BMW X3 vs Acura RDX

When it comes to selecting your next luxury SUV, it helps to see how two competitors match up head to head. The BMW X3 and the Acura RDX both offer plush interior amenities, a palpable performance, and high-tech features to enhance your drives around Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, and Sterling Heights, MI. Still, how do you know which one will best suit your needs?

Our team at BMW of Rochester Hills put together the following comparison to help you determine which one will support your unique lifestyle.

BMW X3 vs Acura RDX: Fuel Economy & Performance


Acura RDX

EPA-Estimated MPG

25 city/29 highway MPG

22 city/28 highway MPG

Maximum Horsepower

382 HP

272 HP

Plug-In Hybrid Trim


Not available

As you can see, the BMW X3 provides extra cruising miles in both the city and on the highway. Regarding horsepower, which you'll notice in the form of quicker acceleration, the Acura RDX falls short of the BMW by a long shot.

For car shoppers interested in a plug-in hybrid vehicle, they'll only find that available configuration with the BMW model.

Acura RDX vs BMW X3: Towing Capacity

In addition to fuel economy and performance, you may also consider towing capacity when choosing your next SUV. The Acura RDX offers a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds.

With the BMW X3, you'll be able to tow up to 4,400 pounds when properly equipped. With over 1,000 additional pounds of capacity, you can expect to tow heavy items, such as:

  • Jet skis
  • Snow mobiles
  • Travel trailer

If you plan on taking your SUV up to your mountain house or out to the lake, the ability to haul your favorite oversized toys will elevate your adventurous getaways.

BMW X3 vs Acura RDX: Cargo Space

In terms of cargo space, the BMW X3 also offers ample space to fit your camping gear or recreational equipment. While the Acura RDX offers 58.9 cubic feet of total cargo room, the BMW X3 provides 62.7 cubic feet of total cargo room.


Acura RDX vs BMW X3: Technology

As you navigate the open road, it helps to have all your detailed information clearly displayed in front of you. Both the Acura RDX and BMW X3 offer a Head-up Display feature to make it easy to check on important information, such as the current speed, navigation directions, and more.

However, the available 12.3-inch Digital Instrument Cluster in BMW X3 offers easy-to-read, enlarged icons compared to the optional 10.2-inch center display in the Acura RDX.

Select Your Next Luxury SUV: BMW X3 or Acura RDX?

After taking a closer look at the Acura RDX and the BMW X3, it's clear that the BMW X3 provides a significantly higher towing capacity, potent horsepower, and a larger center display. If these elements sit high on your list, then this BMW is the ideal vehicle for you.  

At BMW of Rochester Hills, we look forward to introducing Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, and Sterling Heights, MI, to the capable, stylish BMW X3. Give us a call or schedule an appointment online to take the wheel of the BMW X3 today!

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