The 2016 BMW X3 birthed a new variant, the X4, this past year; and with the 3-Series GT as well, BMW now has several nearly like-sized models, each with a slightly different balance of performance and utility.
Among all of those, the X3 has the most height and versatility, and it's the more conventional entry that tackles a host of rivals from all the major luxury brands.
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 Audi Q5's cabin wows, but a stiff ride upsets its pleasant demeanor.
The Acura RDX goes in a different direction, with a V-6 powertrain and more conventional design aiming right at the luxury mainstream.
The Volvo XC60 is rated tops for safety and has decent on-road handling, space, and fit and finish.
And the new BMW X1, with its redesign on a new, front-wheel-drive platform for 2016, promises more comfort, utility, and space than before, closing the gap with the larger X3.
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|2016 BMW X3Browse Used Listings||2016 Acura RDXBrowse Used Listings||2016 Audi Q5Browse Used Listings||2016 BMW X1Browse Used Listings||2016 Volvo XC60Browse Used Listings||2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded V-6|
|Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 4WD||Large Cars||Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 2WD|
|RWD 4-Door sDrive28i||FWD 4-Door||quattro 4-Door 2.0T Premium||AWD 4-Door xDrive28i||FWD 4-Door T5 Drive-E||RWD 4-Door GLK 350|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sports Activity Vehicle||Sport Utility||quattro Sport Utility||Sports Activity Vehicle||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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|2016 BMW X3 vs. 2016 Acura RDX||2016 BMW X3 vs. 2016 Audi Q5||2016 BMW X3 vs. 2016 BMW X1||2016 BMW X3 vs. 2016 Volvo XC60||2016 BMW X3 vs. 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class|