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2009 BMW X3 2009 Acura RDX
2009 BMW X3 2009 Acura RDX
  • AWD 4dr SUV
  • AWD
  • AWD with Technology Package


MSRP $39,700 $33,895  
Invoice $36,525 $31,164
Avg. Paid $18,260 $16,167

U.S. News Scores

Overall 9.0 8.6  
Critics' Rating 8.4 8.6
Performance 8.6 8.7
Interior 7.7 7.7
Cost to Own 8.5 8.8
Safety 10.0 9.4
Reliability 5.0 4.0

Pros & Cons

  • Sporty handling
  • Outstanding safety ratings
  • Cavernous cargo area
  • Manual transmission available
  • Athletic handling
  • Lots of standard features
  • Sport-tuned suspension can feel too firm
  • Lackluster interior quality

General Specs

Transmission Manual Automatic  
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I6 3.0L/183 Gas I4 2.3L/140
MPG 16 City / 23 Hwy 17 City / 22 Hwy



Body Style 4 Door 4 Door  


Wheelbase(in) 110.1 104.3  
Length, Overall (in) 179.9 180.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.0 73.6
Height, Overall (in) 65.9 65.2

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard  
Privacy Glass Optional Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Dual Moonroof Standard  
Sun/Moon Roof Standard Standard
Panoramic Roof Standard
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard Standard
Sunroof Sunshield Standard
Sunroof Wind Deflector Standard
Running Boards Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard Standard


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4012 3924  

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Optional  
Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Optional
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Standard  
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
HID headlights Optional Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard
Rear Floor Mats Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Standard
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Optional
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5  
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 90.1 101.4
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 38.7
Front Leg Room (in) 40.2 41.8
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.6 58.2
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 54.4
Second Head Room (in) 39.4 38.3
Second Leg Room (in) 35.8 37.7
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.0 56.3
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 53.0
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 71.0 60.6
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 30.0 28.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard  
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
Equalizer Optional
HD Radio Optional
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard  
Dual Zone A/C Standard
A/C Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional  
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Standard


Leather Seats Optional Standard  
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional Standard
Heated Passenger Seat Optional Standard
Heated Rear Seat Optional
Driver Lumbar Optional Standard
Passenger Lumbar Optional
Seat Memory Standard Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard
Bucket Seats Optional Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard  
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Optional


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard  
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard  
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

All Wheel Drive Standard Standard  
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
Straight 6 Cylinder Engine Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Gas I6 Gas I4
Displacement 3.0L/183 2.3L/140
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 260 @ 6600 240 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 225 @ 2750 260 @ 4500
Transmission Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 38.4 39.2


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard  
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 23 22
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.7 18.0


Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent  
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double-Pivot MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Central Link Multilink


Automatic Optional Standard  
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Optional Standard
5-Speed Automatic Standard
6-Speed Automatic Optional
Manual Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.