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2021 BMW X5 vs. 2022 Acura MDX

Date: March 30th, 2021

2021 BMW X5 vs. 2022 Acura MDX
2021 BMW X5


2022 Acura MDX
335-hp 3.0L turbocharged V6

Base Engine

290-hp 3.5L V6 engine
7,200 pounds

Maximum Towing Capability

5,000 pounds
33.9 cubic feet

Standard Cargo Space

16.3 cubic feet
Rear-Wheel Drive

Standard Drivetrain

Front-Wheel Drive

If you’re searching for a new luxury SUV around Hamilton, the 2022 Acura MDX and 2021 BMW X5 are both excellent vehicles, but they have significant differences. If you need seating for seven, then the MDX is ideal, but the 2021 BMW X5 has the edge in nearly every other category, from engine performance to maximum towing and cargo space. Learn more in this Acura vs. BMW X5 comparison from Princeton BMW, and then contact us to see the BMW X5 interior and go for a test drive.

BMW X5 vs. Acura MDX Engine Performance

Lawrence drivers expect a lot from their SUVs, and the BMW X5 delivers. When comparing the engine performance of the Acura MDX vs. BMW X5, the X5 comes out ahead. The only category where the two models are somewhat equal is fuel economy. Take a look at the Acura vs. BMW engine specs below and decide for yourself:

2021 BMW X5

  • The X5 comes standard with a 335-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, and you can upgrade to a 456-hp 4.4-liter turbocharged V8.
  • Rear-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission are standard on the BMW X5.
  • The base engine provides 21 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.


  • The MDX is only available with a 290-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine.
  • Front-wheel drive with a 9-speed automatic transmission is standard on the MDX.
  • The MDX earns an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, falling a bit short of the X5 fuel economy. 

BMW X5 vs. Acura MDX Towing Capacity

If you need to tow a boat or RV or transport cargo around Hamilton, the BMW X5 towing capacity is ideal and significantly more than the MDX! The X5 can haul up to 7,200 pounds, while the Acura MDX can only tow 5,000 pounds!.

BMW X5 vs. Acura MDX Interior

Not only is the BMW X5 towing capacity impressive, but it also has over twice the cargo room of the MDX. That is surprising to many Hamilton drivers since the MDX has three rows of seats. Compare the Acura vs. BMW X5 interior specs below:

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.
  • Split-folding rear seats are standard. Upright rear seats offer 33.9 cubic feet of cargo space. When the seats are folded down, you get a whopping 72.3 cubic feet!


  • The Acura MDX seats seven passengers with three-row seating. The first row has 41.6 inches of front legroom, but the last row only provides 29.1 inches of space.
  • Seats in their upright positions allow for only 16.3 cubic feet of storage space.

Test Drive a New BMW X5 at Princeton BMW Today

When comparing the luxury SUVs of Acura vs. BMW, it’s evident that the BMW X5 is the “Ultimate Driving Machine!” The more you research these two vehicles, the more you’ll love the BMW X5. Visit us at Princeton BMW to explore the X5 in person. If you’re looking to finance your SUV, you can apply for financing online. What are you waiting for? Contact us today!

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