Compare: 2021 Acura RDX vs 2021 BMW X3

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2021 Acura RDX vs. 2021 BMW X3 Comparison Overview

The new Acura RDX is here, and we're proud to report it's as fun to drive as it is easy on the eyes. Indeed, this 2021 Acura SUV boasts formidable hardware for riveting performance as well as a bold interior style that's both comfortable and stunning in equal measure. At Erin Mills Acura, we've taken the opportunity to compare the latest RDX to a rival in the 2021 BMW X3 now that the new Acura SUV has arrived in our showroom. If you're based in Mississauga, Ontario or any of the neighbouring areas of Toronto, Oakville, or Brampton, find out how the 2021 Acura RDX gets the nod over the latest X3 below, and you can always contact us at your leisure for more information.

Comfort & Convenience

The latest RDX enters its new model year with an interior that's both sporty and upscale. With leatherette upholstery, ambient interior lighting, and dual-zone automatic climate control all coming standard, the 2021 Acura RDX's cabin style equally provides comfort and refinement. This new Acura's driving position offers both the ideal height that SUV lovers crave, as well as the flexibility for classic driving enthusiasts to personalize their ride. In other words, the latest RDX's interior style makes it an excellent choice for those who prefer a sportier aesthetic in an SUV package without sacrificing comfort.

As for the 2021 X3, this BMW SUV isn't stingy in upscale materials and its seating is supportive enough, but its interior design lacks character, which may disappoint those in the market for a new SUV, given the X3's heftier price tag. Furthermore, this new BMW model may be easy on the eyes, but it trails the Acura RDX in terms of practicality, as it offers less cargo and storage capacity.


Acura puts performance first, and the 2021 RDX is no exception. This new SUV packs a lot of pep in a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 272 horsepower. The RDX's robust motor pairs with a smooth 10-speed automatic transmission, while Acura's available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system provides drivers with optimal stability and traction. Whether you opt for the standard front-wheel drivetrain or the lauded SH-AWD system, you'll enjoy precise steering, responsive acceleration, and an engaging drive at the wheel of Acura's new RDX.

The 2021 BMW X3, by comparison, boasts a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine of its own, but it packs less power than the RDX's motor, and thrill-seekers craving enhanced performance will have to splurge on the X3's peppier 3.0-litre engine option. To its credit, this BMW SUV offers a well-balanced ride, but it doesn't handle itself nearly as athletically as several of its rivals, the Acura RDX included.


Both these SUVs join the market with solid safety and crash-test ratings, but it's Acura's new offering that gets the nod in driver-assist technology. Indeed, while the BMW X3 offers some of the basics in its base model, the 2021 Acura RDX's standard safety suite is as comprehensive as they come. For starters, the RDX has a leg up on the X3 by offering Adaptive Cruise Control as standard, with other popular functions like Forward Collision Warning and a Collision Mitigation Braking System also coming standard. Rounding out this Acura SUV's suite is a Lane Departure Warning system, a Lane Keeping Assist System, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System. With a safety suite this extensive, the 2021 Acura RDX gives you all the help you'll need to brave the road with the utmost confidence.

If you'd like further details on the new Acura RDX or if you'd like to book a test drive, contact us at Erin Mills Acura, and we'll be happy to help.

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