Climb aboard your next luxury SUV and enjoy the freedom of commanding a vibrant vehicle on the open road. However, which car best suits the drivers of Huntsville, Florence, and Cullman, AL? Here at Century BMW, we've compared two popular options: 2021 BMW X3 vs. Acura RDX.

In this article, we'll dig into the performance of these two models, their luxurious interiors, and some favorite technology features. Keep reading to start your research on the 2021 Acura RDX and the 2021 BMW X3.

Quick Facts



Acura RDX

Max. Engine Performance

382 horsepower

368 lb-ft of torque

272 horsepower

280 lb-ft of torque

Standard Fuel Efficiency (EPA-estimated)

25 MPG city

29 MPG highway

22 MPG city

28 MPG highway

Hybrid Option



BMW X3 vs Acura RDX: Performance and Efficiency

Do you want an SUV that delivers a powerful performance? Well, you got it with either the BMW X3 or Acura RDX. In fact, both come standard with a turbocharged 2.0L I-4 engine that delivers more than 245 horsepower right out of the gate.

They also let you choose whether you equip this engine with front-wheel drive (FWD) or a smart all-wheel drive (AWD) system. The available AWD system is smart enough to adapt to your surroundings to keep you steady during changing roadway conditions. That's true whether your roads are covered in rain, dirt, or brilliant rays of sunshine.

If you want even more power from your SUV, you might like the performance line from the BMW X3. This gives you a 3.0L BMW M TwinPower Turbo I-6 engine that generates a thrilling 382 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque.

Unfortunately, the Acura doesn't offer an engine with more power than its 272-horsepower standard 2.0L engine.

 A Note on Fuel Efficiency

While some are after power, others want an SUV that's efficient. When it comes to the efficiency of the BMW X3 and Acura RDX, the BMW pulls ahead. According to EPA estimates, the BMW X3 can achieve 25 MPG city and 29 MPG highway with the standard 2.0L engine and FWD. Under the same conditions, the Acura can get an EPA-estimated 22 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.

Not only that, but the BMW X3 also has a hybrid option that can travel up to an EPA-estimated 340 miles on a single tank of gas. The Acura RDX doesn't have a hybrid option, so you may have to stop at the pump more often than drivers in the BMW.

Related reading: BMW X3 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLC

Interior Features: BMW X3 vs Acura RDX

Luxurious touches abound in both the BMW X3 and the Acura RDX. Either model offers multiple leather upholstery options for comfort and elegance, as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

You'll also find the all-weather convenience of available ventilated seats in these SUVs that can help you cool down on a hot Dixie summer day. The Acura RDX keeps the driver and passenger comfortable with Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control. This feature allows each rider to personalize the climate on their side of the vehicle. The BMW X3 has automatic 3-zone climate control, letting backseat passengers pick their own temperature, too.

Cabin Technology

While you settle in with four of your closest friends and family members, why not tune in and listen to some of your favorite music? You can easily stream your carefully selected driving playlist directly from your phone thanks to standard and available connectivity features like:

  • Bluetooth® wireless connectivity
  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Android Auto™

These features integrate your smartphone with your car so that you can take hands-free phone calls or stream music directly from your device. Bluetooth® technology allows you to do this wirelessly. However, if you want even more connectivity, plug in your smartphone to the USB port.

This will connect you with available Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™ so that you can use select phone features-like navigation, internet radio streaming, podcasts, audiobooks, and phone calls-through your vehicle's touchscreen display. The BMW X3 has an available 10.25-inch display while the one in the Acura RDX measures in slightly smaller at 10.20 inches.

You can also take control of these features through available voice command in either vehicle while keeping your hands safely on the wheel.

Systems Designed to Keep You Safe

Whether you're taking the kids to school or travelling to the airport for your next family vacation, the BMW X3 and Acura RDX will both equip you with the tools you need to get there safely. They both come with driver-assistive features like:

  • Forward collision mitigation
  • Lane departure warning and lane keeping

They also both have available features like a blind spot monitoring system. This works by alerting you to other vehicles in your side blind spot so that you can merge or change lanes more safely in heavily travelled areas. The main difference is that BMW makes its blind spot monitoring system standard while the Acura requires a package upgrade before it's available.

Still, both vehicles have you covered when you get where you're going. The BMW X3 and Acura RDX help you park more adeptly with the help of a rearview camera. The camera includes a multi-angle or even an available surround-view feature that gives you a good look of the whole area surrounding your SUV. This feature can be especially helpful when backing out of a driveway in a neighborhood with pets or kids that may be running around your vehicle.

Related reading: BMW X3 vs. Audi Q5

Should I Buy the 2021 BMW X3 or Acura RDX?

After considering the safety technology, luxury interior features, and vehicle performance of the BMW X3 and Acura RDX, we hope it's clearer which one will fit your lifestyle best. If you like the BMW, drivers in Huntsville, Florence, and Cullman, AL, can simply reach out to our team to set up a test drive. We can't wait to get you behind the wheel.

If you have any more questions about the 2021 BMW X3 vs. Acura RDX, don't hesitate to contact Century BMW. We're always happy to chat with local drivers, so stop by today!

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