BMW has quite the concentration of vehicles in the X3's size range, each blending different amounts of performance and utility in a relatively compact footprint.
Besides the X3, which was BMW's most carlike crossover yet, there's also now the X1, which is essentially a tall hatchback based on the BMW 1-Series, and a size smaller.
Then there's the BMW 3-Series Sports Wagon--the pick for driving enjoyment--but the X3 is the pick for those who need good passenger space and a little more versatility.
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 Acura RDX was completely new this past year, and its new V-6 powertrain and more conventional design aims right at the luxury mainstream.
With a lower sticker price, the Volvo XC60 is rated tops for safety and has decent on-road handling, space, and fit and finish.
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