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The basics: 3.0-liter in-line six with 260 horsepower; six-speed manual or automatic; all-wheel drive standard
Fuel economy: 16/23 mpg
Rating: 8.2 out of 10
The revamped BMW X3 is substantially improved, and editors have noted how the settled-down ride and upgraded cabin make the X3 feel more luxurious than prior versions. Strong acceleration, a smartly styled cabin, standard all-wheel drive and the availability of a manual transmission are all pluses for the X3.
Negatives for the 2009 BMW X3 include a tight back seat, choppy styling outside, and handling that comes close to but doesn't match the enviable responses of BMW’s cars. Fuel economy is lower than the Audi Q5's as well.
Our Bottom Line? The 2009 BMW X3 is a more rugged alternative to a sport wagon, but it's not as much fun to drive.