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2011 BMW X3 Features

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A revamped feature list shows, indirectly, some of the cost benefits of bringing the 2011 BMW X3 in to the American family. Prices for the 2011 X3 are in alignment with the rest of the class, yet BMW is less stingy with standard features compared to some rival models. Automatic climate control, eight-way power seats, a basic iPod and USB adapter, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and a 205-watt, 12-speaker sound system are all included even in the base X3 xDrive28i model.

In up front and center on navigation-equipped vehicles, there's the latest version of iDrive, with a big, bright 8.8-inch LCD screen, and they include full iPod integration and enhanced USB connectivity. Real-time traffic information is also included.

Other noteworthy options—most offered in somewhat pricey packages—include heated front and rear seats, xenon headlamps with adaptive light control, a panorama roof, and a power tailgate. A head-up display, which projects some gauge readouts onto the windshield is also now available. Oddly, while a 60/40-split rear seatback is standard, a 40/20/40-split rear seatback with fold-down armrest is optional.

You could potentially spend a bundle on the 2011 BMW X3 if you check a lot of option boxes, but the base model is better equipped than many rival luxury crossovers.

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