2018 Acura RDX vs. 2018 BMW X3

2018 Acura RDX

2018 Acura RDX

2018 BMW X3

2018 BMW X3


Starting Price

76.9 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Space

62.7 cubic feet
42 inches

Front Legroom

40.3 inches
38.3 inches

Rear Legroom

36.4 inches
279 hp

Standard Power

248 hp

The BMW nameplate suggests world-class performance, trailblazing technology, and a richly comfortable cabin, which is why drivers are often stunned to find the 2018 Acura RDX excelling beyond the 2018 BMW X3 across all those measures. A quick look at how these two stack up against each other is enough to demonstrate the hollowness of BMW’s reputation — at least in comparison to an Acura.


The 2018 BMW X3 brings up to 248 hp as standard from a 2.0L BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder engine. It’s a fair degree of power, but it lacks the verve, vigor, and downright fun afforded by the 279-hp 3.5L V6 of the 2018 Acura RDX. Whether making highway passes or taking off from traffic lights, that V6 engine is going to make itself known.

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Both the new RDX and the BMW X3 make unambiguous overtones towards high-end luxury, but the BMW uncharacteristically falters in terms of features. If you want to turn on heated seats to cope with cold Worthington mornings or use special Jewel Eye LED headlights to cast superior illumination through poor Westerville weather, you’re out of luck — only the Acura RDX fits those features as standard.

The BMW also neglects to offer some of the Acura’s more creative comfort features, such as GPS-linked climate control. This pioneering technology uses solar sensors to gauge the intensity of the sun’s rays, calculate their effect on the vehicle, and then adjust climate controls to compensate.


2018 Acura RDX



As a brand, BMW is renowned for uniting first-class European styling with a measured sense of Germanic practicality, so where did it all go wrong for the 2018 BMW X3? A quick comparison against the 2018 Acura RDX reveals cramped cabin dimensions for passengers and cargo alike.

  • Legroom: Up to 42 inches in the front and 38.3 inches in the rear of the Acura vs. just 40.3 inches and 36.4 inches in the BMW.
  • Maximum CargoRoom: Up to a sprawling 76.9 cubic feet in the Acura vs. just 62.7 cubic feet in the BMW.
2018 Acura RDX

Find Your 2018 Acura RDX from Columbus Acura

At the end of the day, the only recognizably BMW characteristic of the 2018 X3 it it’s $42,450 starting price. The 2018 Acura RDX thrives where the BMW falters, and it starts at $35,800*, giving you superior features for less money. Contact us today to talk financing or arrange a test drive.

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge is $995 for sedans and $995 for SUVs. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

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