When comparing the 2021 Acura RDX's and the 2021 BMW X3's specifications and ratings, the 2021 Acura RDX has the advantage in the areas of reliability, resale value, interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The 2021 BMW X3 has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for used cars, and fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the 2021 Acura RDX's and the 2021 BMW X3's specifications and ratings, the 2021 Acura RDX is a better car than the 2021 BMW X3.
2021 Acura RDX vs. 2021 BMW X3 Pricing
A used 2021 Acura RDX ranges from $30,884 to $42,288 while a used 2021 BMW X3 is priced between $28,354 to $49,761.
2021 Acura RDX vs. 2021 BMW X3 Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the 2021 Acura RDX loses 49.3 percent of its value and the 2021 BMW X3 loses 50.5 percent of its value. This means the 2021 Acura RDX retains 1.2 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the 2021 BMW X3.
2021 Acura RDX vs. 2021 BMW X3 Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Acura RDX is 8.8 out of 10 while the BMW X3's quality rating is 8.6 out of 10. This results in the Acura RDX being ranked 1 out of 29 Best Luxury Small SUVs and the BMW X3 being ranked 2 out of 29. Out of 60 Best Luxury 5-seater SUVs, the Acura RDX is ranked 3 and the BMW X3 is ranked 4. The Acura RDX is also ranked 4 out of 67 Best Luxury Crossover SUVs while the BMW X3 is ranked 5 out of 67.
2021 Acura RDX vs. 2021 BMW X3 Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Acura RDX is 8.6 out of 10. For the BMW X3 the reliability rating is 8.3 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 2021 Acura RDX’s base engine makes 272 horsepower, and the 2021 BMW X3 base engine makes 248 horsepower. The RDX is rated to deliver an average of 24 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 479 miles. The X3 is rated to deliver an average of 27 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 499 miles. This gives the 2021 BMW X3 the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the 2021 Acura RDX. Both models use premium unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are crossover/compact SUVs, the 2021 Acura RDX has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front shoulder room, front leg room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and cargo space. The 2021 BMW X3 has the advantage in the areas of front head room and rear head room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the 2021 Acura RDX and the 2021 BMW X3 have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars.