All new for the 2011 model year
, BMW’s built-in-South-Carolina compact luxury crossover returns largely unchanged for 2012. We say that’s a good thing, considering how much effort BMW put into improving the current-generation X3, which is longer, wider, roomier and more dynamic than its predecessor.
There’s plenty of competition in the compact luxury crossover segment, but the X3’s distinctive styling, brisk acceleration, competent handling and roomy interior make it a stand-out. The BMW roundel on the hood and the improved fuel economy numbers merely serve as icing on the cake, as do the improved interior and well-sorted controls introduced in 2011.
The base engine is a 3.0-liter in-line six, good for 240 horsepower and capable of moving the X3 from 0 - 60 mph in under seven seconds. If that’s not fast enough for your liking, BMW also offers the X3 with a turbocharged 3.0-liter in-line six, good for 300 horsepower and a 0 - 60 mph time of 5.5 seconds....