Compare 2008 Acura RDX vs 2009 BMW X3

2008 Acura RDX
2009 BMW X3
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4WD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RDX 4WD 4-Door 17 22 $30,521 $33,195
RDX 4WD 4-Door Tech Pkg 17 22 $33,731 $36,695
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AWD 4-Door 30i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
X3 AWD 4-Door 30i 16 23 $36,525 $39,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,521
$36,525
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,195
$39,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$553 / month
$662 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Acura RDX gets its edge from turbo power and crisp handling, but it can feel a little nervous and cramped. The 2009 BMW X3 is a more rugged alternative to a sport wagon—but it’s not nearly as much fun to drive.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
37.7 35.8
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 39.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.4 90.1
Second Hip Room (in)
53.0 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.2 55.6
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 39.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 55.0
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 40.2
Front Hip Room (in)
54.4 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.6 73.0
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 60.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.3 8.0
Length, Overall (in)
180.7 179.9
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
65.2 65.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.6 60.7
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 110.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 71.0
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 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
28.8 30.0
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x - TBD - 12.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.0 x - TBD - 12.6 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.0 17.7
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.1 18.9
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.2 38.4
Steering Type
Variable Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.76 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P235/55R18 P235/55HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/55R18 P235/55HR17
Spare Tire Size
T165/80D17 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3924 4012
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.6 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
440 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
105 150
Engine
Displacement
2.3L/140 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
240 @ 6000 260 @ 6600
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I6
Fuel System
PGM-FI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
260 @ 4500 225 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 16
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 19
Transmission
Trans Type
5 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.61 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
4 Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.89 3.93
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 2.50
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.53 3.73
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 1.23
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.70 4.35
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.66
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- 1.00
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- - TBD -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Acura RDX BMW X3
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut Double-Pivot
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.83 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multilink Central Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5

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