The new 2011 BMW X3 is closer in feel than its ever been to BMW's cars, and that's a good thing.
Compared to other more carlike luxury crossovers like the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, and Mercedes-Benz GLK, the X3 manages to feel light and responsive, even if it's still quite hefty.
It's the Audi Q5 that the new X3 has in its headlights.
Compared to the others, the RDX's rather coarse turbo four lacks refinement and gets worse mileage than some of the sixes but is up to snuff in other areas.
Sturdy in feel, amazingly quick on its feet, and finally un-punishing on everyday roads, the X3 gets our nod—and not just because it's a fellow countryman.
In its new incarnation as something more than a compact luxury crossover, with something more than casual off-road capability, the X3 a real pole-vault ahead of a crowded class overstuffed with the Cadillac SRX, Audi Q5, Volvo XC60 and a slew of other multi-mission utes.
For those who still want a utility vehicle that's good for off-roading yet nimble enough for the city, the Land Rover LR2 is another good possibility.
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|2011 BMW X3Browse Used Listings||2011 Acura RDXBrowse Used Listings||2011 Audi Q5Browse Used Listings||2011 Land Rover LR2Browse Used Listings||2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK ClassBrowse Used Listings||2011 Volvo XC60Browse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I6||Gas V6||Gas I6|
|4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|AWD 4-Door 28i||FWD 4-Door||quattro 4-Door 2.0T Premium||AWD 4-Door||RWD 4-Door GLK 350||AWD 4-Door 3.2L|
|All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All wheel drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sport Utility||4 Door||4dr SUV||Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle||5 Door Wagon|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic,|
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|2011 BMW X3 vs. 2011 Acura RDX||2011 BMW X3 vs. 2011 Audi Q5||2011 BMW X3 vs. 2011 Land Rover LR2||2011 BMW X3 vs. 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class||2011 BMW X3 vs. 2011 Volvo XC60|