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2016 BMW X3

Rating 80/100 Background The 2016 BMW X3 is a leading light among compact luxury crossover SUVs. That’s pretty remarkable for a car in its sixth year of production, but the X3 pulls it off seemingly without breaking a sweat. Indeed, it’s such a challenge to find fault with this crossover that our only "Con" is …

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2015 BMW X3

Rating 63/100 Background The BMW X3 helped launch the compact luxury crossover segment more than a decade ago, and the model has grown even stronger over the years. The 2015 BMW X3 is one of the standouts in this competitive class, and is an ideal match for shoppers seeking both sporty driving dynamics and family-friendly …

Rating 78/100 Background Among compact to midsize luxury crossover SUVs, the 2014 BMW X3 stands apart from most rivals. With its superb driving dynamics, spacious and upscale interior accommodations, and solid fuel economy ratings, the X3 is a front runner in this class and definitely one you’ll want to check out, particularly if you have …

Rating 77/100 Background A 4-cylinder in a BMW SUV just sounds ludicrous, right? Such an engine might be good enough for Hondas and Kias, but a performance-luxury brand needs something with more guts. That certainly would be the conventional wisdom, anyway. But times, they are a-changing. The 2013 BMW X3 is the latest member of …

Rating 65/100 Background BMW doesn’t always get it right the first time. Take the X3, for example. When it debuted nearly a decade ago, the company’s first compact SUV was obviously inspired by its established and respected X5 sibling. But although it had BMW’s trademark athleticism, that first X3 suffered from some subpar interior materials, …

Rating 62/100 Background When it debuted seven years ago, the BMW X3 seemed like a natural follow-up to its larger linemate, the X5. But burdened with mediocre power, a jarring drive and subpar interior, the X3 almost seemed more like a corporate afterthought than a fully realized small crossover SUV. Thankfully, BMW softened the suspension …

Rating 77/100 Background Nowadays, shoppers in the market for a luxury crossover have no shortage of choices. The vast majority of these car-based SUVs deliver a carlike ride, sumptuous interiors and a wide range of features. Standing out among this crowded field is no easy feat, but the 2010 Infiniti FX35 attempts to grab as …

Rating 70/100 Background For quite some time now the station wagon has been out of favor. But that doesn’t mean that Americans aren’t interested in convenience or practicality. That’s pretty much how the crossover SUV revolution came to be, and the 2010 Infiniti EX35 is one of the more recent additions to this growing crowd. …

Rating 77/100 Background As the junior member of the company’s SUV family, the 2010 BMW X3 has some big tire tracks to fill. As a Bimmer, it is expected to offer vigorous performance, athletic handling and a rewarding drive. But as a luxury crossover, it’s also expected to offer versatility, a long list of modern …

Rating 62/100 Background It’s hard to put a label on the 2009 Infiniti EX35, a luxury car that exists smack-dab on the border between cars and SUVs. Considering the EX35’s lower drive height, tapered roof line and smallish cargo capacity, some call it a sport wagon. Others call it a compact crossover SUV in light …

Rating 55/100 Background Five years after its debut, the midsize luxury SUV that Infiniti deemed the “Bionic Cheetah” has morphed into a slightly different animal. While the redesigned 2009 FX35 keeps many of its lean, catlike lines, it now features a longer nose, a restyled black chrome grille and chrome-plated side vents — an aggressive, …

Rating 65/100 Background Any BMW wearing a “3” badge has a lot of expectations to meet. As the quintessential entry-level luxury car, the 3 Series defines the category. The 3’s SUV equivalent, however, the 2009 BMW X3, makes the family proud. Its sporty handling and steering, powerful engine, added utility and fun-to-drive nature are all …