2022 BMW X5 vs. 2022 Lexus RX Comparison

Lexus introduced the RX midsize crossover SUV back in 1998. BMW launched the X5 in 2000. This was long before most consumers had made the switch from cars to SUVs, but in retrospect, it was a brilliant corporate strategy. The BMW X5 and Lexus RX now have tremendous name recognition. BMW and Lexus sell lots of them.

If you're shopping for a midsize luxury SUV, you certainly will want to consider the Lexus RX and BMW X5. Here's a 2022 BMW X5 vs. 2022 Lexus RX comparison to help you zero in on the differences that matter to you.

Price and Value

2022 Lexus RX 450h Blue Front Quarter View

2022 Lexus RX 450h

A midsize premium SUV, the 2022 BMW X5 has standard seating for five. An optional third-row seat increases capacity to seven, but this will be an occasional-use third row for most families. (BMW sells the X7 for consumers needing an everyday 3-row SUV.) The 2022 X5 ranges in price from $59,400 to $105,900, not including the $995 destination charge.

The 2022 BMW X5 comes in four basic models. There's a base 6-cylinder model that comes in rear-wheel-drive X5 sDrive40i and all-wheel-drive (AWD) X5 xDrive40i versions. Next is the BMW X5 xDrive45e plug-in hybrid (PHEV), which combines a 6-cylinder engine with an electric motor and a battery pack. All-wheel drive is standard on the plug-in hybrid X5. Shoppers seeking more performance can go with the V8-powered X5 M50i. For those with more extreme tastes, there's the high-performance BMW X5 M.

BMW offers a wide range of connected services on the 2022 BMW X5, including remote access features (lock the doors, start the engine, etc.), live emergency assistance, concierge services, digital key access, and even a drive recorder. There's also a Wi-Fi hotspot. You'll need to set up a BMW Connected Drive account to manage your services.

Scheduled maintenance is on the house for the first three years or 36,000 miles that you own a BMW X5.

The 2022 Lexus RX also has standard seating for five. The modestly longer Lexus RX L has three rows of seats and can accommodate seven. Most owners will find the small third row impractical for everyday use, so realistically, the RX L is a Lexus RX with a more useful cargo area. Pricing on the 2022 RX ranges from $45,320 to $51,410, not including the $1,075 destination charge.

The Lexus RX comes in RX 350, RX 350 F Sport, RX 350L, RX 450h, RX 450h F Sport, and RX 450hL models. The RX 350 models have a V6 engine and give you a choice between front-wheel drive (FWD) and AWD. The RX 450h models are conventional hybrids without plug-in capability. They combine a V6 engine with three electric motors and a battery pack. The hybrid RX models have standard AWD, although they achieve that via front- and rear-drive electric motors rather than a conventional driveshaft as on the non-hybrid versions.

The F Sport versions of the 2022 Lexus RX feature a sport-tuned suspension and numerous cosmetic touches. The optional Handling package provides further upgrades, including adaptive suspension damping and recalibrated steering.

Connected services on the 2022 RX include remote access, automatic collision notification, rapid access to emergency and roadside services, concierge services, and Wi-Fi.

Lexus provides two complimentary scheduled maintenance visits during your first 12 months of ownership. The Lexus RX ranks highest among midsize premium SUVs in the J.D. Power 2020 Resale Value Awards.

