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 $40,2001
ENGINE 2.0L
Turbo
SPEED 10
HORSEPOWER 2722
Ready to see where else RDX outshines X3? Let's go.
BMW X3 vs Acura RDX
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.

2020 RDX Special APR
0.9%

0.9% APR for 24-72 months

2021 RDX Offers

For well-qualified buyers.

2021 RDX Offers

2020 RDX Special APR

0.9% APR for 24-72 months

For well-qualified buyers.



Special APR offer valid on new and unregistered 2020 RDX Models from September 9, 2020 through November 2, 2020, to well qualified buyers on approved credit by Acura Financial Services through participating dealers. Must take new retail delivery on vehicle from dealer stock by November 2, 2020. Not all buyers may qualify. Higher rates apply for buyers with lower credit ratings. Example for 2020 RDX: 10% down payment. 0.9% for 72 months financing at $14.27 a month for every $1,000.00 financed. Dealers set actual prices. See your Acura dealer for details.

2021 Acura RDX Collision Mitigation Braking Driver Safety System Technology Graphic

Drive With Confidence

RDX SH-AWD® 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 

Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) uses radar and visual signals to help reduce the risk of a collision with a vehicle detected in front of you.7

for the win

COMPARABLE MODELS
2021 BMW X3 xDrive 30i 
2021 Acura RDX SH-AWD® 
AWD Starting At
$45,000
$40,2001
FWD Starting At
$43,000 (RWD)
$38,2001
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™
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
AVAILABLE WITH PACKAGE UPGRADE
STANDARD
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)7
AVAILABLE WITH PACKAGE UPGRADE
STANDARD
Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow7
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
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
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

Acura Military Program

$750
in savings

In appreciation for your service Acura would like to offer for a limited time $750 savings toward any 2020 or newer model year Acura when you finance or lease through Acura Financial Services® (AFS) [1].

See offer details for customer and vehicle eligibility.

Acura Military Program

In appreciation for your service Acura would like to offer for a limited time $750 savings toward any 2020 or newer model year Acura when you finance or lease through Acura Financial Services® (AFS) [1].

See offer details for customer and vehicle eligibility.

Client Qualification:

  • Active Duty U.S. Military, (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, Coast Guard and Active Reserve) and their spouses.
  • Active Duty U.S. Military Ready Reserve, (Inactive National Guard, Individual Ready Reserve, Selected Reserve) and their spouses.
  • U.S. Military Veterans who are within two (2) years of separation from active service, and their spouses.(Veteran: A service member who was discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable.)
  • Military Retiree: Service members who remain on active duty or serve in the Reserves or Guard for a sufficient period of time (minimum of 20 years).
  • Spouses of U.S. Military Retirees (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, Coast Guard and Active Reserve) who are within two (2) years of separation from active service.
Client Requirements:

  • Provide Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) as proof of military status or active service at the time of purchase or lease.
  • Veterans must provide a Report of Separation (DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from active duty) indicating Honorable Discharge or General Discharge under Honorable Conditions.
  • Spouses of a member of the U.S. Military must provide proof of relationship by presenting a Military ID, or provide spouse' LES. Only a copy of LES will be retained by the dealership for verification.
  • Meet AFS credit criteria and sign an AFS Retail Finance, Acura Luxury Lease® or Leadership Purchase Plan® contract
  • (Lease) $750 is applied toward the cap cost of vehicle. Monthly payment and total due at lease signing are calculated after $750 reduction.
  • (Purchase) $750 is applied toward the down payment.[1]

[1] For well-qualified clients, subject to approval by AFS. Offer excludes Acura NSX and PMC Editions. Only one $750 Acura Military Appreciation offer per vehicle. Offer cannot be combined with Zero Due at Signing Lease Program. Offer not valid on Acura Certified Used Car or used vehicles. Offer valid through March 31, 2021 and may be terminated at any time. NOTE: During the term of the retail installment finance contract or lease with Acura Financial Services, buyer may not take their vehicle outside of the United States without prior written consent of Acura Financial Services. During the term of the retail installment finance contract or lease, buyer must notify Acura Financial Services immediately of any change in buyer's address.

Acura College Graduate Program

$500
in savings

We would like to recognize your recent accomplishment by helping you get into the right luxury vehicle with a $500 savings toward any 2020 or newer model year Acura when you finance or lease with Acura Financial Services® (AFS) [1]

See offer details for customer and vehicle eligibility.

Acura College Graduate Program

We would like to recognize your recent accomplishment by helping you get into the right luxury vehicle with a $500 savings toward any 2020 or newer model year Acura when you finance or lease with Acura Financial Services® (AFS) [1]

See offer details for customer and vehicle eligibility.

Client Qualification:

  • Eligible client has graduated within the past two years or will graduate within the next six months with a masters, bachelor or associate degree from a U.S. –accredited college or registered nursing school.
  • Meet Acura Financial Services (AFS) credit criteria and sign an AFS Retail Finance, Acura Luxury Lease® or Leadership Purchase Plan® contract.
  • Eligible client must be listed on AFS contract as the primary buyer.
  • Provide a copy of a diploma or college transcripts as proof of graduation eligibility and all other documents required by AFS.
  • Lease: $500 is applied toward the cap cost of vehicle. Monthly payment and total due at lease signing are calculated after $500 reduction. Purchase: $500 is applied toward the down payment.
The following Acura Financial Services® requirements may apply:

  • No adverse credit history
  • Proof of employment or a firm commitment from an employer (verifiable) with a start date no more than 120 days from the date of the AFS contract.
  • Monthly income sufficient to cover current obligations, living expenses and the vehicle payment.

[1] For well-qualified clients, subject to approval by AFS. Offer excludes Acura NSX. Only one $500 Acura College Graduate offer per vehicle. Offer cannot be combined with Zero Due at Signing Lease Program. Offer not valid on Acura Certified Used Car or used vehicles. Offer valid through March 31, 2021 and may be terminated at any time.

2021 Red RDX Luxury Midsize SUV Driving In Mountains

Don’t just take our word. Experience RDX for yourself.

Disclaimer 
 
  • RDX competitor specifications and features sourced from competitive manufacture website and www.acura.com Chrome 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  Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes taxes, license, registration/title, optional, or regionally required equipment and destination charge. 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.

    2  BMW X3 horsepower: 248 @ 5200-6500 rpm (SAE net); Acura RDX horsepower: 272 @ 6500 rpm (SAE net).

    3  BMW X3 torque: 258 @ 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