Used Car: 2013 BMW X3 Review
Test drivers praised the BMW X3’s strong engines, good fuel economy and sporty handling, but wished its infotainment system was more straightforward.
The base 2013 BMW X3 is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that automotive journalists reported delivers strong acceleration. A turbocharged six-cylinder engine is available, and test drivers said it provides even quicker acceleration. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that reviewers thought shifts effortlessly. With an EPA-estimated 21/28 mpg city/highway, the base 2013 X3 has good fuel economy for the class. Automotive writers agreed that the BMW X3 delivers sporty, composed handling. Test drivers were also impressed with the X3’s steering, which they said is responsive and accurate. All-wheel drive is standard.
According to reviewers, the 2013 BMW X3 features a straightforward control layout and premium materials, including available wood trim or metallic accents. The X3 has seating for five and comes standard with faux leather seats and power-adjustable front seats. Heated front and rear seats and leather upholstery are available. Most test drivers reported that the BMW X3 offers ample legroom and headroom in both rows. Others commented that there’s good all-around visibility from the driver seat. The 2013 X3 comes standard with a power liftgate, Bluetooth, a 12-speaker stereo system, a USB port and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. Satellite radio, a 16-speaker surround-sound audio system, navigation, lane departure warning and a rearview camera are available. While some reviewers thought that the iDrive system generally works well, others commented that it has a steep learning curve. The 2013 X3 has 27.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row in place and 63.3 with it folded, which are good ratings for the class.
Other SUVs to Consider
Like the X3, the 2013 Audi Q5 has good fuel economy estimates for the class and comes standard with all-wheel drive. Test drivers liked its classy interior and sporty handling, and said it is fun to drive.
The 2013 Infiniti EX’s standard V6 engine offers brisk acceleration off the line, according to reviewers. They also praised its athletic handling and said it has an opulent cabin.