2011 Toyota
Tacoma Double Cab
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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Average power
300 HP @ 5,800 RPM
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OK brakes
Disc
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Best suspension
Independent
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Paddle shifters
Standard
2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

8.7

starting from

$22,675

Reasons to buy the Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
9.3"
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Very inexpensive
$22,675
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More airbags
6
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Average city fuel efficiency
19 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.6
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 Tacoma Double Cab
  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the X5 xDrive35i; optional upgrade on the Tacoma Double Cab
  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the X5 xDrive35i
Performance 10.0 vs 7.6
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 Tacoma Double Cab
  • 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 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Winner: Tacoma Double Cab
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  • The best price we've seen is $25,400 cheaper (2.1x less), $22,675 vs $48,075
  • Gets around 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 19 mpg vs 16 mpg
Safety Features 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Winner: Tacoma Double Cab
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  • The Tacoma Double Cab has 1 more airbag (including Rear Side), 6 vs 5
Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Limited towing capacity
Overall 9.8 vs 8.7

Luxury Features

BMW
X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Toyota
Tacoma Double Cab
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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 Tacoma Double Cab
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keyless entry Standard vs Optional The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the X5 xDrive35i; optional upgrade on the Tacoma Double Cab
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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 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Toyota
Tacoma Double Cab
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Horsepower 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM vs 159 HP @ 5,200 RPM The X5 xDrive35i is of average power, but the Tacoma Double Cab is underpowered
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Number of gears 8 vs 4 The X5 xDrive35i has an extraordinary amount of gears, but the Tacoma Double Cab 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 Tacoma Double Cab
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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 23.0 lb/hp The X5 xDrive35i has OK performance while the Tacoma Double Cab gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs two-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 40.6 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

BMW
X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Toyota
Tacoma Double Cab
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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The X5 xDrive35i has more speakers and the Tacoma Double Cab is OK, too
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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 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Toyota
Tacoma Double Cab
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MSRP $48,075 vs $22,675 The Tacoma Double Cab has a great price, but the X5 xDrive35i is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 19 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The X5 xDrive35i's basic warranty covers lots of miles and the Tacoma Double Cab is OK, too
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The X5 xDrive35i's basic warranty is long lasting and the Tacoma Double Cab is OK, too

Safety Features

BMW
X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Toyota
Tacoma Double Cab
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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 Both have good airbag coverage
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The X5 xDrive35i has good brakes for high-performance driving
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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 None

Road Tests

BMW
X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Toyota
Tacoma Double Cab
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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

Crash Test Ratings

BMW
X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Toyota
Tacoma Double Cab
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 4 stars
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 4 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 4 stars

Practicality

BMW
X5 xDrive35i
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i
2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Toyota
Tacoma Double Cab
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The X5 xDrive35i has lots of passenger seats and the Tacoma Double Cab is OK, too
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Cargo space 75.2 ft3 vs 35.4 ft3 The X5 xDrive35i has OK cargo room, while the Tacoma Double Cab has very little
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front seats Unknown vs 56.0 ft3
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Base payload capacity 1290 lb vs 1235 lb Limited 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 Tacoma Double Cab
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Cupholders 4 vs 6 OK 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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2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350 X5 xDrive35i vs ML350
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i X5 xDrive35i vs X3 xDrive28i
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