2011 BMW X5 vs. Its Competition

2011 BMW X5 AWD 4-door 50i Angular Front Exterior View
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class has as much seating and off-road ability as the X5, and to some eyes, it's more attractive than the BMW.

The Cadillac Escalade brings more glitz than any of these SUVs; also, its smooth powertrain is available in two-mode hybrid form.

The Porsche Cayenne seats just five and is even less inspiring to look at than the X5, though it too handles well.

The Lexus GX 470 offers a bit smaller overall size but most of the features of this class.

The Land Rover Range Rover is a stylish option, though that premium styling comes with a premium price.

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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2011 BMW X5 offers impressive handling and features, but lacks the styling and interior that makes competitors pop, while the X5 M offers nearly sports car levels of performance with all the utility of a standard X5.
8.6
The 2011 Cadillac Escalade delivers solid, luxurious, and spacious accommodations with an advanced feature set. If you can live with the thirst of non-Hybrid models, it's unbeatable.
9.0
The 2011 Land Rover Range Rover is a bit pricey, but it delivers a lot of value, too.
7.8
The 2011 Lexus GX 470 is refined, comfortable, and ready for off-roading or towing; cargo versatility is sorely lacking compared to other SUVs, though.
9.0
A nimble ride and elegant, tough styling help the 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class charm the mud right off a Range Rover.
8.2
The new 2011 Porsche Cayenne is one of the few vehicles you can take off-road and out to the track on the same day; it's leaner and more athletic than before, without giving up the off-road ability.
MSRP From     
$46,300$63,455$78,835$53,045$60,950$47,700
Gas Mileage     
14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Turbocharged Gas I6Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V8Gas V8Turbocharged Diesel V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle 4WD
Style Name     
AWD 4-Door 35i2WD 4-Door Base4WD 4-Door HSE4WD 4-Door4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTECAWD 4-Door Manual
Drivetrain     
All-Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
575775
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door4-Door SUVSport Utility4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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