Advantage: Lexus RX

Reliability and Quality

2022 BMW X5 Black Vermilion Edition Black Front Quarter View

2022 BMW X5 Black Vermilion Edition

The BMW X5 does not rank among the top three midsize premium SUVs in either the J.D. Power 2021 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) or the 2021 Initial Quality Study (IQS). The 2022 BMW X5 comes with the following warranty and roadside assistance coverage:

  • Standard warranty: 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty: 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • Hybrid battery warranty: 8 years or 80,000 miles (10 years or 150,000 miles in California emissions states)
  • Roadside assistance: 4 years and unlimited mileage

The Lexus RX ranks third among midsize premium SUVs in the 2021 VDS and highest in the 2021 IQS. The 2022 Lexus RX comes with the following warranty and roadside assistance coverage:

  • Standard warranty: 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty: 6 years or 70,000 miles
  • Hybrid system warranty: 8 years or 100,000 miles
  • Hybrid battery warranty: 10 years or 150,000 miles
  • Roadside assistance: 4 years and unlimited mileage

Advantage: Lexus RX

Performance and Efficiency

2022 Lexus RX 350 Interior Dashboard

2022 Lexus RX 350

Most X5 buyers stick with this midsize luxury SUV's base inline 6-cylinder engine. Standard on the 2022 BMW X5 sDrive40i and xDrive40i, this turbocharged 3.0-liter engine is rated at 335 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard, as is a 48-volt electrification system that powers the X5's electrical system, provides a slight acceleration boost when needed, and smooths out the operation of the automatic engine stop/start system. On the plug-in hybrid BMW X5 xDrive45e, the inline-6 engine joins forces with an electric motor to deliver a combined 389 hp.

Next up is the sporty 2022 X5 M50i model. It uses a turbocharged, 4.4-liter V8 engine that makes 523 hp and 553 pound-feet of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard, along with upgraded suspension and brakes. The 2022 BMW X5 50i will hit 60 mph in a claimed 4.1 seconds.

If you're looking to break 4 seconds to 60 mph, you'll need the 2022 BMW X5 M. It uses a special version of the turbocharged V8 modified by BMW's M performance division. In base trim, the X5 M's V8 generates 600 hp and 553 pound-feet of torque. The optional Competition package takes it to 617 hp. A performance-tuned 8-speed automatic transmission with multiple shift modes is standard, and the AWD system biases engine torque to the rear wheels. Top speed is limited to 155 mph.

With the optional tow hitch, most versions of the 2022 BMW X5 have a 7,200-pound tow rating. The X5 PHEV is limited to 5,925 pounds.

The 2022 X5 sDrive40i and xDrive40i rate 23 mpg in combined city and highway driving. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the X5 xDrive45e plug-in hybrid rates just 20 mpg combined but provides an estimated 31 miles of all-electric driving range. The X5 M50i rates 18 mpg in combined driving, while the X5 M rates 15 mpg combined with or without the Competition package.

You have two powertrain options on the 2022 Lexus RX. The RX 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 295 hp and 267 pound-feet of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission handles the shifting. Although the Lexus V6 isn't as powerful as BMW's inline-6 engine, it feels more potent than its ratings suggest. The RX 350 F Sport model makes the best use of the engine's capabilities.

On the RX 450h models, the 3.5-liter V6 engine joins forces with two electric-drive motors. The combined output is 308 hp. An electric continuously variable transmission (eCVT) blends the power sources.

Properly equipped, any 2022 Lexus RX has a maximum tow rating of 3,500 pounds.

The 2022 Lexus RX 350 models rate 23 mpg with FWD and 22 mpg with AWD. The larger RX 350 L rates one less mpg with either drivetrain. The 2022 Lexus RX 450h rates 30 mpg, and the RX 450h L rates 29 mpg.

Advantage: BMW X5

Safety and Driving Assistance

2022 BMW X5 xDrive45e PHEV Interior Dashboard

2022 BMW X5 xDrive45e PHEV

Every 2022 BMW X5 comes standard with essential advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS). This list includes Active Driving Assistant, which includes a forward-collision warning (FCW) system with pedestrian and cyclist detection, and automatic emergency braking (AEB). You also get lane-departure warning (LDW) and a blind-spot warning (BSW) system with rear cross-traffic warning.

