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Aired: 1/03/2012

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
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

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

•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.

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