family and I.

    But thanks for your passion in your response, BMW should hire you! P.S...Its just a vehicle dude dont take this stuff so serious.
  • mrd4mrd4 Posts: 27
    "7 of my 15 BMWs have been X5s and I haven't had a single problem with any of them except for the very first model in 2001."

    Be aware this guy's comments is highly skewed. He owned 7 X5s in past 10 years, which means he only drives each new X5 for less than 1.5 years on average. That's not the usually case we talk about reliability. In long run, X5 does have notorious fame for reliability.
  • lpac1lpac1 Posts: 1
    I own a 2000 Audi S4. I've had it for 11yrs and put on 170kmiles. I've put in about $8,000 in normal maintenance/repair over 11yrs (no accidents.) The original cost of the car was $39k. My thought was that I would drive the S4 for 15yrs. Well I hit a transmission issue and I decided to invest the money into a new car (that could hold a baby seat) vs put in another $4k in repairs into the Audi.
    I went with the 2011 Acura MDX after exhaustively reading reviews and noting that the MDX topped the list in US News, and several Luxury Suv w/ 3rd row comparisons. I'm very happy with my selection. The Acura is plenty fast (0-60 in 6.8sec) and handles well - tuned on the Nurburing circuit. I live in Michigan and drive to surrounding states where there is often a foot of snow on the ground and I am confident the Acura will slice up the snow with aplomb.
    It's a large SUV, it feels smaller than it is and you can really push it to the limits. This video is a good example of such:
    What also helped was my wife has a 2005 Honda Pilot LX with 100,000 miles on it. In 6yrs we spent less than $1,000 on maintenance. The Acura shares the same reliability DNA.
    The Acura MDX - I feel - is really targeted toward people who have a sports car in the garage but need to take the family out on long trips and who want low maintenance costs.

    My plan is that my wife will get the Acura MDX once her Honda hits 200,000 miles and then I'll get back into the sports car market - maybe a Audi TT RS.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    My bet would be that by the time those 6 years elapse for your wife's car to reach 200,000 miles your MDX' transmission will have failed, maybe even twice.
  • uppoouppoo Posts: 2
    Just brought a 2012 MDX and prior to that I've checked out the Audi Q5 & Q7, Lexus RS, Infinity FX35, and drove my friend's 08 BMW X5:

    Q5: Feelings like a different class, more like a X3 instead.
    Q7: Lots of room, very nice exterior, but I've saw coupe of the CPO in the lot, looks like the interior is a bit cheap for the $ and worn out quick.
    Lexus RS: Takes regular gas, a big plus, but the interior dash board reminds me of ......Toyota camry?
    FX35: Best looking and very nice interior, great handling feels like a coupe sports car. But the cargo space and head room is very limited, feel more like a zdx or x6 alike.
    BMX x5: Even I owned a MDX, I've to say that MDX is compatibale except the handling. BMW still feels a bit more "solid" in high speed cursing on highway. Is the badge and the a bit better in handling worth $10,000 more? Not for me. But if I'm look for a $60k+ car, I'd probably look into porsche or Range rover instead.

    In summary, BMW handling is hard to beat, X5 vs. FX35 maybe?
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