Compare 2012 Acura RDX vs 2012 BMW X3

2012 Acura RDX
2012 BMW X3
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FWD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door 19 24 $30,647 $32,895
AWD 4-Door 17 22 $32,481 $34,895
FWD 4-Door Tech Pkg 19 24 $33,490 $35,995
AWD 4-Door Tech Pkg 17 22 $35,324 $37,995
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AWD 4-Door 28i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
AWD 4-Door 28i 19 25 $34,130 $37,100
AWD 4-Door 35i 19 26 $39,285 $42,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,647
$34,130
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,895
$37,100
Monthly Payment Estimate
$548 / month
$618 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Acura RDX satisfies those who want more driving excitement, but it might leave luxury- or tech-hungry shoppers wanting. A great-looking crossover with its most carlike performance yet, the BMW X3 also has more interior room and better materials than before.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 56.0
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 39.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.4 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
37.7 39.1
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 40.7
Second Hip Room (in)
53.0 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.2 57.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.4 90.1
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 39.1
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.6 64.3
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 110.6
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.6 74.1
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 63.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.3 8.4
Length, Overall (in)
182.5 183.0
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
65.2 65.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
27.8 19.4
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
60.6 56.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.0 x - TBD - 13.0 x 0.8
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x - TBD - 12.9 x 1.1
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.0 17.7
Steering
Steering Type
Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.76 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.1 17.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.2 39.0
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/55VR18 P245/55R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/55VR18 P245/55R17
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
225 794
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 5291
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3743 4112
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.1 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
105 210
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
440 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas I6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
260 @ 4500 221 @ 2750-4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.3L/- TBD - 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
240 @ 6000 258 @ 6600
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 25
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.89 3.29
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 3.14
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.31 3.72
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 1.66
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.70 4.71
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 2.10
Trans Type
5 8
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.54 1.28
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.66
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- - TBD -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.83
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- 1.00
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Vehicle Name
Acura RDX BMW X3
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Double-Joint Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.83 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Five-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.7 8.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 4

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