When comparing the 2018 BMW X3's and the 2018 Acura RDX's specifications and ratings, the 2018 BMW X3 has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency and interior volume. The 2018 Acura RDX has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for used cars, reliability, resale value, overall quality score and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the 2018 BMW X3's and the 2018 Acura RDX's specifications and ratings, the 2018 Acura RDX is a better car than the 2018 BMW X3.
2018 BMW X3 vs. 2018 Acura RDX Pricing
A used 2018 BMW X3 ranges from $21,994 to $37,497 while a used 2018 Acura RDX is priced between $19,114 to $29,998.
2018 BMW X3 vs. 2018 Acura RDX Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the 2018 BMW X3 loses 50.5 percent of its value and the 2018 Acura RDX loses 49.3 percent of its value. This means the 2018 Acura RDX retains 1.2 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the 2018 BMW X3.
2018 BMW X3 vs. 2018 Acura RDX Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the BMW X3 is 8.6 out of 10 while the Acura RDX's quality rating is 8.8 out of 10. This results in the BMW X3 being ranked 2 out of 29 Best Luxury Small SUVs and the Acura RDX being ranked 1 out of 29. Out of 60 Best Luxury 5-seater SUVs, the BMW X3 is ranked 4 and the Acura RDX is ranked 3. The BMW X3 is also ranked 5 out of 67 Best Luxury Crossover SUVs while the Acura RDX is ranked 4 out of 67.
2018 BMW X3 vs. 2018 Acura RDX Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the BMW X3 is 8.3 out of 10. For the Acura RDX the reliability rating is 8.6 out of 10. This gives the Acura RDX a slight advantage in reliability compared to the BMW X3.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the 2018 BMW X3’s base engine makes 248 horsepower, and the 2018 Acura RDX base engine makes 279 horsepower. The X3 is rated to deliver an average of 25 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 499 miles. The RDX is rated to deliver an average of 23 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 448 miles. This gives the 2018 BMW X3 the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the 2018 Acura RDX. Both models use premium unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are crossover/compact SUVs, the 2018 BMW X3 has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, rear head room, and cargo space. The 2018 Acura RDX has the advantage in the areas of front shoulder room, front leg room, rear shoulder room and rear leg room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the 2018 BMW X3 and the 2018 Acura RDX have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars.