Lexus RX 350 vs BMW X5

Lexus RX 350 vs BMW X5

If the level of refinement in a luxury midsize SUV appeals to you, you may be considering making the 2018 Lexus RX 350 or 2018 BMW X5 your next ride. And, like plenty of other drivers near Bedford, Manchester and Merrimack, you may be wondering which of those vehicles has more of the specs you’re looking for.
Wonder no more! Our Lexus RX 350 vs. BMW X5 vehicle comparisons puts these two car models head to head, so you can decide for yourself. Read our article and contact Ira Lexus of Manchester if you have any questions!


Lexus RX 350 InteriorAs far as interior space, the 2018 RX 350 and 2018 X5 have ample headroom, with dimensions generally in the 39- to 40-inch range in the front and back seats. That’s plenty to keep most passengers comfortable on long rides.
There’s a bit of a divergence when it comes to legroom, though. The RX 350’s 44.1 inches of front legroom significantly outpaces the X5’s 40.4 inches. In the rear, the difference between the Lexus SUV’s 38 inches and the BMW SUV’s 36.6 inches may be the difference between a seat that fits adults and one that is ideal for kids only.


Under the hoods of the base Lexus RX 350 and BMW X5, you’ll find six-cylinder engines (a 3.5L V-6 in the Lexus and a 3.0L I-6 in the BMW) paired with 8-speed automatic transmissions for roughly 300 horses on tap. With that kind of power, you can merge with highway traffic or pass slower drivers in one fluid sweep.
The RX 350 comes standard with front-wheel drive, which is better for traction in snow during those harsh New England winters than the X5’s standard rear-wheel drive. In the RX 350’s front-wheel configuration, the engine weighs over the drive wheels, applying pressure to keep those wheels on the pavement.


Lexus RX 350Advanced technology is part and parcel of what you can expect from a luxury model, and the 2018 RX 350 and 2018 X5 deliver in that respect. Standard features in both include push button start for security and convenience, as well as dual-zone climate control, so driver and front passenger can each set their custom temperature.
Each ride has a highly intuitive, feature-rich infotainment system, sleekly integrated into the dashboard. However, the RX 350’s touchscreen comes quite a bit bigger, at up to 12.3 inches compared to the X5’s max screen size of 10.2 inches. That gives you more swipe capacity and, according to U.S. News and World Report, sharp, crisp and large graphics.


Shoppers near Bedford, Manchester and Merrimack know there are plenty of capable luxury midsize SUVs on the market. A Lexus RX 350 vs. BMW X5 faceoff is difficult to judge, but if you’re searching for traction, legroom and luxury technology, the RX 350 has a lot to offer.
You can SCHEDULE A TEST DRIVE of the 2018 Lexus RX 350 at Ira Lexus of Manchester. Get behind the wheel of this exciting ride yourself!