2012 BMW X3: I Could Get Used To This
June 04, 2012
The small crossover segment (Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, et al) is one of the most popular out there. It's not hard to figure out why: these things work out really well for a broad specturm of buyers. Trouble is, few, if any, are something you'd actually lust to own.
The BMW X3 comes close, though. I doubt I'd ever spend my days dreaming about one and spending hours on the BMW configurator. But geez, this thing is really nice, and certainly more desirable than a mainstream crossover. Like others have written before, it's pretty much a 335i on stilts. Very nice interior, high-end features, useful cargo area, pretty sharp handling and, the kicker, a cracking turbo inline-6 paired to a responsive eight-speed auto.
OK, yes, our tester costs $53,000. Innumerable other cars come to mind for that price. But as small crossovers go, I'd be very happy with this one.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 7,930 miles