Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 BMW X3 VS 2017 Acura RDX Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 BMW X3

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2017 Acura RDX

Safety Comparison

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The X3 offers an optional Surround View to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The RDX only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the X3 and the RDX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the BMW X3 is safer than the Acura RDX:

X3

RDX

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

44

118

Hip Force

222 lbs.

398 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

69 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

185

503

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

39 G’s

Hip Force

355 lbs.

698 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

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The X3’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the RDX’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X3 for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Acura doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the RDX.

There are over 28 percent more BMW dealers than there are Acura dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X3’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X3 has a standard 210-amp alternator (180-amp - X3 diesel). The RDX’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

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The X3 s/xDrive28i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 8 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 252) than the RDX’s 3.5 SOHC V6. The X3 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 21 more horsepower (300 vs. 279) and 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 252) than the RDX’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

The X3’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 28 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 252) than the RDX’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the X3 xDrive28d gets better fuel mileage than the RDX AWD (27 city/34 hwy vs. 19 city/27 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the X3 gets better fuel mileage than the RDX:

X3

RDX

2WD

sDrive28i/Auto

21 city/28 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

V6/Auto

4WD

xDrive28i/Auto

21 city/28 hwy

19 city/27 hwy

V6/Auto

xDrive35i/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

Regenerative brakes improve the X3’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The RDX doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the X3’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The RDX doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The X3 has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the RDX (17.7 vs. 16 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the X3’s brake rotors are larger than those on the RDX:

X3

RDX

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12 inches

The X3’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the RDX are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the X3 has larger standard tires than the RDX (245/50R18 vs. 235/60R18). The X3’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RDX (F:245/45R19 & R:275/40R19 vs. 235/60R18).

The X3’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the RDX’s standard 60 series tires. The X3’s optional 245/40R20 front and 275/35R20 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the RDX’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X3 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The RDX’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X3 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The RDX doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The X3 offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The RDX’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X3’s wheelbase is 4.9 inches longer than on the RDX (110.6 inches vs. 105.7 inches).

The X3’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.1% to 49.9%) than the RDX’s (60% to 40%). This gives the X3 more stable handling and braking.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The X3 has 2 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more rear headroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the RDX.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The X3 has a much larger cargo area than the RDX with its rear seat up (27.6 vs. 26.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the X3 easier. The X3’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.8 inches, while the RDX’s liftover is 29.4 inches.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the X3’s available cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The RDX doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The X3 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The RDX doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the X3 and the RDX have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the X3 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The RDX prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The X3’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The RDX’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

The X3’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The RDX’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the X3 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The RDX doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The X3 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The RDX doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the X3 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The RDX doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the X3 offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The RDX doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Both the X3 and the RDX offer available heated front seats. The X3 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the RDX.

On extremely cold Winter days, the X3’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The RDX doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The X3’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The RDX doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

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The BMW X3 has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

X3

RDX

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Kiplinger’s Award

TRUE

n/a

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