Compare 2016 Acura RDX vs 2017 BMW X3

2016 Acura RDX
2017 BMW X3
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AWD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RDX AWD 4-Door 19 28 $34,695 $36,870
RDX AWD 4-Door AcuraWatch Plus Pkg 19 28 $35,916 $38,170
RDX AWD 4-Door Advance Pkg 19 28 $40,938 $43,520
RDX AWD 4-Door Tech Pkg 19 28 $38,169 $40,570
RDX AWD 4-Door Tech/AcuraWatch Plus Pkg 19 28 $39,389 $41,870
RDX FWD 4-Door 20 29 $33,287 $35,370
RDX FWD 4-Door AcuraWatch Plus Pkg 20 29 $34,507 $36,670
RDX FWD 4-Door Advance Pkg 20 29 $39,530 $42,020
RDX FWD 4-Door Tech Pkg 20 29 $36,760 $39,070
RDX FWD 4-Door Tech/AcuraWatch Plus Pkg 20 29 $37,981 $40,370
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sDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
X3 sDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle 21 28 $37,745 $40,050
X3 xDrive28d Sports Activity Vehicle N/A N/A $40,260 $42,750
X3 xDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle 21 28 $39,605 $42,050
X3 xDrive35i Sports Activity Vehicle 19 26 $46,025 $48,950
Pricing
Invoice Price
$34,695
$37,745
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$36,870
$40,050
Monthly Payment Estimate
$615 / month
$668 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
6.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2016 Acura RDX is a smooth and responsive crossover SUV; it’s easy to live with, as long as the back seat fits your passengers. The 2017 BMW X3 continues its run as one of the best compact luxury SUVs on the market—even in the face of much newer competition.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.1 39.1
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
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
Wheelbase (in)
105.7 110.6
Height, Overall (in)
65 66.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.4 63.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
26.1 27.6
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
26.1 27.6
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
61.3 63.3
Brakes
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
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 12.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16 17.7
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.9 39
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/60VR18 P245/50VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/60VR18 P245/50VR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
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 -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3902 4030
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 18 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
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
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 210
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
252 @ 4900 258 @ 1450
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5 L/212 2.0 L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
279 @ 6200 240 @ 5000
Engine Type
Premium Unleaded V-6 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 28
Transmission
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
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 1.28
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.27 3.29
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.09 3.14
Trans Order Code
NA 205
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.06 1.67
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
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 - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.0 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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