Whether going to work or weekend excursions, drivers throughout Peabody, Danvers, and Beverly often look for an SUV with plenty of features to make their drives more enjoyable. Two popular options on the road today are the 2018 Audi Q3 and the 2018 Acura RDX. But which one is right for you?

To help answer that question, our team at Ira Audi of Peabody created this Audi Q3 vs. Acura RDX comparison. We'll go over everything you need to know about these cars, so you can make an informed decision. Read about their similarities and differences below, and contact us if you have any questions.


Audi Q3 vs Acura RDX Interior

The 2018 Audi Q3 and 2018 Acura RDX offer plenty of amenities to make everyone on board nice and comfortable. The Audi Q3 comes standard with leather seating surfaces and a leather-wrapped shift knob. It additionally comes with 12-way power front seats with 4-way power lumbar adjustment to get in that perfect seating position.

While the Acura RDX comes with leather seats and a leather-wrapped shift knob, as well, the adjustability of the front seats doesn't match those in the Audi. It instead comes standard with a 10-way power driver's seat and a 4-way power front passenger's seat. And even with an upgrade, the passenger seat is still only an 8-way power one.

Cutting-Edge Technology

These SUVs offer lots of advanced tech features to help stay connected and entertained throughout every drive. They both come standard with Bluetooth® capability and a trial subscription to SiriusXM® Satellite Radio.

And to listen to your music in concert-like quality, the Audi Q3 has an available 14-speaker Bose® Surround Sound System. The available ELS Studio® Premium Audio System in the Acura RDX, on the other hand, only has 10 speakers.

Both vehicles feature infotainment systems with 7-inch display screens to access media options like the radio, phone, or navigation. However, many have stated that the system in the Acura RDX is a bit complicated and confusing to operate.

Audi Q3 vs Acura RDX Specs

The 2018 Q3 comes standard with a 2.0L TFSI® 4-cylinder engine that's mated to a 6-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission with quattro® all-wheel drive (AWD). With the AWD system, the vehicle can achieve an EPA-estimated 20 city/28 highway MPG.*

The 2018 RDX, by comparison, comes standard with a 3.5L i-VTEC V6 engine that's paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. While this SUV is also available in all-wheel drive, it can only achieve an EPA-estimated 19 city/27 highway MPG. While it might not seem like much of a difference, it's more noticeable when you have long commutes on the highway or are in constant stop-and-go traffic.

2018 Audi Q3 vs 2018 Acura RDX: The Verdict

The 2018 Acura RDX is certainly a commendable vehicle. However, the 2018 Audi Q3 has more available amenities and a more fuel-efficient performance. But to help determine if this SUV is best for your drives around Peabody, Danvers, and Beverly, you'll need to test it out in person.

To get behind the wheel and experience the Q3 for yourself, contact us to schedule a test drive at Ira Audi of Peabody today!


*EPA estimates. Your mileage and emissions will vary and depend on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition. See www.fueleconomy.gov for details.

Get More Information


Audi Peabody

252 Andover St
Directions Peabody, MA 01960

  • Sales: (978) 605-2293
  • Service: (978) 605-2199
  • Main: (978) 605-2181


  • Monday 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Tuesday 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Wednesday 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Thursday 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Friday 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Sunday 11am-5:00pm
    Last Sunday of
    Each Month