You'll want to consider adding the available Driving Assistance Professional package, which adds lane-keeping assistance (LKA), upgraded side-collision avoidance functionality for the BSW system, front cross-traffic warning, and evasive steering assistance with pedestrian detection. This package also provides Level 2 semi-autonomous driving assistance in the form of a traffic jam assist (TJA) system that integrates adaptive cruise control (ACC) with stop-and-go capability and lane centering.

In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) testing, the 2022 BMW X5 earned an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5. It rated 4 stars for frontal-impact crash protection and 5 stars for side impacts. The structurally similar 2021 X5 earned the highest-possible Good ratings in all the crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Still, it wasn't a Top Safety Pick due to a Poor rating for the standard headlights.

Every 2022 Lexus RX comes with the same package of ADAS known as Lexus Safety System+ 2.0. This list includes FCW with AEB. It's also capable of detecting pedestrians in broad daylight and low-light conditions, along with cyclists in daylight. You also get BSW with rear cross-traffic warning, LDW, and LKA as standard. With the standard ACC engaged, there's stop-and-go capability and lane centering (which Lexus calls Lane Tracing Assist).

The 2022 Lexus RX has a 4-star overall NHTSA rating, including 4 stars for frontal-impact protection and 5 stars for side-impact crash safety. The IIHS rated the structurally similar 2021 Lexus RX a Top Safety Pick.

Advantage: Lexus RX

Infotainment and Technology

2022 Lexus RX 350 Red Rear Quarter View

2022 Lexus RX 350

All versions of the 2022 BMW X5 have a 12.3-inch touchscreen interface backed by the iDrive 7 infotainment platform. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration are standard, and the factory navigation system uses over-the-air updates. A Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system is optional. BMW cleverly integrates the standard rear USB ports into the front seatbacks.

Every 2022 Lexus RX comes with an 8-inch touchscreen interface. A 12.3-inch touchscreen is optional. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration is included with both setups. Options include factory navigation and a 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system. Rear USB ports are standard.

Advantage: BMW X5

Comfort and Utility

2022 BMW X5 Black Vermilion Edition Black Rear Quarter View

2022 BMW X5 Black Vermilion Edition

Regardless of trim level, the 2022 BMW X5 has top-quality interior furnishings, and there's more personality to the design than in lesser BMW utility vehicles.

The X5's driver and passenger will enjoy exceptional comfort up front. The second-row bench offers good bolstering, but the seat-bottom cushion is mounted unexpectedly low and lacks thigh support for taller adults. But with the optional 4-zone climate control system, at least everyone will be at their preferred temperature.

Like the original BMW X5, the current version has a two-piece, clamshell-style hatch with a tailgate that folds down. Cargo capacity is competitive for this class, with 33.9 cubic feet behind the second row and 72.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

The dashboard in the 2022 Lexus RX has a more layered appearance that may or may not be to your taste. As in the X5, there are plenty of different interior treatments from which to choose, and materials quality is high. In addition, the RX still has lots of buttons and dials for its controls, and some consumers might prefer that approach.

The first- and second-row seats are equally comfortable. You sit up higher than expected in the back seat, which provides a good view for all. The regular-size Lexus RX has dual-zone climate control only, but the RX 350L and RX 450hL add a third climate zone.

It's hard to compare cargo capacity between these midsize premium SUVs because BMW and Lexus use different measurement standards. Measured by the SAE standard, the standard RX offers a maximum cargo volume of 32.7 cubic feet, while the RX L offers 58.5 cubic feet. Although the X5 still offers a larger cargo hold, the difference is not as significant as the numbers make it appear.

Advantage: Neither

Schedule some test drives to determine your favorite.

Learn More About the BMW X5 and Lexus RX

If you'd like to learn more about these compact premium SUVs, be sure to read our expert reviews of the 2022 BMW X5 and 2022 Lexus RX. To find out how people like you rate models in this segment, be sure to check out our ratings from verified vehicle owners.

Also, please keep in mind that while the information in this article was accurate and valid on September 22, 2021, it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker's website or your local dealership.