2011 BMW X5 vs. Its Competition

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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
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.
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.
The 2011 Land Rover Range Rover is a bit pricey, but it delivers a lot of value, too.
A nimble ride and elegant, tough styling help the 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class charm the mud right off a Range Rover.
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    
Gas Mileage    
12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Diesel I6Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V8Turbocharged Diesel V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle 4WD
Style Name    
AWD 4-Door 35d2WD 4-Door Base4WD 4-Door HSE4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTECAWD 4-Door Manual
All-Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 DoorSport Utility4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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