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Acura RDX, BMW X3, Car Buying, SUV
#239 of 327 Re: more competition (think 2009 though) [steve_]
Nov 04, 2006 (11:55 am)
I stopped the BMW showroom today and gave the 2007 X3 a close look. GORGEOUS car. I can see why somebody might go for that over an RDX. Is it worth the $7K premium over a comparably equipped RDX? As always, it's your dough. But if I were leasing instead of buying that might be very tempting.
It's all good. I like my RDX too. Not quite as nice as a BMW in some respects - on the other hand within 3-4 years the car will be PAID FOR : ). An novel concept to half the BMW drivers out there I suspect (I was one of them, I leased my 2001 BMW 540i for 3 years).
By the way the RDX and the new 260hp BMW X3 are just about identical in performance specifications...
#240 of 327 Re: more competition (think 2009 though) [patentcad1]
Nov 04, 2006 (6:00 pm)
Also keep in mind when weighting competitive values that the X3 is available with a manual transmission. And since it is rear torque biased it is therefore most definitely a much safer SUV choice than ANY front torque biased one
Biggest (only?) shortcoming for me is the inability of buying a set of actual BMW repair/shop manuals.
#241 of 327 Re: more competition (think 2009 though) [wwest]
Nov 04, 2006 (6:48 pm)
>> And since it is rear torque biased it is therefore most definitely a much safer SUV choice than ANY front torque biased one << I really think that's mostly hooey. The SH AWD on the Acura is rock solid.
#242 of 327 Re: more competition (think 2009 though) [wwest]
Nov 05, 2006 (8:57 am)
Safer? Perhaps Peppy!
Nov 17, 2006 (2:03 pm)
I took a test drive in both vehicles today. The RDX is a nice vehicle at a reasonable price. I would call it upscale, perhaps more appealing to an upwardly mobile 30 something. The X3 is a clearly superior luxury vehicle for which you will pay a premium both at purchase and in long term maintenance (if you plan to keep vehicle) perhaps aimed at 40 somethings and empty nesters. I am going to bite the bullet and pay the premium price for the X3 as I liked it substantially more, particularly the smoothness of the powertrain and the more premium look of the vehicle inside and out. Gas mileage of the X3 is rated higher and appears to be more consistent based on what I've read. Additionally, after reading criticism of the X3's harsh ride, I was pleasantly surprised to find the ride quite smooth, even when I intentionally drove it over road imperfections to test it out. The RDX was stiffer by comparison.
Nov 20, 2006 (4:36 am)
I looked at X3's in the showroom recently. Never test drove the car - out of my price range about $40K ($33K was a stretch for me at this point). The X3 is clearly superior in most respects. I suppose you get what you pay for. I'm very happy with the RDX to date and satisfied with the value delivered for the $. But I'd agree with the criticisms leveled the RDX to date (stiff ride, lousier mpgs than advertised). The car works for me. Also, I won't buy a pricey Euro import - I plan on keeping this car to at least 150K miles. If I were still leasing, I'd probably be driving an X3.
Fuel economy? On cars that cost $33-$40K+? I suppose you might have a more valid concern once gas hits $4 per gallon. Until then a 2-3mpg swing seems like the least of your worries after the $400-$600+ monthly car payment, insurance and maintenance.
#246 of 327 Re: more competition (think 2009 though) [nobody3]
Nov 23, 2006 (8:19 am)
"(Note: I know, it all depends on the criteria chosen)"
Which they change constantly - a moving target for the auto makers
#247 of 327 decisions...
Dec 23, 2006 (7:36 am)
Okay now, My head has been spinning! I have driven both vehicles and I'm at the purchase point for Acura, with the option of an X3 lease knocking on the back door! I agree, those are my options, and with a great finance percentage from acura, the deal is sweet er.
I love a euro tight driving vehicle, and really thought my next car would be an audi. My V6 stick shift VW passat, now turning 9 years old, will stay on the road as a second car. The car is worth more on the road for me then trade in. Still tight as a drum and fun to drive with 125000 mi.
fact is, I'm in love with the exterior of the bimmer, and the silly sunroof (I'm a woman). But shocked that a car of that stature inside, could be so basic and frankly... unexciting. Turning forty, I can see myself behind the wheel. Just can't let myself lease a car when I could out right purchase The RDX that's just as fun to drive, and so much more luxurious inside. Not to mention tecky? Darn that car would be fun to own. A little concerned about the fact that Acura "Service engine" lights can only be turned off by Acura. I'm not too thrilled about the gas mileage either. It might be comparable to my hubby's full size V8 truck (hence why I'm keeping the VW).
For kicks and comparisons, I drove the CRV, the ford edge, and the honda path finder also. The mazda CX7 was next, but I can't get past it's out right ugliness.
The Edge brought Mazda and ford together to make a pretty loaded vehicle that would make a woman happy. I like the panoramic sunroof and the folding front seat option. The seats go down really easy and much flater then eith X3 or Rdx. You can't put this heavy weight in the same class however. It handles nice for a heavy SUV, but it's no sports car. It's bigger and feels it. The dash is way too big, and when driving it, I felt Like I couldn't get high enough in the seat to look over the monstrous dash. Low quality feel to the interior, but compartments and places to put stuff is adaquate like the RDX, I thought X3 lacked in that dept too. All in all, won't buy ford anyway, but on paper, the edge looks impressive for the price. Gas milage not so great, but the thing doesn't look too bad on the outside. I think my mother-in-law would love it!
Back to forum, sorry so long...I gotta get to Acura and buy this car!
#248 of 327 Re: decisions... [micckie]
Dec 23, 2006 (10:51 am)
Not trying to make your head spin more, but I would vote for the X3. I have a TL which, in my opinion, is more luxurious than the RDX, and has most of the techy stuff. But I think a lot of that is window-dressing, and after the novelty wears off, the practical appeal is diminished. And on the luxury issue, I really don't honestly find the RDX to be luxurious. I think the Bimmer's luxury is more subtle. It may hold its appeal longer.