2013 BMW X3
Much like its sedan counterpart, the X3 has done a little downsizing for a new model year, replacing its base straight 6 with a turbocharged inline 4. And with a host of new standard features, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do a little exploring of our own.
With a new engine comes new expectations, and BMW has met them in our eyes. Their TwinPower Turbo technology boost the 2 liter inline 4 to 240 horsepower, the same as the outgoing straight 6; and we put down power to a 0-60 time of 6.4 seconds, that’s only a half second longer than the 328i seda.
Fuel saving technology, like the 8 speed automatic transmission is now enhanced by auto stop/start, and a standard Driving Dynamics Control system. The dedicated ECO PRO setting remaps throttle response and shift points, while limiting power to on board electronics. And it all helps, as we were right on par with the Combined Government Fuel Economy rating of 24 miles per gallon.
Ride is still taut but comfortable, and no passing power has been sacrificed. Combine that with standard xDrive all-wheel-drive, improved fuel economy, passenger and cargo room aplenty, and we’d gladly take the 2013 BMW X3 for our daily driving duties. And you can too, for around $40,000.
Engine: 2 liter inline 4