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Compare the2023 BMW XMVS 2023 Lexus RX

2023 BMW XM
2023 Lexus RX

Safety

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The XM’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The RX doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the XM. But it costs extra on the RX.

To help make backing out of a parking space safer, the XM has standard Cross Traffic Warning with braking function with automatic braking, systems which detect vehicles approaching from the sides and can automatically apply the brakes to prevent a collision. Parking Support Brake costs extra on the RX.

Both the XM and the RX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

The BMW XM weighs 1313 to 1908 pounds more than the Lexus RX. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The XM’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the RX’s (12 vs. 6 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the XM for 2 years and 26000 miles longer than Lexus pays for maintenance for the RX (3/36,000 vs. 1/10,000).

There are over 44 percent more BMW dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the XM’s warranty.

Engine

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The XM’s 4.4 turbo V8 hybrid produces 398 more horsepower (644 vs. 246) and 357 lbs.-ft. more torque (590 vs. 233) than the RX 350h’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid. The XM’s 4.4 turbo V8 hybrid produces 369 more horsepower (644 vs. 275) and 273 lbs.-ft. more torque (590 vs. 317) than the RX 350’s standard 2.4 turbo 4-cylinder. The XM’s 4.4 turbo V8 hybrid produces 278 more horsepower (644 vs. 366) and 184 lbs.-ft. more torque (590 vs. 406) than the RX 500h F Sport Performance’s standard 2.4 turbo 4-cylinder hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The XM can travel with zero emissions for 31 miles. The RX has to start its internal combustion engine after only .6 miles.

Both the XM and the RX have a standard automatic start/stop engine feature to stop unnecessary fuel waste and pollution at stoplights and heavy traffic. All XMs have a standard disable switch for the system, so a driver can keep the engine from shutting off when the vehicle stops temporarily. The RX 350h/500h doesn’t offer a way to disable start/stop.

The XM has a gallon more fuel capacity than the RX 350h/500h’s standard fuel tank (18.2 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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The XM’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The RX doesn’t offer launch control.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the XM has larger tires than the RX (F:275/35R23 & R:315/30R23 vs. 235/60R19).

The XM’s standard 275/45R21 front and 315/40R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the RX’s standard 60 series tires. The XM’s optional 275/35R23 front and 315/30R23 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the RX’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XM has standard 21-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the RX. The XM’s optional 23-inch wheels are larger than the 21-inch wheels optional on the RX.

Suspension and Handling

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The XM has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The RX doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The rear suspension of the XM uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the RX, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The XM offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Lexus doesn’t offer an active suspension on the RX.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XM’s wheelbase is 10 inches longer than on the RX (122.2 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the XM is 3.1 inches wider in the front and .9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the RX.

The XM’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.1% to 50.9%) than the RX’s (54.7% to 45.3%). This gives the XM more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the XM has a greater minimum ground clearance than the RX 350 (8.7 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the XM to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The XM’s minimum ground clearance is .5 inch higher than on the RX 350h (8.7 vs. 8.2 inches).

Chassis

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The front grille of the XM uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The RX doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The XM has .9 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 2.9 inches more rear legroom and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the RX.

Cargo Capacity

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The XM has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the RX with its rear seat folded (64.3 vs. 46.2 cubic feet).

The XM’s cargo area is larger than the RX’s in almost every dimension:

XM

RX

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

42.5”/77”

40”/76.2”

Max Width

49.9”

55.5”

Min Width

44”

42”

Height

31”

30”

Towing

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The XM’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the RX’s (5952 vs. 0 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the XM is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the RX. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the RX Premium/Luxury/500h F Sport, the XM has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The XM has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the RX.

The XM has standard massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the RX.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the BMW XM has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. Wireless charging costs extra on the RX.

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