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Features

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door 19 24 $30,647 $32,895
FWD 4-Door Tech Pkg 19 24 $33,490 $35,995
AWD 4-Door 17 22 $32,481 $34,895
AWD 4-Door Tech Pkg 17 22 $35,324 $37,995
AWD 4-Door 28i
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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
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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
Fuel Economy - City 19 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 24 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
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
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 56.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.8 39.9
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
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
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 225 794
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
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 21 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 24 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 19
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
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
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.7 8.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 4 4
 
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