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**2021 Acura RDX

2019 Acura RDX copy

2020 BMW X3

2021 Acura RDX vs. 2020 BMW X3

2021 Acura RDX FWD


2020 BMW X3

2.0L I4 engine

Standard Engine

2.0L I4 engine
280 lb-ft


258 lb-ft
272 horsepower


248 horsepower
10-speed automatic transmission


8-speed automatic transmission
79.8 cubic feet

Cargo Volume Behind First Row

62.7 cubic feet
$38,200 MSRP*

Starting Price

$41,950 MSRP

If you’re ready to upgrade your current Providence ride with a new luxury SUV or crossover, then you may have narrowed down your search to options like the Acura RDX or BMW X3. These two top-of-the-line models deliver some of the most impressive performance and features you’ll find in a new SUV at a competitive price, but only one can end up in your driveway. Discover which is right for you with the 2021 Acura RDX vs. BMW X3, then be sure to check out our inventory of new luxury models available at First Acura. 

RDX vs. X3: Starting Price and Trim Packages

When shopping for your next luxury SUV, you shouldn’t have to worry about breaking the bank in the process. That’s why the standard Acura RDX package with FWD comes with a lower starting price of $38,200 MSRP* over the base BMW X3 trim level which has a higher price of $41,950 MSRP. Along with having the benefit of a lower starting price, the RDX lineup features four configurations for Warwick drivers to choose from so they can find an option that meets their needs without stretching their wallet or budget. 

RDX vs. X3: Performance Specs

Performance is another important factor when selecting your next luxury SUV. The RDX and X3 share similar engine configurations, but the RDX delivers a stronger set of specs from its standard FWD system, as well as its available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system. If you opt for the Acura RDX, you’ll have a less reliable RWD system to support you. Take a look at the standard base specs for both of these luxury SUVs below:

2021 Acura RDX

  • 2.0L I4 engine
  • 280 lb-ft
  • 272 hp
  • 10-speed automatic transmission

2020 BMW X3

  • 2.0L I4 engine
  • 258 lb-ft
  • 248 hp
  • 8-speed automatic transmission

RDX vs. X3: Interior Space and Features

Comparing these two luxury SUVs’ interior features, you’ll find similar offerings to enhance your driving experience, such as a power moonroof, voice-activated controls for audio and Bluetooth wireless-enabled devices, heated front seats, satellite radio, noise cancellation, Jewel-Eye® LED headlights, and so much more. However, where the RDX and X3 slightly differ is their cabin dimensions. The RDX provides drivers with more cargo space and improved seating measurements, so you and your passengers can enjoy a comfortable ride. See the interior specs for both SUVs below:

2021 Acura RDX

  • Cargo Volume Behind Second Row: 31.14 cubic feet
  • Cargo Volume Behind First Row: 79.8 cubic feet
  • Passenger volume: 104 cubic feet
  • Headroom (front/rear): 40 inches / 38 inches
  • Legroom (front/rear): 42 inches / 38 inches
  • Hip room (front/rear): 55 inches / 50 inches
  • Shoulder (front/rear): 60 inches / 57 inches

2020 BMW X3

  • Cargo Volume Behind Second Row: 28.7 cubic feet
  • Cargo Volume Behind First Row: 62.7 cubic feet
  • Passenger volume: N/A
  • Headroom (front/rear): 41.1 inches / n/a
  • Legroom (front/rear): 40.3 inches / 36.4 inches 
  • Hip room (front/rear): N/A
  • Shoulder (front/rear): 57.6 inches / 56.0 inches 

Find a New Acura RDX for Sale at First Acura

After comparing the 2021 Acura RDX vs. BMW X3, you can check out more helpful Acura vs. BMW vehicle comparisons to help you find the right luxury model for your Cranston commute. At First Acura, you’ll find a great selection of new and pre-owned Acura RDX models for sale, along with a wide selection of many other luxury SUVs. Speak with a member of our finance team for details on leasing or value your trade-in vehicle to see how much you can put down toward your next vehicle purchase. Contact us today for more information and to schedule a test drive at our dealership near Attleboro!

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge for sedans (excluding PMC Edition) and SUVs (excluding PMC Edition) is $1,025.00. Destination & Handling charge for PMC Edition models and NSX is $1,995.00. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.
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