The 2018 Acura RDX delivers a richly comfortable cabin, trailblazing technology, and world-class performance. BMW has a huge reputation. Its, therefore, surprising to learn that the RDX is ahead of the X3 in all the areas. These two compact crossovers are different from each other, with one concentrating on tech and comfort ahead of dynamics while the other one focuses on dynamics. The Acura wins even without trying; this is like a fight between Mike “Iron” Tyson and Snow White! Let’s look at how they compare against each other.
Which one has more power?
The 2018 BMW X3 and the 2018 Acura RDX are both offered with all-wheel drive. They both have traction-enhancing performance but the RDX boasts of more horsepower. The BMW X3 delivers 248-hp from its four-cylinder 2.0L turbocharged engine. On the other hand, the RDX generates 279 hp from its 3.5L V6 engine. The Acura RDX has more vigor and it is simply more fun to drive. The V6 engine gives Britney Spears a run for her money because it is diva that demands for attention every time it takes off from traffic lights or makes highway passes.
What about the standard features?
These vehicles have many high-tech and comfort features like push-button start, Bluetooth, leatherette upholstery, heated power seats, keyless entry and steering wheels that are wrapped with leather. However, the Acura RDX outshines the X3 with a few extra features, its standard sunroof, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and SiriusXM satellite radio.
Which one is cheaper?
The Acura RDX lands another Anthony Joshua uppercut, leaving the X3 with a bloody nose. Enough with the punches, what we are trying to say is that the RDX is much cheaper. The base trim of the BMW X3 starts at $42,650. On the other hand, the RDX will cost you $36,000.
Which one is more spacious?
The 2018 Acura RDX continues with its dominant streak in the space department. The cargo room of the Acura is an expansive 76.9 cubic feet while the X3 only offers 62.7 cubic feet. The legroom of the BMW X3 in the rear and front is a mere 36.4 inches and 40.3 inches, and 38.3 inches and 42 inches in the RDX respectively. BMW generally combines Germanic practicality and top-notch Euro-pean styling, but the 2018 RDX certainly struggles with cramped cabin dimensions when compared with the Acura RDX.
Is there anything else that separates these two cars?
Well, we have listed most of the things that make these cars stand out but below are some more. The powertrain warranty of the X3 is 4 years/50,000 miles compared to the Acura’s better 6 years/70,000 miles. The BMW X3 only offers all-wheel drive on all models as compared to the RDX’s all-wheel drive and 2-wheel drive. However, the X3 beats the RDX with its superior towing capacity.
What do we think?
Our judgment is that the 2018 Acura RDX is the better choice since it offers more attributes and features at a lower price than the 2018 BMW X3.