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2013 BMW X3

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2013 BMW X3

BMW X3 highlights

Customer reviews

4.5 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating**

3 out of 5


  • Generous room for both cargo and passengers
  • New engine mixes performance and efficiency


  • Option packages needed to boost the standard equipment
  • You pay for that BMW badge and performance

Mileage (EPA estimate)

21 city, 28 highway, 24 combined

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BMW improves its 2013 X3 crossover with an entry-level turbo engine

Times change, and carmakers change with them, which is why for 2013 BMW dropped the X3's entry-level 3.0-liter naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine and replaced it with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The xDrive28i badge remains the same, but the new engine brings several advantages. Power remains the same at 240 hp, but there's engine stop-start technology and an Eco Pro mode that optimizes the X3's fuel consumption. The 2013 X3 lineup sees a number of other changes—the Driving Dynamics Control adjustable drive settings and a power tailgate for easier access to the large trunk—join the standard equipment list. Among the options to consider, the Convenience package adds keyless ignition and entry as well as manual rear sunshades and adaptive bi-xenon headlights.

All X3s come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The second engine choice in the lineup is the xDrive35i with a 300-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine. The xDrive35i is the quickest among its rivals and among the most enjoyable, but any X3 drives more like a sport sedan than a crossover SUV has any right to. The X3's spacious interior makes it an appealing all-rounder for families, though that BMW badge doesn't come cheap. The X3 is at the more expensive end of the buying spectrum, especially when you start adding options. When you drive it, though, you'll likely think it's worth it.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2013 BMW X3 is a luxury SUV that is great for a first solo car purchase. Customers like the car's luxury, features, and performance.
5 Stars8
4 Stars1
3 Stars0
2 Stars0
1 Star1

RepairPal reliability rating**

Above Average
RepairPal gave the BMW X3 an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks BMW X3 14th out of 15 among Luxury Compact SUVs.
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XDrive28i 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility

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