2011 Dodge
Journey Express
vs. 2012 BMW
X5 xDrive35i

2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i

9.8

starting from

$48,075
"The eight-speed automatic produces the sort of smooth shifts and quick responses you'd expect"
edmunds.com | talking about the X5's transmission
"The X5 has always put a premium on its handling, however, and for 2011 that doesn't change."
edmunds.com | talking about the X5's handling

Reasons to buy the BMW X5 xDrive35i

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Quite powerful
300 HP @ 5,800 RPM
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.3"
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Paddle shifters
Standard
2011 Dodge Journey Express

8.9

starting from

$22,995

Reasons to buy the Dodge Journey Express

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Very inexpensive
$22,995
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Has 3 rows of seats
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Good city fuel efficiency
19 mpg
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Good highway fuel efficiency
26 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.2
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Winner: X5 xDrive35i
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the X5 xDrive35i's power seats; not available on the Journey Express
  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the X5 xDrive35i
Performance 10.0 vs 8.0
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Winner: X5 xDrive35i
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  • The X5 xDrive35i comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Journey Express
  • The X5 xDrive35i's Twin turbocharger forces more air into the engine, improving power output, Twin turbocharger vs None
  • The X5 xDrive35i has 4 more gears, which can improve performance, 8 vs 4
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.2
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Winner: X5 xDrive35i
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  • The X5 xDrive35i has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 6
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Dodge Journey Express Winner: Journey Express
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  • The best price we've seen is $25,080 cheaper (2.1x less), $22,995 vs $48,075
  • Gets around 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 19 mpg vs 16 mpg
Safety Features 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Dodge Journey Express Winner: Journey Express
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  • The Journey Express has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • People mover
Overall 9.8 vs 8.9

Luxury Features

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X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2011 Dodge Journey Express Dodge
Journey Express
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the X5 xDrive35i's power seats; not available on the Journey Express
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the X5 xDrive35i

Performance

BMW
X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2011 Dodge Journey Express Dodge
Journey Express
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Horsepower 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM vs 173 HP @ 6,000 RPM The X5 xDrive35i is fairly powerful, but the Journey Express is underpowered
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Number of gears 8 vs 4 The X5 xDrive35i has an extraordinary amount of gears, but the Journey Express has very few
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The X5 xDrive35i's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The X5 xDrive35i comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Journey Express
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Air compressor Twin turbocharger vs None The X5 xDrive35i's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 16.5 lb/hp vs 21.9 lb/hp The X5 xDrive35i has OK performance while the Journey Express gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The X5 xDrive35i has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 42.0 ft vs 38.5 ft The Journey Express is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the X5 xDrive35i is quite bad

Entertainment System

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X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2011 Dodge Journey Express Dodge
Journey Express
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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The X5 xDrive35i has more speakers, but the Journey Express has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Cost

BMW
X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2011 Dodge Journey Express Dodge
Journey Express
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MSRP $48,075 vs $22,995 The Journey Express has a great price, but the X5 xDrive35i is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 19 mpg The Journey Express has great city mileage and the X5 xDrive35i is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The X5 xDrive35i's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Journey Express's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The X5 xDrive35i's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Journey Express's is very short

Safety Features

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X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2011 Dodge Journey Express Dodge
Journey Express
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The Journey Express has a good number of airbags, but the X5 xDrive35i is just OK (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system BMW Assist vs Uconnect

Crash Test Ratings

BMW
X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2011 Dodge Journey Express Dodge
Journey Express
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 4 stars
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

BMW
X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2011 Dodge Journey Express Dodge
Journey Express
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0-60 mph 6.4 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 130 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 14.7 s @ 92 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

BMW
X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2011 Dodge Journey Express Dodge
Journey Express
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Passengers 7 vs 7 People mover
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Cargo space 75.2 ft3 vs 67.6 ft3 The X5 xDrive35i has OK cargo room, while the Journey Express has very little
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front seats Unknown vs 55.4 ft3
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Base payload capacity 1290 lb vs 1212 lb Average towing capacity
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The X5 xDrive35i offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Journey Express
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Cupholders 4 vs 8 The Journey Express has a good number of cupholders, but the X5 xDrive35i does not
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Dodge Journey Express 2012 Mazda 5 Touring Journey Express vs 5 Touring
2011 Dodge Journey Lux 2012 GMC Acadia SLE Journey Lux vs Acadia SLE
2011 Dodge Journey Express 2011 Jeep Patriot Journey Express vs Patriot
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350 X5 xDrive35i vs ML350
2012 BMW X5 Premium 2011 BMW 535i X5 Premium vs 535i
2012 BMW X5 M 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 X5 M vs GLK350
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 2011 Acura MDX X5 xDrive35i vs MDX
2012 BMW X5 Premium 2011 Infiniti FX35 X5 Premium vs FX35

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