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BMW X3
BMW X3
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Base MSRP price range:
$38,500 - $43,600
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Car Type: Luxury compact sport-utility vehicles
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BMW X3 Overview

The X3 is one of the best compact upscale SUVs. Its taut ride is composed, but the body tends to rock side to side on uneven pavement. Handling is agile and secure. The base 2.0-liter, turbo four-cylinder returned a very good 23 mpg overall, but has a diesel-like sound at times. The eight-speed automatic shifts seamlessly. The cabin is beautifully finished, with firm and supportive seats. However, the rear cushion is a bit low. Some controls are overly complicated. Reliability of the 28i has been average, but the 35i is below average. The freshened 2015 X3 will come with a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel and rear-wheel drive with the 28i for a lower starting price.

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