The 2020 Acura RDX vs. the BMW X3

The 2020 Acura RDX vs. the BMW X3

The Stylish RDX Takes on Its German Contender

Picture of 2020 Acura RDX and BMW X3

CAPACITY

Seating

Doors

ENGINE

Liters/Type

Horsepower (hp)

Torque (lb-ft)

TRANSMISSION

Type

DRIVETRAIN

Type

FUEL CONSUMPTION

Estimated Fuel Economy (city / hwy)

STARTING MSRP

Price (USD)

Acura RDX Standard

Acura RDX Standard

CAPACITY

5 Adults

4 Doors

ENGINE

2.0L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder

272 hp @ 6,500 rpm

280 lb-ft @ 1,600-4,500 rpm

TRANSMISSION

10-Speed Automatic

DRIVETRAIN

Front-Wheel Drive

FUEL CONSUMPTION

22/28

STARTING MSRP

$37,600

BMW X3 sDrive30i

BMW X3 sDrive30i

CAPACITY

5 Adults

4 Doors

ENGINE

2.0L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder

248 hp @ 5,200 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1,450 rpm

TRANSMISSION

8-Speed Automatic

DRIVETRAIN

Rear-Wheel Drive

FUEL CONSUMPTION

25/29

STARTING MSRP

$41,950

An Edgy Take on the SUV

What’s the difference between the Acura RDX vs BMW X3?

Putting an emphasis on sport and style, the 2020 Acura RDX features a bold diamond pentagon grille, an etched hood and sleek Jewel Eye® LED headlights. Dynamic body sculpting flows down the RDX’s body where it flows to the dynamic rear, which boasts a rear diffuser, dual exhaust and LED-illuminated dragon taillights. Available 20-inch Shark Gray Split-Spoke wheels exude even more of a sporty exclamation as the RDX impresses onlookers.

The 2020 BMW X3 proudly wears the German automaker’s iconic twin-kidney grille, while boasting standard LED headlights and cornering lights. Thoughtful aerodynamic bodywork doubles as styling cues as the X3 safely plays its role as a capable Sports Activity Vehicle®. Satin Aluminum roof rails come standard, as do a good-looking set of standard 18-inch Y-spoke light-alloy wheels.

A Forward-Thinking Cabin

Inside, the 2020 RDX features a premium cabin experience, bringing authentic, high-grade materials and sophisticated touches. Heated front seats are standard and feature a 12-way power function while dual-zone automatic climate control with humidity control and air filtration is also standard. Available Milano leather means that the entire cabin sits comfortably on soft leather while brushed aluminum and available Natural Olive Ash Burl Wood accents the sophisticated nature of the RDX.

Available ambient lighting sets the mood while a standard tilt and slide power panoramic moonroof lets light flood in. Standard push-button start and an electronic push-button gear selector both bring additional conveniences to your commute. At the rear, the RDX makes room for up to 79.8 cubic-feet of cargo space, while also featuring a nifty underfloor storage compartment.

The BMW X3 boasts a forward-thinking, edgy style that features standard leatherette seats and accentuates the stylish cabin with standard Dark Oak Wood trim. Standard dual-zone climate control allows both sides of the cabin to be set at the ideal temperature while an available panoramic moonroof fills the cabin with light. Making room for storage, the X3 accommodates cargo by offering 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats while making room for up to 62.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

Performance that Impresses

Powering the edgy 2020 Acura RDX is a powerful 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that puts out a healthy 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, the 2020 RDX is both quick on its feet and responsive. Front-wheel-drive models work efficiently, returning an EPA-estimated 28 MPG on the highway. Available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive is available and gives the RDX the ability to constantly monitor road conditions and vehicle performance. The intelligent system can seamlessly and instantly transfer power to the front and rear axles, and further to individual wheels, maximizing performance and capability in inclement weather.

The 2020 BMW X5 is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that delivers 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Paired to a slick 8-speed transmission the X3 sDrive30i sends power to the rear wheels, and it returns an EPA-estimated 29 MPG on the highway. The available intelligent xDrive system monitors vehicle performance and watches for wheelspin. When extra torque is needed, the system will send engine power to the wheels that can use them the most, improving on-road handling and off-road capability.

A High-Tech Driving Experience

The 2020 RDX boasts intuitive connectivity, including a standard 10.2-inch display controlled by an intuitive True Touchpad Interface. The interface offers a greater connection between you and your Acura, letting your hand rest naturally as it navigates the functions of the infotainment system with second-nature familiarity. Standard on every model is Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto, allowing you to seamlessly sync your smartphone with ease and enjoy turn by turn navigation via Google Maps or Apple Maps, playlists, text messages and phone calls — all on the same convenient interface as your smartphone. An available 10.5-inch head-up display projects vehicle vitals, in addition to media, navigation and entertainment on the screen in full-color, unmistakable graphics. Meanwhile, an available Acura ELS Studio 3D® premium audio system is available to rock your world.

The X3 offers a connected driving experience with BMW Live Cockpit Professional which seamlessly integrates a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster and HD 10.25-inch Central Information Display for a wide range of customization and connectivity. A built-in personal assistant activities with the phrase “Hey BMW”. The central information display features an active touchscreen while also fully controllable via the iDrive rotary dial. Available Apple CarPlay allows for easy smartphone integration, while available built-in navigation brings real-time traffic updates, and turn-by-turn directions with 3D graphics.

Interior picture of the 2020 Acura RDX

Safety Leading the Way

Featuring standard AcuraWatch, the 2020 RDX features standard collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist. In addition, Road Departure Mitigation Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Departure Warning are also standard on the RDX, making sure that safety comes standard.

Though the BMW doesn’t feature such an array of standard safety features, the available Driving Assistance Package includes dynamic features like Active Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Mitigation and much more, to ensure that your driving experience remains safe and sound.

Your Trusted McMurray Car Dealership

If you’re searching for an Acura RDX for sale, look no further than Spitzer Acura. Featuring an array of new Acuras, we have a car that fits nearly every budget and lifestyle. Whether you want a new car, a used or a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle, we’re your top automotive destination.

Our friendly sales staff is here to help you find your new car, while our finance department is ready and able to get you in your new car at affordable payments. Come in to Spitzer Acura today to test-drive the 2020 Acura RDX and drive off in your new adventurous SUV.