Compare 2015 BMW X3 vs 2014 Acura RDX

2015 BMW X3
2014 Acura RDX
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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
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FWD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door 20 28 $32,430 $34,520
AWD 4-Door 19 27 $33,725 $35,920
FWD 4-Door Tech Pkg 20 28 $35,854 $38,220
AWD 4-Door Tech Pkg 19 27 $37,150 $39,620
Pricing
Invoice Price
$35,920
$32,430
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$38,500
$34,520
Monthly Payment Estimate
$642 / month
$575 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. The 2014 Acura RDX offers a relatively sporty look and driving feel, as well as a quiet, comfortable interior and top-notch safety; but features or flair it's no standout.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.5 38.3
Front Leg Room (in)
39.9 42
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
39.1 38.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56 57.2
Front Head Room (in)
40.7 38.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.3 58.7
Second Hip Room (in)
- 53.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 103.5
Front Hip Room (in)
- 55.7
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
66.1 66.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.4 63.4
Wheelbase (in)
110.6 105.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.1 73.7
Track Width, Front (in)
62.8 63.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
183.8 183.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
27.6 26.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
63.3 61.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
27.6 26.1
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13 12
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.9 12.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.7 16
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39 38.9
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P245/50WR18 P235/60VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/50WR18 P235/60VR18
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4030 3717
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 18 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 18 X 7.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
210 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 550
Engine
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Premium Unleaded V-6
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
260 @ 1450 251 @ 5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 3.5 L/212
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
240 @ 5000 273 @ 6200
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 28
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.06
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 -
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.56
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 3.36
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.38 4.25
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 1.48
Trans Type
8 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 0.75
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.29 2.27
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 2.09
Trans Order Code
205 NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW X3 Acura RDX
Body Style
Sports Activity Vehicle Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.4 8.0 (Est)
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- 1500
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
- 1500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- 150
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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