The 2017 Acura RDX vs. The 2017 BMW X3

2017 Acura RDX

2017 Acura RDX

2017 BMW X3

2017 BMW X3

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When it comes to choosing a new compact crossover SUV, there are a lot of different models on the market today. For drivers all the way from nearby Daphne to Biloxi, MS who want a model that’s a step above the fray, however, there are really only a few premium vehicles worthy of consideration. The 2017 Acura RDX gives you plenty of power and features at an affordable price, and the 2017 BMW X3, too, has also caught the attention of many. Still, when it comes to accessibility and standard power and features, the Acura RDX ultimately pulls out ahead. Learn how with this comparison guide before visiting Joe Bullard Acura in Mobile, AL for a test drive.


Acura is known for offering affordable vehicles with luxury appointments and sporty performance. The 2017 Acura RDX is no exception, coming at a more affordable price than the 2017 BMW X3:

  • Acura RDX – MSRP from $35,670*
  • BMW X3 – MSRP from $39,250

Standard Performance

Most crossover shoppers are looking for some added traction from their vehicle, and both of these vehicles offer that with the option of an all-wheel driver system. When it comes to standard powertrain output, though, the 2017 Acura RDX has the edge:

  • Acura RDX – The standard engine on this compact crossover SUV is a 3.5L V6 that makes 279 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque, which it sends out via a six-speed automatic transmission.
  • BMW X3 – The standard powertrain setup on the BMW X3 is a turbocharged 2.0L inline-four engine matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Output is noticeably lower than on the RDX’s V6, coming in at only 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.

Base Features

You’ll find an abundance of premium features on both of these models’ base trims. The Acura RDX and BMW X3 both come with standard cabin appointments like leatherette upholstery, power front seats, an advanced infotainment system, Bluetooth® phone and audio, a power liftgate, and a variety of other desirable comfort, style, and convenience features. The Acura RDX then goes a step further by providing you with standard satellite radio and a sunroof. While you can get those features on the BMW X3, they’re only made available as expensive upgrades.

Spend Less and Get More with the 2017 Acura RDX

After running through the specs and features on the 2017 Acura RDX and comparing them to those of the 2017 BMW X3, it might still be surprising to that the Acura is the much more affordable choice. So what are you waiting for? Find the new Acura RDX now near Biloxi and Daphne at Joe Bullard Acura, where you can easily secure financing today. We’re open Monday through Saturday, and you can reach us online or call us with any questions at 251-237-9447.

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge is $950 for sedans and $975 for SUVs. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices.