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2011 BMW X5

2011 BMW X5

2011 BMW X5

The 2011 BMW X5 ranks 12 out of 17 Luxury Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of 67 published reviews and test drives of the BMW X5, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.


The BMW X5 continues to offer superior driving dynamics and a plush interior. For 2011, new gasoline engines give it more power and better fuel economy than before. Though it costs slightly less than the outgoing model, it’s still pricey for its class.

The refreshed 2011 X5 starts at $46,675, which is over $1,000 less than the 2010 model. However, that’s still a lot compared to the X5’s competitors — especially when you consider that higher trims like the V8-powered xDrive50i start at nearly $60,000. But if you value a sporty, luxurious ride above all else, the price premium may be worth it. With an optional third row and seating for seven, the X5 can even function as an upscale family hauler.

“Exercise caution with the options list, and the X5 can still be had for a reasonable price — well, reasonable compared with the rest of the luxury-SUV flock,” writes Car and Driver. “And like its begotten offspring, the X6, the X5 remains a surprisingly agile and entertaining way to transport the family. The new, more powerful engines will only enhance its appeal.”

Not only are the new engines more powerful, but they’re expected to be much more efficient. While the 2010 X5 had only an average base fuel economy rating, the new model is expected to get two more miles per gallon in the city and three more on the highway. That makes its estimated 17/25 city/highway rating one of the best in the entire luxury midsize class. Another advantage the X5 enjoys over competitors is a standard xDrive all-wheel drive system.
Other Luxury SUVs to Consider

Those who can do without German driving dynamics may want to consider the more reasonably priced Acura MDX. It starts at around $4,400 less than the X5 and comes with a spacious three-row interior and smooth handling. It also gets a standard all-wheel drive system, but its fuel economy can’t compete with the X5’s increased ratings.

The Lexus RX 350 is another good option because it will save you money and even a little gas. It’s one of the least expensive and best rated SUVs in its class and boasts an 18/25 mpg rating. It doesn’t offer a third-row seat, but its cabin controls are more intuitive than those in both the Acura and BMW. The real draw, however, is the RX’s affordable price — it will save you around $9,000 as compared to the base X5.
Details: BMW X5

In addition to slightly revised styling and two new gasoline engines, the 2011 BMW X5 comes with the latest version of BMW’s iDrive system. It also offers new options, such as Active Cruise Control and a lane departure warning system.

Source: usnews.rankingsandreviews

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