Acura MDX vs BMW X3
Hi this is my first visit to the Forums , I am looking to lease the MDX or the BMW3. Would like some info on the difference between the 2. My husband likes the dash and interior feel of MDX. How about the ride? WE are getting very confused and may even just settle for a Santa Fe type SUV Help please
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Lots of people do cross shop sedans and SUVs at the same time but the names get as confusing as trying to keep track of the different feature sets.
If you are just shopping SUVs, check out the Volvo XC90 vs MB M Class vs Acura MDX vs Lexus RX 330 vs BMW X5 vs Cadillac SRX discussion for ideas (just consider the X3 the little brother ).
Check out the leasing discussions too, like the Acura MDX: Lease Questions one.
You may want to play around with the Vehicle Comparison tool too.
Oh, and here's another that may also be of interest:
BMW X3 vs Acura RDX
You asked about the ride - try'm both! If you're having trouble chosing, it makes sense - you're at a level where it's personal - more like art, not science!
As far as ride quality is concerned, I'd have to side with the MDX. The X3 is a sportier vehicle and has tighter suspension. It loses some ride compliance, but gains an advantage in handling. With the MDX, you can opt for the Sport Package. That includes a fancy suspension system which allows the driver to select from comfort or sport modes. This is probably the best of both worlds, but it also adds to the cost of the vehicle.
As far as the dash is concerned, I'd let that go with personal preference. Both are made with nice materials and are assembled very well. They just have different styling.
I'd suggest that you start with a budget, then start trying to find the vehicle that best suits your needs/desires within that budget.