BMW X3 Ultimately Underperforms RDX

2021 White BMW X3 xDrive 30i

2021 BMW X3 xDrive 30i

MSRP $45,000
ENGINE 2.0L
Turbo
SPEED 8
HORSEPOWER 2482
2021 Red Acura RDX SH-AWD

2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD®

MSRP $40,4001
ENGINE 2.0L
Turbo
SPEED 10
HORSEPOWER 2722
The Differences are Clear
2021 BMW X3 Standard 18 inch wheels

BMW X3 18" Wheels

BMW X3 has standard 18-inch wheels. You'll have to upgrade for larger wheel options.

BMW X3 18" Wheels

BMW X3 has standard 18-inch wheels. You'll have to upgrade for larger wheel options.

2021 Acura RDX 19 inch wheels

Acura RDX 19" Wheels

19-inch alloy wheels on RDX perfectly complement the SUV's dynamic styling.

Acura RDX 19" Wheels

19-inch alloy wheels on RDX perfectly complement the SUV's dynamic styling.

2021 BMW X3 Standard Conventional Headlights

BMW X3 LED Headlights

LED headlamps with two light elements are standard on the BMW X3.

BMW X3 LED Headlights

LED headlamps with two light elements are standard on the BMW X3.

2021 Acura RDX Jewel Eye 7 LED Headlights

Acura RDX Jewel Eye LEDs

The stylish Jewel Eye® headlights on RDX boast seven LED light elements for sharper illumination and confident driving.

Acura RDX Jewel Eye LEDs

The stylish Jewel Eye® headlights on RDX boast seven LED light elements for sharper illumination and confident driving.

2021 BMW X3 10-Way Power Seats

BMW X3 10-Way Power Seats

You won't find heated front seats on the BMW X3 for the base price.

BMW X3 10-Way Power Seats

You won't find heated front seats on the BMW X3 for the base price.

2021 Acura RDX Heated 12-Way Power Seats in Tan Leather

Acura RDX Heated 12-Way Power Seats

The front sport seats on RDX are heated for premium comfort and offer 12-way power adjustability.

Acura RDX Heated 12-Way Power Seats

The front sport seats on RDX are heated for premium comfort and offer 12-way power adjustability.

2021 BMW X3 Conventional Center Console

BMW X3 Conventional Center Console

X3 features a conventional console area with expected storage options.

BMW X3 Conventional Center Console

X3 features a conventional console area with expected storage options.

2021 Acura RDX Interior Floating Center Console

Acura RDX Floating Center Console

A high-deck floating center console in the RDX looks great and offers unique storage possibilities.

Acura RDX Floating Center Console

A high-deck floating center console in the RDX looks great and offers unique storage possibilities.

2021 RDX 10 Speed Automatic Featured Special Lease
$409

per month for 36 months $2,999 total due at signing

2021 RDX Offers

Includes down payment with no security deposit. Excludes taxes, titles and either dealer fees or documentary service fee. For well-qualified lessees.

2021 RDX Offers

2021 RDX 10 Speed Automatic Featured Special Lease

$409.00 PER MO./36 MO. $2,999.00 due at lease signing.

Includes down payment with no security deposit. Excludes taxes, titles and either dealer fees or documentary service fee. For well-qualified lessees.

Closed-end lease for 2021 RDX 10 Speed Automatic vehicles (TC1H3MJNW) available from April 1, 2021 through May 3, 2021, available to well-qualified lessees approved by Acura Financial Services. Not all lessees will qualify. Higher lease rates apply for lessees with lower credit ratings. Lease offers vary based on MSRP. MSRP $39,425.00 (includes destination, excludes tax, license, title fee, registration, documentation fee, options, insurance and the like). Actual net capitalized cost $36,327.58. Net capitalized cost includes $595 acquisition fee. Dealer contribution may vary and could affect actual lease payment. Total monthly payments $14,724.00. Option to purchase at lease end $23,655.00.

Must take new retail delivery on vehicle from dealer stock by May 3, 2021. Lessee responsible for maintenance, excessive wear/tear and 15¢/mile over 10,000 miles/year for vehicles with MSRP less than $30,000, and 20¢/mile over 10,000 miles/year for vehicles with MSRP of $30,000 or more. See your Acura dealer for complete details.

