Whether going to work or on weekend excursions, drivers throughout Peabody, Danvers, and Beverly, MA, often look for an SUV with plenty of features to make their drives more enjoyable. Two popular options on the road today are the 2021 Audi Q3 and the 2021 Acura RDX. But which one is right for you?

To help answer that question, our team at Audi Peabody has 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: Luxury SUV Dimensions

One of the many benefits to driving a luxury SUV is the extra space this automotive body style provides. The Audi Q3 and the Acura RDX are no exceptions to the rule. Both SUVs accommodate up to five passengers inside, meaning there's plenty of room for your family and friends.

To help you decide whether the Audi Q3 vs. Acura RDX is the right fit for you, let's take a closer look at the dimensions of these two models to see which one is small enough to make parking easy while still providing plenty of interior passenger space!


Audi Q3

Acura RDX


176.6/72.8/62.9 inches

186.7/74.8/65.7 inches

Headroom (front/rear)

39.6/37.6 inches

40/38 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

40/36.1 inches

42/38 inches

Shoulder room (front/rear)

56.7/55.1 inches

60/57 inches

The Acura RDX is a larger SUV that adds some extra passenger room, but you may find it harder to squeeze into parking spots and quickly change lanes because of its bigger size. Depending on if you want slightly more passenger space or have an easier time parking your luxury SUV, either the Audi Q3 or the Acura RDX may be the better option for you.

Audi Q3 vs Acura RDX: Interior

The 2021 Audi Q3 and the 2021 Acura RDX offer plenty of amenities to make everyone on board nice and comfortable. Some features offered with both models include:

  • Heated front seats
  • Multi-zone climate control systems
  • White ambient cabin lighting

The standard heated front seats will warm you and your copilot on chilly New England nights or help keep your muscles relaxed on long commutes. Additionally, the multi-zone climate control system will further enable you and your passengers to travel with premium comfort.

However, only you and your copilot can independently adjust your temperature controls when you drive the Acura RDX. The Audi Q3, on the other hand, lets you, your copilot, and your rear-seat passengers all adjust individual climate settings without affecting one another.

To further enhance your commute, white ambient cabin lighting is a standard feature. If you want more color options, you can upgrade to an available ambient lighting package with either SUV. The Acura RDX comes available with red cabin lighting, but the Audi Q3 is available with both red and blue ambient lighting.

When you're looking for premium interior amenities, the Audi Q3 is the way to go.

Audi Q3 vs Acura RDX: Cutting-Edge Technology

These SUVs offer lots of advanced tech features to help you stay connected and entertained throughout every drive. They both come standard with Bluetooth® capability and smartphone integration thanks to Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. These integrative features allow you to do many things, such as:

  • Play your favorite songs, podcasts, and other digital features while on the go
  • Add compatible apps to your commute
  • Stay connected to loved ones

Since both the Q3 and the RDX come standard with these features, either one is a great choice in this regard. Additionally, navigation features are available to help you travel around town with crystal-clear directions. Still, the Q3 makes it easier to find your POI (point of interest) thanks to the available MMI® touch response with handwriting recognition.

This lets you write what you're looking for rather than type. Your Q3 will interpret this information and help guide you to your destination. With the RDX, this isn't possible.

In need of a tech-savvy commute? The Q3 is the way to go.

Audi Q3 vs Acura RDX: Advanced Safety Features

Since both SUVs are equipped with plenty of premium amenities, the Audi Q3 and the Acura RDX make it easy to enjoy these features to the fullest thanks to the advanced safety features offered with both models. These features use cameras and sensors to monitor a range around your vehicle and provide you with an alert when a potential hazard is detected.

Under certain circumstances, some features may provide automatic intervention when there's no reaction to the alert in an attempt to help avoid a collision. That way, you can travel with complete confidence, knowing you always have an attentive copilot with you.

While both the Audi Q3 and the Acura RDX come equipped with safety features, one model offers more, helping you feel even more secure behind the wheel.



  • Audi pre sense® front with pedestrian protection
  • Lane departure warning
  • Audi pre sense® basic
  • High beam assist
  • Forward Collision Warning System
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Auto High-Beam Headlights

As you can see, both the Audi Q3 and Acura RDX offer advanced safety features that may help prevent a forward-facing collision, help you stay within your marked lane, and turn on and off your high beams for you. The Acura RDX offers the standard Adaptive Cruise Control feature, which is an available feature with the Q3 with the added Traffic Jam assist feature.

One feature you won't find with the RDX but is standard with the Q3 is the Audi pre sense® basic feature. This safety feature steps in when an unavoidable collision is detected. When this occurs, your Q3 will automatically pre-tension all safety belts and close all windows. Additionally, the hazard lights are enabled. This can help reduce the severity of the collision.

If you're looking for the most safety features possible, the Audi Q3 is the way to go.

Q3 vs RDX: Performance Specs

Want a thrilling commute? You're sure to be satisfied with either the Audi Q3 or the Acura RDX thanks to their impressive performance features.


Audi Q3

Acura RDX


2.0L turbo

2.0L turbo


quattro® all-wheel drive

front-wheel drive

EPA-estimated MPG

22 city/30 highway MPG*

22 city/28 highway MPG

Both SUVs are great choices in terms of performance, but the Q3 may be the better choice thanks to its standard all-wheel drive (AWD) drivetrain. This lets you take your adventures on nearly any terrain while still maintaining proper traction. The Acura RDX does make this possible, but only when you upgrade to the optional AWD drivetrain.

Plus, the Audi Q3 allows you to travel farther distances thanks to its higher fuel efficiency compared to the Acura RDX.

So, our vote is for the Audi Q3 when comparing the performance features of these two models.

2021 Audi Q3 vs 2021 Acura RDX: The Verdict

The 2021 Acura RDX is certainly a commendable vehicle. However, the 2021 Audi Q3 has more available amenities and a more fuel-efficient performance. But to help you determine if this SUV is right for your drives around Peabody, Danvers, or Beverly, Massachusetts, you'll need to test it out firsthand

To get behind the wheel and experience the Q3 for yourself, contact us to schedule a test drive at Audi 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.

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