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EPA Rates 2013 BMX X1 at 34 MPG Highway

According to the EPA, the all-new 2013 BMW X1 averages up to 24/34 mpg city/highway. This fuel economy rating applies to the base X1 sDrive28i, which has a 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. The xDrive28i comes with the same engine and transmission, but its all-wheel drive lowers its fuel economy ratings to 22/33 mpg. The xDrive35i has a more powerful 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that makes ... continue reading»

Tags: EPA, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Luxury Compact SUVs, Model News, Fuel Economy, Buick Encore, 2013 BMW X1

Audi Q5 Will Receive Updates, New Engines for 2013

The Audi Q5 will receive a host of updates for 2013, with a range of new engines that Audi says will make the Q5 more powerful and fuel-efficient. Worldwide, the 2013 Q5 will receive new engines, including updated gasoline and diesel engines, and an all-new hybrid powertrain. The base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gains 14 horsepower over the 2012 model, for a total of 225. A new turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 makes 272 horsepower. “The big news, however,” says Autoblog ... continue reading»

Tags: Audi Q5, Audi, Luxury Compact SUVs, Model News

2013 BMW X1 to Start at $31,545

The 2013 BMW X1 made its U.S. debut at the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday. Last week, we told you about the new compact crossover, which will slot below the X3, and compete with luxury compact SUVs like the Acura RDX and Audi Q5. Full specs on the X1 haven’t been released, but BMW has announced pricing and trim levels for the new small SUV. Car and Driver writes that “the entry-level model will be the ... continue reading»

Tags: Acura RDX, BMW X3, Audi Q5, BMW X1, BMW, Luxury Compact SUVs, Model News, Mini Cooper Countryman

Test Drive: 2011 BMW X3

The BMW X3 is pricey, even for a compact SUV. Normally, I’d say that paying a bit extra for the BMW badge is worth it. BMW performance is that good. In the X3 xDrive28i I tested, that BMW performance was blunted, making me think that the X3 isn’t worth the premium you pay for the BMW name. My test X3 stickered at $44,165, and it did have a lot going for it. Cargo space handled everything from ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, BMW 3 Series Wagon, BMW X3, Luxury Compact SUVs

Infiniti EX Named Top Safety Pick

After the 2010 model missed out, the 2011 Infiniti EX has been named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick. The 2011 Infiniti M sedan is also a Top Safety Pick. “Infiniti is proud to receive another Top Safety Pick rating from IIHS,” said Infiniti Americas Vice President Ben Poore in a press release. “Like all Infiniti vehicles, the 2011 Infiniti EX35 luxury crossover is designed to offer owners a strong sense of peace of mind, whether from ... continue reading»

Tags: Safety, Infiniti EX, Luxury Compact SUVs, Model News, IIHS Top Safety Pick

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