Review: BMW X3 3.0si

BMW’s pocket truck is handsome and well equipped, with slick electronics and a beautiful interior. When you’re off on morning “errands” in the canyons, you’ll love the company’s trademark sports-car feel. But when the checkbook comes out each month and you’re chipping away at that 50-grand sticker price, you might wonder if those mornings are really worth the cash.

get-gadget Superior design and performance compared with other models tested. Really easy car-seat installation. Steptronic transmission lets you shift like an F1 driver.

Tired Very expensive, especially if you have tikes who like to grind Crayolas into leather seats. Average cargo room. Slight lag on some shifts sullies overall high-performance experience. Just 17 mpg in the city.

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