One of the sportiest picks in its class this just broken-in 2013 X3 offers a smooth ride and is 8" less wide than the original huge X5 E53. Its silver color makes it appear even larger.
2013 sees the introduction of a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that replaces the naturally aspirated (non-turbo) inline-6 in past xDrive28i models. Its turbocharged four-cylinder engine with nearly identical power ratings to the outgoing six has improved highway fuel economy (up to 28 mpg on the highway) and much punch for in-city driving. Perfect for carpool or a drive up the 101.
If you're looking for a premium carryall that truly puts the "sport" in sport-utility vehicle, the 2013 X3 is hard to beat. With AWD standard, the X3 is also a good choice for drivers who need extra traction in inclement weather.
*PLUS Silver is temperature-wise cooler and easier to keep clean!
Model: 2013 BMW X3
MPG: 21 city / 28 highway
Horsepower: 240 HP
Towing capacity: 3,500 lbs
Engine: 2.0L 4-cylinder
Curb weight: 4,112 lbs
Cargo volume: 27.6 ft³, 63.3 ft³ with seat area
Engine cylinder configuration: Straight engine
All-wheel drive is standard with this engine, as is a well-programmed and unobtrusive eight-speed automatic transmission.
*BREAKING: Breaking distance from 70 mph is disappointing—15 feet or so off the segment’s best. SO STAY A CAR LENGTH FOR EACH 10 MPH YOU ARE TRAVELING.
** See http://www.caranddriver.com/bmw/x3