2020 Lexus RX vs. BMW X5

The 2020 Lexus RX and the 2020 BMW X5 are both luxury crossover SUVs that will transport you and your family safely. The BMW is more performance-oriented, while the Lexus focuses on luxury and passenger comfort.

Luxury & Convenience


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  • Ride comfort: The BMW X5 features dynamic damper control, but even with the available air suspension, road imperfections are transmitted to the cabin. The optimized suspension of the standard Lexus RX provides a strikingly smooth ride. The RX F-Sport models are available with adaptive variable suspension that offers sporty performance while smoothing out any bumps in the road.
  • Seat Comfort: In the Lexus RX, the NuLuxe or the available semi-aniline leather seating offer superb comfort, even on the longest journeys. The standard power-reclining and folding second-row seats ensure the comfort of rear-seat passengers. The Longer RX 350L and RX 450L have a spacious power-folding third row. The front seats in the BMW are firm and supportive, but the rear seats are flat and lack sufficient bolstering, which can make for a little discomfort on twisty roads.
  • Interior Space: The BMW X5 has a roomy cabin and, with the rear seats folded, a generous cargo area. However, wide roof pillars and small mirrors mean visibility is poor. The BMW's wide door sills can also make it tricky to get in and out, especially for taller passengers. The luxurious contemporary cabin of the Lexus RX surrounds you with high-quality materials and craftsmanship. The RX 350L and 450L offer spacious seating for up to seven and six people, respectively, and both feature class-leading maximum cargo capacity.

Safety & Security

  • Driver Assist Features: Brands like Lexus and BMW offer the driver assistance features you'd expect to find in a luxury vehicle. The BMW X5 features standard forward collision warning, city collision mitigation, lane departure warning, and blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert.
  • The Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 is standard on all RX models and surpasses the BMW's features with lane tracing assist, lane departure warning with Steering Assist, all-speed dynamic cruise control, Road Sign Assist, and intelligent high beams. Smart Stop Technology helps prevent accidents if both the brake and accelerator are pressed at the same time. Also standard is Lexus Enform Safety Connect which ensures that help is on the way in the event of an emergency or if your car is stolen.


  • The price of the 2020 BMW X5 starts at a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $58,900, rising to $82,150 for the X5 M50i. The 2020 Lexus RX costs considerably less with an MSRP ranging from $44,150 to $50,460.

The 2020 Lexus RX and 2020 BMW X5 are both superb luxury SUVs, but the unique styling of the RX really makes it stand out from other vehicles in its class. The BMW X5 might appeal to drivers seeking speed and performance, while the Lexus gives you exceptional space and comfort along with a smooth, quiet ride. To see all of the stunning features of the Lexus RX, schedule a test drive today.