Compare 2015 Acura RDX vs 2015 BMW X3

2015 Acura RDX
2015 BMW X3
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FWD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door 20 28 $32,962 $35,095
AWD 4-Door 19 27 $34,258 $36,495
FWD 4-Door Tech Pkg 20 28 $36,386 $38,795
AWD 4-Door Tech Pkg 19 27 $37,682 $40,195
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RWD 4-Door sDrive28i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door sDrive28i 21 28 $35,920 $38,500
AWD 4-Door xDrive28i 21 28 $37,760 $40,500
AWD 4-Door xDrive28d 27 34 $39,140 $42,000
AWD 4-Door xDrive35i 19 26 $42,360 $45,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,962
$35,920
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$35,095
$38,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$585 / month
$642 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
A sporty yet smooth driving feel, quiet interior, and top-tier safety all add up to a lot of appeal for the 2015 Acura RDX, although its lack of features and flair stop it short of greatness. Among compact crossovers, the 2015 BMW X3 doesn't try to be rugged; instead it's one of the sportiest and most fuel-efficient in its class, and this year's new sDrive and diesel models add to that while the lineup gets even more tech and active-safety options.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.2 56
Passenger Volume (ft³)
103.5 -
Front Leg Room (in)
42 39.9
Front Hip Room (in)
55.7 -
Second Leg Room (in)
38.3 36.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 40.7
Second Hip Room (in)
53.8 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.7 57.3
Second Head Room (in)
38.1 39.1
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
66.1 66.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.4 63.4
Wheelbase (in)
105.7 110.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.7 74.1
Track Width, Front (in)
63.1 62.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 8
Length, Overall (in)
183.5 183.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
26.1 27.6
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
61.3 63.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
26.1 27.6
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12 13
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 12.9
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)
16 17.7
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.9 39
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/60VR18 P245/50WR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/60VR18 P245/50WR18
Trailering
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
1500 -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3717 4030
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 18 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 18 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 210
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
273 @ 6200 240 @ 5000
Engine Type
Premium Unleaded V-6 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
251 @ 5000 260 @ 1450
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5 L/212 2.0 L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 24
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.27 3.29
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.09 3.14
Trans Order Code
NA 205
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.06 1.67
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.56 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.36 4.71
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.25 3.38
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.48 2.11
Trans Type
6 8
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 1.29
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.84
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Summary
Vehicle Name
Acura RDX BMW X3
Body Style
Sport Utility Sports Activity Vehicle
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5.0 (Est) -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.7 (Est) 7.4
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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