Acura RDX:  A Triumph of Performance and Luxury 

272 Horsepower2
10 Speed

The BMW X3 and the Acura RDX both offer impressive comfort and turbocharged performance. But the RDX was recently redesigned, earning it several big advantages. Its VTEC® Turbo 2.0-liter engine boasts 272 horsepower2 and 280 lb-ft of torque3, giving you more muscle than the X3. Torque vectoring, exclusive to the available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), lets you channel that power for improved handling in almost any condition. Standard paddle shifters put control of all 10 gear ratios at your fingertips.

RDX also includes a long list of standard luxury amenities you’ll have to pay extra for on X3. Heated front sport seats with 12-way power adjustment keep front-row occupants warm. An ultra-wide panoramic moonroof is featured on all grades. Class-leading rear cargo space includes nearly two cubic feet of compartmented underfloor storage. And with more legroom and shoulder room than the BMW X3, RDX has plenty of space for everyone to stretch out.

2021 Acura RDX Collision Mitigation Braking Driver Safety System Technology Graphic

Drive With Confidence

RDX earns a 5-star NHTSA5 Overall Vehicle Score. AcuraWatch™ safety and driver assistive technologies also come standard, making it one of the most safety-minded SUVs.

Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) 
CMBS helps alert drivers when a potential frontal impact is detected and can even apply the brakes to help avoid or reduce the collision impact.7

for the win

COMPARABLE MODELS
2021 BMW X3 xDrive 30i 
2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD® 
AWD Starting At
$45,000
$40,4001
FWD Starting At
$43,000 (RWD)
$38,4001
Performance
Engine
2.0L TWINPOWER TURBOCHARGED 
2.0L DOHC VTEC TURBOCHARGED
Engine Horsepower (@ rpm) (SAE Net)2
248 @ 5200
272 @ 6500
Engine Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) (SAE Net)3
258 @1450
280 @ 1600
Automatic Transmission
8-SPEED
10-SPEED
Paddle Shifters
STANDARD
STANDARD
EPA MPG Rating4 (city / hwy / combined)
23 / 29 / 25
21 / 27 / 23
Drivetrain
xDrive All-Wheel Drive 
Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®)
AWD Torque Vectoring
AVAILABLE WITH PACKAGE UPGRADE
STANDARD
Safety & Driver Assist
Rear Camera6
SINGLE-VIEW
MULTI-VIEW REAR CAMERA WITH DYNAMIC GUIDELINES
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) System7
STANDARD
STANDARD
Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)7
STANDARD
STANDARD
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System7
STANDARD
STANDARD
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)7
AVAILABLE WITH PACKAGE UPGRADE
STANDARD
Road Departure Mitigation System7
NOT AVAILABLE
STANDARD
Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow7
AVAILABLE WITH PACKAGE UPGRADE
STANDARD
Comfort & Convenience
Heated Front Seats
OPTIONAL
STANDARD
GPS-Linked Climate Control8
NOT AVAILABLE
AVAILABLE WITH PACKAGE UPGRADE
Keyless Access and Entry
OPTIONAL
STANDARD
Active Sound Control
NOT AVAILABLE
STANDARD
WiFi Hotspot Capability9
STANDARD
STANDARD
Auto High-Beam Headlights
AVAILABLE WITH PACKAGE UPGRADE
STANDARD
Audio & Connectivity
Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ Integration10,11
STANDARD
STANDARD
HD Radio®
STANDARD
STANDARD
Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®12
STANDARD
STANDARD
USB Ports13
2
2
12-Volt Power Outlet
STANDARD
STANDARD
Exterior
LED Headlights
STANDARD
STANDARD (JEWEL EYE®)
Panoramic Moonroof
OPTIONAL
STANDARD
Heated Side Mirrors
STANDARD
STANDARD
Wheels & Tires (in.)
18"
19"
Interior
Power Front Seats
10-WAY (BOTH)
12-WAY (BOTH)
Touchpad Interface
STANDARD
STANDARD WITH TRUE TOUCHPAD POSITIONING
Ceiling Mounted Speakers
NOT AVAILABLE
AVAILABLE WITH PACKAGE UPGRADE
Flat Rear Floor
NOT AVAILABLE
STANDARD
Underfloor Cargo Storage (multi-compartment) 
NOT AVAILABLE
STANDARD

2021 RDX $1,500 Loyalty/Targeted Conquest Offer

$1500
in savings

Available to current owners of a 2011 or newer Acura, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lexus NX, Lexus RX, or Mercedes Benz GLC

Toward Cap Cost Reduction or Down Payment Assistance with the lease or purchase of a new 2021 RDX.

