2013 BMW X3 vs. Its Competition

2013 BMW X3 AWD 4-door 28i Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

With the X3, BMW's bred its most carlike crossover yet.

If you want a higher level of driving engagement, you should go for the BMW 3-Series Sports Wagon, but the X3 is the pick for those who need good passenger space and a little more versatility.

The Acura RDX was completely new this past year, and its new V-6 powertrain and more conventional design aims right at the luxury mainstream.

The Audi Q5's cabin wows, but a stiff ride upsets its pleasant demeanor.

The Benz GLK is a great choice for steering and ride, and for acceleration, but its cargo space is smaller than the X3's.

The Volvo XC60 costs a bit less, and it has one of the best combinations of on-road handling, space, and fit and finish; it's rated tops for safety, too.

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8.4
The BMW X3 is a great-looking crossover, with a spacious, versatile, and classy interior; and with the introduction of a new base turbo four for 2013 in the xDrive28i, it gets better mileage with no compromise in performance.
7.4
The 2013 Acura RDX improves on the sporty crossover theme with refined ride quality, more features, and better fuel economy.
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The 2013 Audi Q5 is one of the more carlike crossovers, with elegant execution, smart high-tech features, and very good passenger space.
8.6
The 2013 BMW 3-Series is safe, fuel-efficient, and well-connected, yet it delivers the class-leading performance and handling that enthusiasts have come to expect.
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It looks more like an authentically rugged SUV, but the improved 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK has carlike road manners and now, better fuel economy with both its gas V-6 and its new turbodiesel four.
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The 2013 Volvo XC60 carries on the tradition of Volvo wagons--even their top-of-the-class safety--only in a modern, fashion-conscious crossover.
MSRP From     
$38,850$34,320$35,900$32,550$37,090$34,350
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Gas I6
EPA Class     
4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleCompact Cars2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
AWD 4-Door xDrive28iFWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 320i RWD South AfricaRWD 4-Door GLK 350AWD 4-Door 3.2L
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSedanSport Utility VehicleWagon
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual Shift