2016 BMW X5 vs. 2016 Lexus RX: Head to Head

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Which Should You Buy?

 The luxury midsize class is one of the most competitive classes in the contemporary auto market. Comprising mostly two-row, five-seat SUVs built on car platforms (as opposed to truck platforms), this class includes a wide range of performance capabilities and prices.

The 2016 BMW X5 and 2016 Lexus RX are tied for No. 5 in our luxury midsize SUV rankings, though for different reasons. Auto journalists laud the 2016 X5 for its athletic handling, powerful engines, and comfortable, supportive seats – all characteristics familiar to drivers of BMW vehicles, regardless of classification.

The 2016 RX represents the Lexus brand faithfully as well, drawing high marks for its well-built interior, smooth ride, excellent reliability, and high safety scores. It was a finalist for our 2016 Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for the Money.

So which one is the right choice? In this battle, it comes down to a matter of taste. Read on to find out why.