Acura RDX vs Audi Q3

2018 Acura RDX vs Audi Q3


If you're choosing your next luxury midsize SUV, the 2018 Acura RDX and 2018 Audi Q3 make a lot of sense, offering a wealth of features for drivers in Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, and Aliso Viejo.

The team at Norm Reeves Acura of Mission Viejo has compiled this review of each vehicle to discuss the main points of interest for car buyers looking for a thrill in their next SUV. We'll discuss the interiors of each vehicle, performance capabilities, and safety features. Check out the review below to educate yourself about these two vehicles and contact us with any questions.

Acura RDX vs Audi Q3: Spacious Interior

A smooth ride in your new luxury SUV should be a comfortable ride, too. You'll find it in the 2018 RDX with spacious seating for five. With 38.7 inches of front headroom, 42 inches of front legroom, and 38.1 inches of second-row headroom, the RDX bests the Q3 in each category. Passengers in the RDX will also enjoy the 38.3 inches of second-row legroom, cavernous compared to the 31.1 inches offered in the Q3.

There's plenty of cargo space to write home about, too. Overall cargo space in the RDX maxes out at 61.3 cu. ft., with 26.1 cu. ft. behind the seats. The Q3 can't quite match that space, with 50.3 cu. ft. of overall space and just 16.7 cu. ft. behind the seats. In the 2018 RDX, you'll have the room for your furry friend, some folding chairs, and gear for a weekend of hiking or other exciting outdoor activity.


When it comes to performance, the 2018 Acura RDX's powerful 3.5L V6 engine will be felt when you get behind the wheel. With the smooth 6-speed automatic transmission, the RDX generates 279 horsepower, enough for highway merging or passing other vehicles without issue, while providing a smooth ride around town, too.

The Q3, on the other hand, features a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, but the 200-horsepower engine can make it difficult to accelerate in highway situations, as it can feel like it's lacking power. You don't need to worry about sacrificing MPG for faster acceleration in the RDX, either. Both vehicles receive an EPA-estimated 20 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.1


A rearview camera comes standard in the 2018 Acura RDX and the 2018 Audi Q3, helping you navigate even the narrowest of parking spaces. Easily see pedestrians walking by or other vehicles passing through as you back up. The RDX's multi-view rear camera goes above and beyond, providing three angles to guide you into your spot. The Q3 doesn't offer a similar feature.

Acura's Keyless Access System is another convenient safety feature, created so you can unlock and start the car without taking the keys out of your pocket. The RDX will be able to sense the key remote but only unlocks the door once your hand touches the handle. The engine can also be turned on at the touch of a button. Presto! The keys never left your pocket. In the Audi Q3, you might have to fumble around your pockets or purse looking for your keys to access the vehicle.

2018 Acura RDX: Schedule a Test Drive Today

Through this review, you've had the chance to learn what the Acura RDX vs. Audi Q3 have to offer drivers in Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, and Aliso Viejo.

With a spacious interior, powerful V6 engine, and convenient safety features standard the 2018 RDX is a luxury SUV you should experience for yourself. Schedule a test drive with the team at Norm Reeves Acura of Mission Viejo or stop by our showroom to see this beautiful luxury vehicle up close.


1 Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.

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