Compare 2015 Acura RDX vs 2015 BMW X3

2015 Acura RDX
2015 BMW X3
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AWD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RDX AWD 4-Door 19 27 $34,258 $36,495
RDX AWD 4-Door Tech Pkg 19 27 $37,682 $40,195
RDX FWD 4-Door 20 28 $32,962 $35,095
RDX FWD 4-Door Tech Pkg 20 28 $36,386 $38,795
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AWD 4-Door xDrive28d
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
X3 AWD 4-Door xDrive28d 27 34 $39,140 $42,000
X3 AWD 4-Door xDrive28i 21 28 $37,760 $40,500
X3 AWD 4-Door xDrive35i 19 26 $42,360 $45,500
X3 RWD 4-Door sDrive28i 21 28 $35,920 $38,500

Pricing

Invoice Price

$34,258
$39,140

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$36,495
$42,000

Monthly Payment Estimate

$608 / month
$700 / 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

19 mpg 27 mpg

Highway

27 mpg 34 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Small SUV 4WD Small SUV 4WD

Interior Dimensions

Passenger Volume (ft³)

103.5 -

Second Leg Room (in)

38.3 36.5

Front Head Room (in)

38.7 40.7

Second Hip Room (in)

53.8 -

Front Shoulder Room (in)

58.7 57.3

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Second Head Room (in)

38.1 39.1

Second Shoulder Room (in)

57.2 56

Front Leg Room (in)

42 39.9

Front Hip Room (in)

55.7 -

Exterior Dimensions

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

Height, Overall (in)

66.1 66.1

Track Width, Rear (in)

63.4 63.4

Wheelbase (in)

105.7 110.6

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

61.3 63.3

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

26.1 27.6

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

26.1 27.6

Brakes

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

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12 13

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (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)

3838 4230

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 180 @ 4000

Engine Type

Premium Unleaded V-6 Intercooled Turbo Diesel I-4

Fuel System

Sequential MPI Diesel Direct Injection

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

251 @ 5000 280 @ 1750

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

3.5 L/212 2.0 L/122

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

27 34

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

19 27

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

22 30

Transmission

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.27 3.29

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.09 3.14

Trans Order Code

NA 205

Drivetrain

All Wheel Drive All 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 3.08

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

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

- 0.67

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

- 0.84

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

8.0 (Est) 6.9

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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