2021 RDX $1,500 Loyalty/Targeted Conquest Offer

Available to current owners of a 2011 or newer Acura, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lexus NX, Lexus RX, or Mercedes Benz GLC

Toward Cap Cost Reduction or Down Payment Assistance with the lease or purchase of a new 2021 RDX.

Eligible through 05/03/2021. $1,500 toward Cap Cost Reduction or Down Payment Assistance with the lease or purchase of a new and not previously reported sold 2021 RDX (excludes PMC edition) to qualified current owners of 2011 Acura, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lexus NX, Lexus RX, or Mercedes Benz GLC vehicle. Must provide proof of ownership of eligible vehicle in the form of a current vehicle registration or proof of valid auto insurance. Not compatible with Zero Due at Lease Signing leases or other Loyalty or Conquest offers. Used, Certified Pre-Owned Used and Fleet vehicles are NOT eligible. No trade-in required. Offer excludes recent purchase and is transferable among members of the same household when the retail delivery registration address matches the current address on the proof of ownership document. Not redeemable for cash. Incentive paid to dealer and requires dealer participation. Not all customers qualify. See your participating Acura dealer for details.

Only one $1,500 2021 RDX Loyalty or Conquest offer per eligible new vehicle. Offer may be terminated at any time.

2021 RDX $1,000 Competitor Conquest Offer

$1000
in savings

MY 2011 or newer Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Genesis, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus , Lincoln, Mercedes Benz or Volvo (Excludes Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lexus NX, Lexus RX, or Mercedes Benz GLC)

Toward Cap Cost Reduction or Down Payment Assistance with the lease or purchase of a new 2021 RDX

2021 RDX $1,000 Competitor Conquest Offer

MY 2011 or newer Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Genesis, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus , Lincoln, Mercedes Benz or Volvo (Excludes Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lexus NX, Lexus RX, or Mercedes Benz GLC)

Toward Cap Cost Reduction or Down Payment Assistance with the lease or purchase of a new 2021 RDX

Eligible through 05/03/2021. $1,000 toward Cap Cost Reduction or Down Payment Assistance with the lease or purchase of a new and not previously reported sold 2021 RDX (Excludes PMC Edition)to qualified current owners of 2011 or newer Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Genesis, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus , Lincoln, Mercedes Benz or Volvo (Excludes Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lexus NX, Lexus RX, or Mercedes Benz GLC) vehicles. Must provide proof of ownership of eligible vehicle in the form of a current vehicle registration or proof of valid auto insurance. Not compatible with Zero Due at Lease Signing leases or other Loyalty/Conquest offers. Used, Acura Certified Pre-Owned Used, and Fleet vehicles are NOT eligible. No trade-in required. Offer excludes recent purchase and is transferable among members of the same household when the retail delivery registration address matches the current address on the proof of ownership document. Not redeemable for cash. Incentive paid to dealer and requires dealer participation. Not all customers qualify. See your participating Acura dealer for additional details.

Only one $1,000 2021 RDX Conquest offer per eligible new vehicle. Offer may be terminated at any time.

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2021 Red RDX Luxury Midsize SUV Driving In Mountains

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Disclaimer 
 
  • RDX competitor specifications and features sourced from competitive manufacture website and www.acura.com comparison data. American Honda makes no guarantee or warranty, either expressed or implied, including without limitation any warranty of merchantability or fitness for particular purpose, with respect to the data presented here. All specifications, prices and equipment are subject to change without notice.
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  • 1  Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge for sedans (excluding PMC Edition) and SUVs (excluding PMC Edition) is $1,025.00. Dealer prices may vary. Acura model shown (Performance Red Pearl) includes Premium Paint. $500 MSRP up-charge applies to Performance Red Pearl, Platinum White Pearl, Majestic Black Pearl, Apex Blue Pearl, and Gunmetal Metallic.
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  • 2  BMW X3 horsepower: 248 @ 5200-6500 rpm (SAE net); Acura RDX horsepower: 272 @ 6500 rpm (SAE net).

    3  BMW X3 torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1450-4800 rpm (SAE net); Acura RDX torque: 280 lb-ft @ 1600-4500 rpm (SAE net).

    4  Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

    5  Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program (SaferCar.gov).

    6  Always visually confirm that it is safe to drive before backing up, as the rearview camera and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor (if present) may not provide complete information about conditions at the rear of your vehicle.

