2012 BMW X3

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2012 BMW X3 – Car Review by Lauren Fix, The Car Coach

There’s nothing like driving an SUV that handles like a car; it’s a sports activity vehicle you may want to own. Lauren Fix, the Car Coach, takes a closer look.

Make / Model: 2012 BMW X3

Manufactured: Spartanburg, SC
MPG: City: 19 Highway: 26
Engine:
240-hp, 3.0-liter I-6
300-hp, 3.0-liter I-6
Price: Starting $36,850–$42,400
Standard features: All-wheel drive, Bluetooth; iPod input; Side/Curtain Airbags; Stability and Traction Control
Navigation System and Satellite radio (Optional).

My test-drive vehicle, the 2012 BMW X3 35i, handled with the tightness and accuracy we’ve come to expect from a German brand. The speed-sensitive steering gives the X3 a nimble quality that makes you feels as though it were a sports sedan. The Dynamic Handling package adds different driving modes for off-road and snow conditions.

New features worth mentioning:

•M Sport Package
•Eight-speed automatic transmission
•Choice of six-cylinder engines
•Standard all-wheel drive
•Optional panoramic moonroof

Competes with:

•Acura MDX
•Audi Q5
•Cadillac SRX
•Infiniti EX35
•Land Rover LR2
•Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
•Volkswagen Touareg
•Volvo XC60

Likes:

•Improved ride comfort
•Driving dynamics
•Stout powerful engine
•Visibility
•Gas mileage

Dislikes:

•Abrupt acceleration
•Stops can be jerky
•Quality of optional leather

The 2012 BMW X3 is a versatile sports activity vehicle, blending all-road capability and utility with sports car-like performance and handling.

Remember, when shopping for a new car, test drive as many vehicles as you can in the class you are looking in to make sure you find the car that is best for you.

Visit www.bmwusa.com for more information.

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Aired: 1/03/2012