BMW X3 Ultimately Underperforms The RDX

BMW X3

2021 BMW X3 xDrive 30i

MSRP $45,000
ENGINE 2.0L
Twin Power Turbo
SPEED 8
HORSEPOWER 2482
2022 RDX in Perfomance Red

2022 Acura RDX SH-AWD®

MSRP $43,3001
ENGINE 2.0L
Turbo
SPEED 10
HORSEPOWER 2722
The Differences Are Clear
BMW X3 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.

2022 RDX wheels

Acura RDX 19" Wheels

19-inch Sparkle Silver Multi-Spoke wheels on the RDX perfectly complement the Premium Sport Crossover’s dynamic styling.

Acura RDX 19" Wheels

19-inch Sparkle Silver Multi-Spoke wheels on the RDX perfectly complement the Premium Sport Crossover’s dynamic styling.

BMW X3 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.

2022 RDX Headlights

Acura RDX Jewel Eye LED Headlights

The stunning Jewel Eye® headlights on the RDX boast seven LED light elements for sharper illumination and confident driving. (A-Spec Package shown)

Acura RDX Jewel Eye LED Headlights

The stunning Jewel Eye® headlights on the RDX boast seven LED light elements for sharper illumination and confident driving. (A-Spec Package shown)

BMW X3 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.

2022 RDX Seats

Acura RDX 12-Way Power Sport Seats

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

Acura RDX 12-Way Power Sport Seats

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

BMW X3 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.

2022 RDX Console

Acura RDX Floating Center Console

A high-deck floating center console in the RDX looks great and offers unique storage possibilities. (Advance Package shown)

Acura RDX Floating Center Console

A high-deck floating center console in the RDX looks great and offers unique storage possibilities. (Advance Package shown)

2022 RDX 10 Speed Automatic SH-AWD TECH Featured Special Lease
$519

per month for 36 months $6,299 total due at signing

2022 RDX in Performance Red

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

2022 RDX in Performance Red

2022 RDX 10 Speed Automatic SH-AWD TECH Featured Special Lease

$519.00 PER MO./36 MO. $6,299.00 due at lease signing.

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

Closed-end lease for 2022 RDX 10 Speed Automatic SH-AWD TECH vehicles (TC2H5NKNW) available from September 7, 2022 through October 31, 2022, 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 $46,645.00 (includes destination; excludes taxes, titles, license and documentary service fees). Actual net capitalized cost $39,887.19. Net capitalized cost includes $595 acquisition fee. Dealer contribution may vary and could affect actual lease payment. Total monthly payments $18,684.00. Option to purchase at lease end $26,587.65.

Must take new retail delivery of vehicle from dealer stock by October 31, 2022. 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.

2022 RDX Dynamic Shot  in Phantom Violet Pearl

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 delivers 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 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. Impressive 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.

Advance Package shown.

2022 RDX Collision Mitigation Braking System

Drive With Confidence

AcuraWatch™ safety and driver assistive technologies come standard on every RDX, making it one of the most safety-minded premium performance crossovers.

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

A-Spec Advance Package shown.

for the win

COMPARABLE MODELS
2021 BMW X3 xDrive 30i 
2022 Acura RDX SH-AWD® 
AWD Starting At
$45,000
$43,3001
FWD Starting At
$43,000 (RWD)
$41,1001
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
Road Departure Mitigation System7
NOT AVAILABLE
STANDARD
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System7
STANDARD
STANDARD
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)7
AVAILABLE WITH PACKAGE UPGRADE
STANDARD
Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow7
AVAILABLE WITH PACKAGE UPGRADE
STANDARD
Traffic Sign Recongition5
Not Available
Standard
Blind Spot Information System17
Standard
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 Apple CarPlay. Available Android Auto.
Wireless Standard
Alexa Built-In16
Not Available
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
Ambient Lighting (multiple themes)
Optional
Available with Package Upgrade
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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) is $1,095 and SUVs (excluding PMC Edition) is $1,195.00. Destination & Handling charge for PMC Edition models and NSX is $1,995.00. 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, Phantom Violet Pearl, Apex Blue Pearl, and Liquid Carbon 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.

    Traffic Sign Recognition cannot detect all traffic signs, may misidentify certain signs and does not include any braking or speed control functions. Accuracy will vary based on weather and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for complying with all traffic regulations.
    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.

    16  Based on 2022 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.

    17  The systems are not a substitute for your own visual assessment before changing lanes or backing up, and may not detect all objects, or provide complete information about conditions behind or to the side of the vehicle. System accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object, and speed. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

    18  Amazon, Alexa and all related marks are trademarks of Amazon, com, Inc, or its affiliates. Certain Alexa functionality is dependent on smart home technology.
BMW X3 2021 BMW X3 xDrive 30i 
2022 RDX in Performance Red 2022 Acura RDX SH-AWD® 
Interior Dimensions
Seating Capacity
5
5
Headroom (in.) (front / rear)
41.1 / 39.1 (no sunroof)
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 2nd row) (cu. ft.)14
28.7
29.5
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
187.4
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
4,015
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