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2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i

A 3 Series Wagon For The Non-Wagon Buyer Despite enchanting few critics along the way, the all-new 2011 BMW X3 has been helping its German parent clean up on the sales charts. Like the rest of the premium crossover segment, the X3 has been viewed by some brand diehards as a blatant cash-grab. The starting price might be easy enough to swallow, but start ticking the option boxes and the sticker swells to a size more startling than the first time you heard your mother drop an F-bomb. Despite this, we wanted to see if the 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i could break through the enthusiast's wall... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
3.0L I6
Power:
240 HP / 221 LB-FT
Transmission:
8-Speed Auto
MSRP:
$45,725 as tested
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