Fresh off of last year's redesign, the 2012 BMW X3 is a compact SUV available in two different trim levels; standard xDrive28i and an optional xDrive35i. The standard X3 is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 240 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque while the upgraded trim gets the same engine, turbo-charged, to produce 300 hp. Both trims are paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission that enables the X3 to achieve an EPA estimated 19 mpg and 26 mpg highway. Features include xenon HID headlights, automatic climate control, panoramic moonroof, HD radio, and USB adapter. Safety is comprised of dynamic stability control (DSC), anti-lock braking system (ABS), advanced airbags, and tire pressure monitoring (TPMS). The X3 is backed by a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
The 2012 X3 is virtually identical to the 2011 model.
Sporty yet practical utility; standard all-wheel drive; powerful pair of engines
This sport-luxury crossover has a lot of competition, but the X3 fares especially well when it comes to horsepower and performance from its pair of inline 6-cylinder engines in either turbocharged or naturally aspirated form. BMW's EfficientDynamics technologies boost the X3's mileage to 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The X3's starting price is still well under $40,000.