2013 BMW X3 Consumer Review: Mileage overstated!

2013 BMW X3 - Consumer Review

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xDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 8-speed Automatic)

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Mileage overstated!
By woodsieco on


2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)


My 6cyl 3 series averaged 28.4 mpg on the highway when traveling in the 80-85 mph range. The X3 is in the area of 18mpg.
Now, if I slow down to 70 the mileage jumps up to 26+.
Of course on the highways of AZ and CO where the limit is 75, traveling under the limit is somewhat risky as the normal flow is near 90.

Overall I really like the X3, and I suppose 18 mpg on the highway for an all wheel drive isn't horrible, although my previous Explorer was over 20 mpg.

Driving within normal limits I average 27.6 combined.

I notice no difference in performance or MPG with different gas grades. So it seems as if the cheap stuff is just fine in the cool weather and mid-grade when it is warm out.

Best Features

The ability to have the satellite radio added after the fact with only a code entry. X drive The ride is awesome.

Worst Features

Reverse the engine stop start feature to need to be turned on rather than turned off. I had the dealer deactivate the feature. Supply the trailer package as a standard feature. $1300 from the dealer is a bit steep. Do something to make the car turn off after a period of time if you leave with the key and the car is not moving. Forget the run flats on an SAV and put a spare tire in the boot or under the car. $400.00 tires and the chance of being stuck off road is terrifying.
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