BMW is a comfortably established luxury marque. It has a history of technological innovation and engineering prowess. Its vehicles typically drive with steady composure and have solidly built interiors. And a reputation for excellence means BMW gets to charge more for its cars than some of its competitors do.
That’s the case in the compact luxury crossover segment, where the 2022 BMW X3 is the brand’s best-seller. It costs nearly $4,000 more than the 2022 Acura RDX, and the gap widens if you consider the Acura’s additional standard features. Acura is Honda’s luxury division, and it doesn’t command the same prestige as BMW. That means if you’re not dedicated to the BMW brand, the RDX is a tempting alternative to the X3. For this review, we tested both of these small luxury suvs to see what the BMW buys you for its extra money. Over the following pages, we’ll compare them in each of eight categories, then name an overall winner. Keep reading to see which one we chose and which one sounds like the better fit for you.