2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test


2012 BMW X3: I'd Pick It For A Road Trip

June 13, 2012

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Kelly's post today about going to the Grand Canyon with two adults and two "super chatty" 11-year-old girls got me thinking about our X3's road-trip abilities. Not sure how much gear Kelly is planning on taking, but it certainly seems feasible that the X3 would work out. There's enough rear seat legroom plus a decent-sized luggage area. Still, the JX or the Quest would unquestionably be more comfortable for all involved.

In other circumstances, though, I'd gladly take the X3 on a road trip. Jay used it back in April for a snowboarding trip and had only positive things to say. Really, seems like an ideal weekend ski/mountain trip vehicle for two adults and maybe two kids or friends in the back. With the X3, you get turbo power to neutralize elevation horsepower loss, all-wheel drive for wet-weather traction, sporty handling for cornering and an upscale interior and feature list to buff out the experience a little.

Best vehicle in the fleet right now for such a trip, I'd say. (Well, the JGC SRT8 would be cool, too.) All I need now is snow.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 8,412 miles

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