2011 Infiniti
FX35
vs. 2012 BMW
X5 xDrive35i

2011 Infiniti FX35

10.0

Winner

Infiniti FX35

starting from

$43,495

Reasons to buy the Infiniti FX35

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Moon roof
Standard
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Very sporty performance
13.7 lb/hp
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Comparable turning radius
36.7 ft
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i

9.1

Runner-up

BMW X5 xDrive35i

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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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.3"
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Average cargo space
75.2 ft3
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Paddle shifters
Standard
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Infiniti FX35 Winner: FX35
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the FX35's satellite radio
  • The FX35's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The FX35's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Infiniti FX35 Winner: FX35
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the FX35's standard sun roof
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the FX35
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Infiniti FX35 Winner: FX35
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  • Basic warranty lasts 10,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 50,000 mile
  • The best price we've seen is $4,580 cheaper (around 10% less), $43,495 vs $48,075
Performance 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Infiniti FX35 Winner: FX35
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  • The FX35's power-to-weight ratio is around 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 13.7 lb/hp vs 16.5 lb/hp
  • The FX35 needs more than 10% less space to turn, 36.7 ft vs 42.0 ft
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both posted blazingly fast 1/4 mile times
  • The X5 xDrive35i has lightning fast acceleration, and the FX35 isn't bad, either
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
  • Limited number of cupholders
Overall 10.0 vs 9.1

Entertainment System

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FX35
2011 Infiniti FX35
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i BMW
X5 xDrive35i
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Number of speakers 11 vs 10 Both have more speakers, but the FX35 in particular has a large number
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The FX35's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the X5 xDrive35i does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the FX35's 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 Yes vs No The FX35 has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the FX35; but it's not available at all on the X5 xDrive35i

Luxury Features

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FX35
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the FX35's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the FX35

Cost

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FX35
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X5 xDrive35i
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MSRP $43,495 vs $48,075 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 16 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Both have long-lasting basic warranties, but FX35 in particular is extraordinary
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Longer-lasting basic warranty

Performance

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FX35
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X5 xDrive35i
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Horsepower 303 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM Fairly powerful
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Number of gears 7 vs 8 Plenty of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Standard The X5 xDrive35i comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the FX35
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Air compressor None vs Twin turbocharger 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 13.7 lb/hp vs 16.5 lb/hp The FX35 is a very sporty car, while the X5 xDrive35i is just average
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.7 ft vs 42.0 ft The FX35 is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the X5 xDrive35i is quite bad

Safety Features

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FX35
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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 5 OK number of airbags
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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 None vs BMW Assist

Crash Test Ratings

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FX35
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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FX35
2011 Infiniti FX35
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i BMW
X5 xDrive35i
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0-60 mph 6.8 seconds vs 6.4 seconds The X5 xDrive35i has lightning fast acceleration, and the FX35 isn't bad, either
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Braking distance at 60mph 133 ft vs 130 ft The X5 xDrive35i has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the FX35 is just OK
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1/4 mile 15.2 s @ 95 mph vs 14.7 s @ 92 mph Both posted blazingly fast 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.81 g
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

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FX35
2011 Infiniti FX35
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i BMW
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The X5 xDrive35i has lots of passenger seats and the FX35 is OK, too
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Cargo space 62.0 ft3 vs 75.2 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 58.3 ft3 vs Unknown
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Base payload capacity 1213 lb vs 1290 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 Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 Limited number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

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