In this battle of the brands, it's BMW vs. Lexus. Both manufacturers are known for their safety, reliability, and luxury, but as you embark on your next car-buying journey, you may be wondering whose dealership you should stop at first.

Our team at BMW of Birmingham is here to help you decide which luxury brand makes the car that's right for your drives through Birmingham, Irondale, and Hoover, AL. Let's see who comes out on top!










Top Midsize SUV


Lexus RX




2020 KBB Midsize Luxury SUV Best Buy




Active Driving Assistant


Advanced Safety System


Lexus Safety System+ 2.0


Six Awards


2019 J.D. Power Awards


Four Awards


60,000 miles


CPO Mileage Limitation


80,000 miles


Battle of the Midsize SUV: BMW X5 vs Lexus RX

Whether you're taking a business trip or finding your favorite campsite, a midsize SUV from BMW or Lexus will help you find your adventure. If you're looking for the SUV with more power, the BMW X5 comes with a 335-horsepower, 3.0L TwinPower Turbo engine. The 295 horsepower of the 3.5L V6-standard with the Lexus RX-just can't compare.

Both SUVs put all your connective features onto a 12.3-inch touchscreen display. Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ will give you access to your apps and music on the go. The X5 features the user-friendly iDrive 7.0 system. It allows the infotainment system to be operated with the sound of your voice, the touchscreen, or the iDrive touchpad Controller.

If you're still unsure which SUV you should choose, Kelly Blue Book® named the BMW X5 the 2020 Midsize Luxury SUV Best Buy. It beat out models like the Lexus RX and luxury SUVs from several other top competitors.

BMW vs Lexus: Safety

Both BMW and Lexus have been pioneers in the automotive safety game. In fact, most of their vehicles come standard with an advanced suite of driver-assistive features. The Active Driving Assistant equips most BMW vehicles with the following standard safety technology:

  • Frontal Collision Warning
  • Active Blind Spot Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Speed Limit Info

The Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 brings many similar safety features to bare, but you will only get the Active Protection System with BMW vehicles. When it detects an imminent collision, it will prepare the vehicle for impact by automatically tightening safety belts, closing the windows, and activating post-crash braking.

You will have more confidence in crowded parking lots with a vehicle from either manufacturer. Most of their vehicles offer parking sensors in both the front and rear. When maneuvering into a parking space at low speeds, you'll receive an alert when you get too close to an obstacle.

Which Luxury Brand Has the Better CPO Program?

If you're looking for a certified pre-owned luxury car, you're in luck. Both BMW and Lexus require their CPO vehicles to pass a stringent inspection and reconditioning process, so you'll be getting behind the wheel of a reliable pre-owned ride.

You may find that BMW Certified Pre-Owned cars will have a bit more life left in them. They must have less than 60,000 miles on the odometer to qualify for the program. Certified pre-owned Lexus models, on the other hand, can have up to 80,000 miles on the odometer.

The certified pre-owned limited warranties are similar for both brands. They will provide additional protection for a set number of months after the expiration of the new vehicle warranties. Best of all, they offer this protection for an unlimited number of miles, so go ahead-take that road trip.

BMW vs Lexus: What's the Verdict?

Both luxury brands bring comfort and versatility, but if you're looking for a midsize SUV, innovative safety features, or a certified pre-owned vehicle, BMW is the luxury brand for you.

Take your favorite BMW to the streets of Birmingham, Irondale, or Hoover, AL, to see if it's the right fit!

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