Family Resemblance - 2012 BMW X3 Long-Term Road Test

2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test

2012 BMW X3: Family Resemblance

February 08, 2012

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I had a deja vu moment as I got into our BMW X3 yesterday. The key fob felt familiar, but it was bigger and chunkier in my hand. The seat's excellent lumbar adjustments were at my fingertips as always, but as I settled in, I sure had a whole lot loftier vista than usual. The iDrive was right where it belonged, but it was a mere island in the Fineline Sienna wood-trimmed console. I couldn't initially find the USB port -- it was lurking under a phone tray. Phone pairing was a snap -- just like always.

What the heck, you ask, is she talking about?

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Well, now that I've spent six weeks in my new car, the gorgeous Montego Blue 2011 BMW 328i coupe you see here, it was a blast to compare it to its hulkier SUV cousin. The X3 is a fine ride, and my friends who own an earlier version were digitally salivating when I sent them a picture. But the 328i is my Goldilocks car: It's just right.

I'll be writing about my shopping and buying experience soon in Readers Rides. But for those of you who wanted to know what I got, here it is. I couldn't be happier.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @2,093 miles

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