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BMW X3 vs. Acura RDX
Acura RDX
At a Glance: X3 vs. RDX

The streets of Stratham, Portsmouth, and Exeter, NH. come alive in a whole new way when you’re behind the wheel of a luxury SAV® (Sports Activity Vehicle®). Both the 2023 BMW X3 and the Acura RDX offer impressive performance specs, elegant interiors, and intelligent technologies.

To streamline the research process, the team at BMW of Stratham has put together this BMW X3 vs. Acura RDX comparison to help you pick your favorite one.



503 HP | 272HP
X3 vs. RDX


12 Speakers | 9 Speakers
X3 vs. RDX


23 city /29 hwy* | 22 city /28 hwy
X3 vs. RDX
See the Difference for Yourself
Select a category below to learn more about how the BMW X3 compares to the Acura RDX.

With their dynamic engines and built-in stability, SAV®s are fun to drive, especially when you factor in their ability to travel on all types of roads. You’re going to need the right amount of power and longevity for your journey, though. Read on to see if you’ll find this with the X3 or the RDX.

Pick Your Powertrain

You’ll find a responsive engine no matter which SAV® you choose. These zippy mechanical components make changing lanes and merging more instantaneous upon request.

Under the hood of the RDX lies a 2.0L turbocharged engine that’s capable of delivering up to 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque.

A similar-sized engine is found to be standard with the X3. While the X3 doesn’t offer as much standard power, it makes up for it with its variety of engine configurations.

Only one engine is offered with the RDX, which stunts your ability to pick the configuration that offers the power you need. With the X3, however, you have your choice of several configurations. What’s even better is that the X3 can achieve capabilities of up to 503 horsepower when properly equipped

Go the Extra Mile

You rely on your SAV® to get to and from work, travel around town on errands, and countless other locations on a daily basis. Your life is busy enough as it is without needing to schedule frequent trips to the gas station. Will the X3 or the RDX make that a reality?

Well, a simple comparison of fuel efficiencies shows this is another performance advantage for the X3. It achieves an EPA-estimated 23 city/29 highway MPG rating.* Couple this with the 17.2-gallon fuel tank, and you can travel up to an estimated 498 miles on a single tank of gas.

The RDX offers similar MPG ratings; however, due to its reduced efficiency rating and smaller fuel tank size, it’s estimated that RDX drivers can only travel up to 478 miles without needing to stop and refuel.


You live a diverse lifestyle. Some days you’re in the mood to hit a nearby city while other days you want to unplug and get lost in the woods for a while. Thanks to their capabilities, the BMW X3 and the Acura RDX make it possible to take your travels on any commute.

Versatile Enough to Accommodate Your Lifestyle

Whether you’re heading to the airport or out on a camping trip, the BMW X3 and the Acura RDX deliver the capabilities you need. For starters, you’ll find all-wheel drive (AWD) technology with both SAV®s.

The BMW X3 comes optionally with xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive. This powertrain supplies power to all four wheels at the first sign of lost traction. You’ll benefit from greater traction on slippery or low-friction surfaces. Similar capabilities are found with the available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ system of the RDX.

When the extra boost of traction isn’t needed, the X3 will travel around with rear-wheel drive. With power distributed to the rear wheels, you’ll find this is an advantage on the corners of busy streets and suburban roads compared to the front-wheel drive of the RDX.

Strong Enough for Big Toys

When camping weekends or moving days are in your future, you need an SAV® that’s powerful enough to haul trailers, boats, and any other toy that plays a role in your lifestyle.

Unfortunately for RDX drivers, you won’t have the power to bring anything larger than a small boat or other ultra-lightweight objects since it only has a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds, when properly equipped.

BMW X3 drivers, on the other hand, can attach a slew of toys to their SAV® whenever needed, including:

  • A trailer of camping gear
  • A boat for fishing
  • Jet skis for a thrilling day on the water

This is thanks to the 4,400-pound towing capacity of the X3, when properly equipped.


The cabin of your SAV® is like your second home. Make sure it’s as comfortable as possible by selecting the luxury vehicle that has the features you need.

VIP-Level Comfort

Transitioning your focus to the interior of both the Acura RDX and the BMW X3, you’ll find they come ready to help complete your local laps in luxury. Starting off with climate control, both models come standard with multi-zone control, allowing you and your passengers to find personalized comfort on the road.

Manning the 10 and two of the BMW X3, though, you’ll find your experience is taken to the next echelon. The X3 comes equipped with SensaTec upholstery seating. This animal-free leather-like seating experience will provide great style and comfort while also being eco-friendly. Unfortunately, the Acura RDX only comes standard with traditional leatherette seating.

Your Front-Row Seat

A luxurious ride is all about having the latest infotainment innovations. You’ll find both the X3 and the RDX offer tons of features to help you stay connected and entertained, including Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity as well as natural voice recognition.

Still, you may find the capabilities of the X3 with its BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant feature may provide more capabilities than the basic recognition technology of the RDX.

In either vehicle you’ll enjoy an immersive audio experience thanks to the premium sound systems found inside. However, the RDX may not provide as high-quality sound since it only comes standard with nine speakers in comparison to the 12 speakers that come standard with the X3.

Pick Your Luxury Vehicle

While both luxury models in our BMW X3 vs. Acura RDX comparison are impressive in their own right, it’s the 2023 X3 that simply has more to offer. If you live around Stratham, Portsmouth, or Exeter, NH, you can discover all its incredible features for yourself by visiting BMW of Stratham.

Contact us today to schedule a test drive.

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new 2023 X3 for yourself are conveniently available right here online.

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