10 Things You Should Know About the 2011 BMW X3
Bigger, better and more powerful
BMW's defining trait is sportiness. It's hard to call an SUV sporty, so BMW has a different name for it, the Sport Activity Vehicle. BMW's two SAVs truly are sporty, but the first-generation X3 was sporty at the expense of ride quality. That rough ride, along with high prices, and a small backseat conspired to make the X3 perhaps the most unloved BMW, despite the fact that it was one of the first entry luxury crossover suvs. New competition from the likes of the Audi Q5, Acura RDX and Volvo XC60 also cut sales from 34,000 in 2004 to just 6000 in 2009. BMW is aiming to reclaim those sales with a larger, softer and faster 2011 X3. Will these changes be enough? Let's find out.
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