With the introduction of the new 2015 BMW X4 as well (a somewhat lower, swoopier take on the X3), as well as the 3-Series GT, BMW now has several nearly like-sized models, each blending different amounts of performance and utility in a relatively compact footprint.
Among these the X3 is the most utility-minded, with the best height and versatility.
We'd call the smaller BMW X1 a rival, too, but it makes more obvious sacrifices in usability and interior space, all in the name of saving just a bit of parking space that to Americans wil be insignificant.
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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