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The BMW X5 and Lexus RX 350 are formidable opponents, both offering buyers a luxurious and performance-driven experience. However, the RX 350 edges the X5 out in several key areas. The biggest of these is cost.

Starting at $68,500, the BMW five-seater SUV is a rather pricey investment. And that’s just the starting price. BMW still makes you climb the trim levels for things like all-wheel drive, leather seats, and a backup camera. Conversely, Lexus offers their SUV for almost $10,000 less and it includes perforated leather seat surfaces, a host of safety technologies and AWD on all models.

In terms of cost, the choice between these two vehicles is clear. You can enjoy a plethora of standard features, luxury amenities, and an elegant interior or you can spend an extra $10,000 ($15,000 for higher models) for the same thing. And if you choose the Lexus RX, why not invest your savings into additional upgrade packages or accessories like a remote starter or winter tires.

Which Should You Be Driving?

Not only is the RX 350 more affordable, it delivers things like a rearview camera and perforated leather seats on the lowest trim levels – no extra cash required. The RX embodies a commanding design and cutting-edge safety features for an affordable cost. It’s luxury without including a hefty price tag for the sake of it.

In terms of cost, the choice between these two vehicles is clear. You can enjoy a plethora of standard features, luxury amenities, and an elegant interior with the RX 350 or you can spend an extra $10,000 ($15,000 for higher models) for the same thing.