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2013 BMW X6
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Refreshed for the current model year, the 2013 BMW X6 35i is a mid-size luxury crossover that feels safe and responsive at any speed. The X6 is fun to drive, with great handling that exudes a sporty feel, but its bulky size makes it tough to park. The X6 is marketed as a crossover but it lacks the roomy interior consumers have come to expect from the segment. The utility of the X6 is hindered by a slant in the rear roofline (limits rear headroom) and less than desirable trunk space.

Exterior styling is a blend of the X5 and a 4-door coupe.  Overall design can be deemed poor on account of the look, which embodies an over-sized car rather than a SUV. True to BMW quality exterior elements are of the highest grade with a sleek finish and tight fit. Paint options consist of Alpine White, Azurite Black Metallic, Black Sapphire Metallic, Carbon Black Metallic, Citrin Black Metallic, Deep Sea Blue Metallic, Jet Black, Marrakesh Brown Metallic, Midnight Blue Metallic, Orion Silver Metallic, Pearl Silver Metallic, Ruby Black Metallic, Space Gray Metallic, Titanium Silver Metallic, and Vermilion Red Metallic.

Under the hood, drivers will find a 3.0-liter direct-injected I-6 engine, with a 2-stage turbo, that produces 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. 300 hp may seem like an adequate amount of power but weighing in at 4,800 lbs., the X6 can feel underpowered. Shifting is smooth, with some lag in the transmission when driving at normal speeds. Braking is very strong and when tested at 60 mph the X6 came to a complete stop in just 111 feet. Fuel economy is an EPA estimated 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway, for a combined 19 mpg.

Attention to detail is evident in the beautifully designed interior and leather upholstery. Interior quality extends to interior switches, dials, and overall ergonomics. Drivers and passengers will feel comfortable thanks to dual-zone automatic climate control and spacious seats (front seats have four way lumbar adjustments). The advanced navigation system comes with real time traffic and voice control, the media center includes AM/FM radio, a CD player, and a MP3 decoder.  The media center is the typical media center found in just about all BMW's, but the sub menu system can be confusing.

Features include, but are not limited to, rearview camera, lane departure warning system, Bluetooth hands-free phone capabilities, folding side mirrors, multi-level heated front seats, keyless entry, keyless start, 10-speaker sound system, USB connection, heated mirrors, roadside assistance program, trunk pop, emergency braking assist and traction control.

In the X6 drivers will need to adjust to road noise and rough road conditions. Thankfully, the vehicle does feel safe due to traction control and multiple front airbags. Turning and cornering are satisfactory, but the sheer size of the vehicle may deter from daily driving (the blind spots in rear quarters of the car can even make it difficult to see larger vehicles).

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