    7  AcuraWatch system accuracy will vary based on weather, speed, road conditions and other factors. System may not detect all objects ahead of, beside or behind the vehicle and may not detect a given object. System may not detect all lane markings or lane/road departures. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

    Adaptive Cruise Control should not be used in heavy traffic, poor weather or on winding roads.

    Collision Mitigation Braking System only is designed to mitigate crash forces; it may not avoid all collisions. Depending on the circumstances, CMBS may not go through all the alert stages before initiating the last stage of collision mitigation.

    Forward Collision Warning system does not include a braking function.

    Lane Keeping Assist System and/or Traffic Jam Assist only assist driver in maintaining proper lane position when lane markings are identified without a turn signal in use and can only apply mild steering torque to assist.

    Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW) only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. RDM can apply mild steering torque to assist in maintaining proper lane position and/or brake pressure to slow the vehicle’s departure from a detected lane.

    8  Acura Navigation System and related features available only in the United States, Puerto Rico and parts of Canada. See your local Acura dealer for information regarding navigation system area coverage.

    9  Requires AT&T data plan. Learn more about available data plans here. Coverage & service not available everywhere. Fees, terms & restrictions apply.
     
    10  Apple CarPlay® and any other Apple mark referenced is a trademark of Apple Inc. Depending on use, Apple CarPlay® can share certain user and vehicle information (e.g., vehicle location, speed and other operating conditions) with the connected iPhone®. See Apple’s privacy policy for details regarding Apple’s use and handling of data uploaded by CarPlay®. Use of CarPlay® is at user’s own risk, and is subject to agreement to the CarPlay® terms of use, which are included as part of the Apple iOS terms of use. CarPlay® vehicle integration is provided “as is,” and Honda cannot guarantee CarPlay® operability or functionality now or in the future due to, among other conditions, changes in CarPlay® software/Apple iOS, service interruptions, or incompatibility or obsolesce of vehicle-integrated hardware or software. See dealer for details.

    11  Android™ and Android Auto™ are trademarks of Google LLC. Depending on use, Android Auto™ can share certain user and vehicle information (e.g., vehicle location, speed and other operating conditions) with Google and its service providers. See Google privacy policy for details regarding Google’s use and handling of data uploaded by Android Auto™. Use of Android Auto™ is at user’s own risk, and is subject to agreement to the Android Auto™ terms of use, which are presented to the user when the Android Auto™ application is downloaded to the user’s Android™ phone. Android Auto™ vehicle integration is provided “as is,” and Acura cannot guarantee Android Auto™ operability or functionality now or in the future due to, among other conditions, changes in Android Auto™ software/Android™ operating system, service interruptions, or incompatibility or obsolesce of vehicle-integrated hardware or software. See dealer for details. Only use Android Auto™ when conditions allow you to do so safely.

    12  The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks is under license.

    13  The USB Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and control of some current digital audio players and other USB devices that contain MP3, WMA or AAC music files. Some USB devices with security software and digital rights-protected files may not work. Please see your local Acura dealer for details on compatibility.

    14  Based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus floor space between first and second seats and front seats moved forward. This figure compares more accurately with most competitive measurements.

    15  Ordinary maintenance items or adjustments, parts subject to normal wear and replacement, and certain other items are excluded.
2021 White BMW X3 xDrive 30i 2021 BMW X3 xDrive 30i 
2021 Red Acura RDX SH-AWD 2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD® 
Interior Dimensions
Seating Capacity
5
5
Headroom (in.) (front / rear)
41.1 / 39.1  
40.0 / 38.0
Shoulder Room (in.) (front / rear)
57.6 / 56.0
60.0 / 57.0
Hiproom (in.) (front / rear)
Not Listed
55.0 / 50.0
Legroom (in.) (front / rear)
40.3 / 36.4
42.0 / 38.0
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)
99.0
104.0
EPA Cargo Volume (behind 1st row) (cu. ft.)14
62.7
79.8
EPA Cargo Volume (behind 2nd row) (cu. ft.)14
28.7
31.1
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in.)
112.8
108.3
Track Width (in.) (front / rear)
63.8 / 64.4
64.2 / 64.7
Length (in.)
185.9
186.7
Height (in.)
66.0
65.7
Width (in.)
74.4
74.8
Ground Clearance (in.) (unladen)
8.0
8.2
Weights & Capacities
Curb Weight (lb.) 
4,147
4,019
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.)
17.2
17.1
Warranty
Basic Warranty (years / miles)15
4 / 50,000
4 / 50,000
Powertrain Warranty (years / miles)15
4 / 50,000
6 / 70,000