BMW X5 vs Lexus RX

BMW X5 in the City

In the luxury midsize SUV class, two vehicles that people tend to gravitate toward are the BMW X5 and the Lexus RX. You may be wondering, though, which one would be the right fit for your lifestyle in Stratham, Portsmouth, or Exeter, New Hampshire.

Luckily, the team at BMW of Stratham has created this BMW X5 vs. Lexus RX vehicle comparison. Keep reading to see what each automobile has to offer, then contact us to see your favorite up close and experience it firsthand.

X5 vs RX Cabin Space

BMW X5 Interior 1No matter which midsize SUV you choose, you’ll have more than enough space for yourself and four other people. However, both vehicles also have an optional third row, bumping the seating capacity up to seven.

With the ability to fit so many people inside your car, you’ll want to make sure everyone has adequate space. The 2022 BMW X5 gives you plenty of room, especially up front. With 40.8 inches of front headroom, even taller drivers and passengers will feel comfortable.

The 2022 Lexus RX, meanwhile, provides 39.4 inches of front headroom. As a result, you may feel a bit cramped inside if you’re of a certain height.

There’s also plenty of room inside the BMW X5 for broad-shouldered riders! The front row offers 60 inches of shoulder room, while the second row has 58.1 inches! The RX, on the other hand, only has 57.8 inches of shoulder room in the front row and 57.6 inches of shoulder room in the second row.

You’ll also find more cargo room inside the BMW model, as shown by the following dimensions:

2022 BMW X5

2022 Lexus RX

Behind Second Row

33.9 cubic feet

18.4 cubic feet

Behind First Row

72.3 cubic feet

56.3 cubic feet

Features Inside the BMW X5 vs Lexus RX

BMW X5 DashboardIn addition to spacious cabins, the X5 and the RX have many features to help make your drives more enjoyable.

For instance, they both offer plenty of creature comforts, such as:

  • Heated front seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel

Multi-zone climate controls are available inside the X5 and the RX, too. These climate control systems let you set different temperatures within various zones inside your SUV, so if your passenger likes it cooler and you like it warmer, no one has to compromise! Set both zones and relax while your SUV takes care of maintaining that temperature.

Then, there are the cutting-edge technologies found in both models, such as the iDrive infotainment system with navigation in the X5. Your route is shown clearly on a 12.3-inch display screen, and the maps are automatically updated regularly throughout the year.

The RX has a 12.3-inch screen and navigation system, too. Unfortunately, they don’t come standard but are instead part of an additional technology package.

2022 BMW X5 vs 2022 Lexus RX: Performance Specs

BMW X5 RearThe BMW X5 and Lexus RX handle well on crowded city streets and open highways when it comes to performance. Both have powerful engines under their hoods, which contribute to their excellent performance. However, the BMW X5 has a bit more power under the hood.

The standard engine of the Lexus RX is a 3.5L V6 engine that generates 295 horsepower right out of the gate. However, the BMW X5’s standard engine outpaces the RX immediately with its 3.0L BMW M TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder with an impressive 335 horsepower.

Additionally, the X5 comes with xDrive. This all-wheel drive system will continuously monitor road conditions and redistribute torque when needed. The result is having maximum grip on the road so you can remain in control on slick surfaces. The Lexus RX has its own available all-wheel drive powertrain with similar functionality.

Both SUVs also offer available electric/hybrid options. The Lexus RX has an available hybrid 3.5L V6 engine with a combined 308 horsepower, more than its standard engine.

The BMW X5 has an available 3.0L BMW TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder engine with an integrated electric motor that delivers an impressive 389 horsepower! In fact, the X5 engines don’t stop there. For true sporty performance, there’s an available M engine—the 4.4-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo V-8—with:

  • 600 horsepower
  • 553 lb-ft of torque

This M engine lets you feel like you’re on a racetrack with its sporty power. It works with an 8-speed M Sport STEPTRONIC transmission and Manual shift mode. You can enjoy a more interactive drive with Manual shift mode by changing gears yourself.

BMW X5 vs Lexus RX: Safety Features

BMW X5 DowntownSafety is an important feature when considering your next ride. The BMW X5 and the Lexus RX come equipped with quite a few safety and driver-assist technologies to help keep you safe while you’re on the go. Some of the standard features in both SUVs include:

  • Active Blind Spot Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Speed Limit Info

Active Blind Spot Detection helps detect vehicles in your blind spot. When you’re changing lanes or pulling out of your driveway, this system warns you about cars you might not see.

The Lane Departure Warning system lets you know if you’re unintentionally drifting out of your lane. It uses radar to determine your position within the lane, and if you drift without using a turn signal, it warns you.

Miss the speed limit sign? No problem. Your SUV catches the speed limit information on the sign as you pass by and lets you know so you can stay within the legal limits.

The X5 outdoes the RX with the standard Park Distance Control system. This helps you nail those tight parking spaces by warning how close you are to an object as you back up or pull forward. This is available on the RX but does not come standard as it does on the BMW X5.

2022 BMW X5 vs 2022 Lexus RX: Verdict

Although the 2022 Lexus RX is an impressive vehicle, the 2022 BMW X5 comes out on top in this comparison when we look at performance, interior space, and both interior and safety features. Read our full review of the 2022 BMW X5 for even more information.

If you want to experience this luxury midsize SUV for yourself near Stratham, Portsmouth, or Exeter, NH, don’t wait. Schedule a test drive at BMW of Stratham today!