Lexus RX 350 vs BMW X5

If the level of refinement in a luxury midsize SUV appeals to you, you may be considering the 2021 Lexus RX 350 or the 2021 BMW X5 as your next ride. With either luxury SUV, you’ll have access to plenty of space for your whole family, advanced technologies, powerful performance, and much more.

Like many other drivers near Bedford, Manchester, and Merrimack, NH, you may be wondering which of these vehicles has more of the amenities and features you’re looking for.

Wonder no more! The team at Ira Lexus of Manchester is here to help. Our Lexus RX 350 vs. BMW X5 vehicle comparison puts these two car models head to head so you can decide for yourself. Ready to see which luxury SUV most closely matches the needs of you and your family? Keep reading and contact us with questions.

Lexus RX 350


  • 44.1 inches of front legroom
  • Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Amazon Alexa
  • 39.8 inches of front legroom
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto

RX 350 vs X5: Seating and Interior Space

When it comes to interior space, the 2021 RX 350 and the 2021 X5 offer ample space for you and your family to stretch out comfortably on even the longest trips.


RX 350


Headroom (front/rear)

39.4/39.1 inches

40.7/39.4 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

44.1/38 inches

39.8/37.4 inches

Shoulder room (front/rear)

57.8/57.6 inches

60/58.1 inches

Whether you drive the 2021 RX 350 or the BMW X5, you and your passengers have access to spacious dimensions. Although the headroom and the shoulder room dimensions are similar for these SUVs, there’s a bit of a divergence when it comes to legroom, which is certainly a highly important consideration when buying or leasing a vehicle.

So, if you’re looking for an SUV where both front- and rear-seat passengers can stretch out comfortably, the Lexus RX 350 is the way to go.

Lexus RX 350 vs BMW X5: Thrilling Performance Specs

Lexus RX 350 vs BMW X5Under the hoods of the Lexus RX 350 and BMW X5, you’ll find powerful engines that work hard to make your commutes—even to the grocery store—fun. Under the hood of the 2021 Lexus RX 350 is a 3.5L V6 engine that’s mated with an 8-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission.

Under the hood of the 2021 BMW X5 is a 3.0L BMW TwinPower Turbo engine that’s also paired with an 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission.

With a standard 295 horsepower with the RX 350 and 335 horsepower with the BMW X5, you’re in for a thrilling experience. Plus, with the standard drive mode select system offered with both SUVs, you can make your commute even more exciting with the selectable Sport mode. When this mode is selected, you’ll experience enhanced performance to help you feel like a racecar driver when traveling around town.

Similarly, the standard paddle shifters of both SUVs help enhance this racecar driver feeling.

With their performance capabilities, you’re able to enjoy those smooth daily drives to and from work but also find that extra power on the highway when you need it.

Standard on the RX 350 is front-wheel drive, which can provide better traction in the snow during harsh New England winters thanks to better weight distribution. The X5 carries standard rear-wheel drive.

RX 350 vs X5: MPG

When looking to upgrade your commute with a luxury SUV, one thing you’ll need to take into consideration is how efficient your new ride is. That way, you can spend less time at the gas pump and more time commuting around town.

When comparing the fuel efficiencies of the Lexus RX 350 vs. BMW X5, you’ll be happy to know that both SUVs provide impressive fuel efficiencies:

  • Lexus RX 350 EPA-estimated MPG: 20 city/27 highway MPG
  • BMW X5 EPA-estimated MPG: 21 city/26 highway MPG

Thanks to their similar efficiencies, you can choose either SUV and travel with nearly the same EPA-estimated MPG. Plus, since both the RX 350 and the BMW X5 come standard with selectable drive modes, you can select ECO mode to get the most out of your fuel efficiency.

When selected, this system will make automatic adjustments to your vehicle’s performance—like throttle response and climate—to help conserve fuel.

Lexus RX 350 vs BMW X5: Advanced Tech Features

Lexus RX 350 vs BMW X5Top-notch technology is what you expect out of a luxury SUV, and the 2021 RX 350 and the X5 know how to deliver. Standard features include push-button Start/Stop for security and convenience. But a fast and convenient way to start and stop your luxury SUV isn’t all these SUVs have to offer.

Other similar amenities include:

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio All Access trial
  • HD Radio™

These standard features give you lots of ways to stay entertained while on the go. Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ make it possible to seamlessly connect your smartphone to your multimedia touchscreen for easy access to your phone’s music.

Want to discover something new? Both SUVs come with an All Access trial to SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, where you can listen to more than 150 channels of music, news, and sports. Or you can turn on HD Radio™ and find your new favorite songs while on the go.

One feature that comes standard with the Lexus RX 350 that isn’t offered with the BMW X5 is Amazon Alexa. This feature lets you synch your Alexa account to your SUV so you can find points of interest and listen to your Amazon music.

You can also connect your smart device to your SUV and adjust smart home features or let your family know you’re almost home. You can also remotely start your SUV from home by using your device!

Lexus RX 350 vs BMW X5: Advanced Safety

Having a comfortable, powerful commute is fun, but Lexus and BMW know that safety is the most important thing. That’s why both the 2021 RX 350 and the BMW X5 come equipped with advanced safety features to help you feel confident behind the wheel.

A series of cameras and sensors monitors a range around your SUV and alerts you to potential hazards with an audible and/or visual alert. Under certain circumstances, some features may even provide automatic intervention if there’s no reaction to the warning.

Similar safety features found with both the RX 350 and the X5 include:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Intelligent High Beams

Both models also allow your SUV to read speed limit signs and project this information onto your dashboard display. However, that’s all the BMW X5 can do. The Lexus RX 350, on the other hand, is equipped with Road Sign Assist, so more than speed limit signs are monitored.

The Road Sign Assist feature with the RX 350 also can scan for stop, yield, Do Not Enter, and more signs. That way, even in unfamiliar areas, you can feel comfortable.

Lexus RX 350 vs BMW X5: The SUV Winner

Shopping for a car near Bedford, Manchester, or Merrimack, New Hampshire? Both the 2021 Lexus RX 350 and the BMW X5 offer a variety of features needed to enhance your travels, but you can only choose one vehicle.

After reading through our Lexus RX 350 vs. BMW X5 comparison, you can see the RX 350 is the superior midsize SUV. Ira Lexus of Manchester sales professionals are standing by, ready to assist you here at our dealership. Contact us for your RX 350 test drive today!