2013 BMW X3

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BMW X3 highlights

Customer rating


  • 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)

19 city, 26 highway, 21 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.

All BMW X3 years

What is new for the 2013 BMW X3?

  • X3 trims have been upgraded with Memory Seat(s), Power Hatch/Deck Lid, and Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment this year.
  • Lane Departure Warning and Tow Hitch features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The XDrive28i trim now comes with Turbo Charged Engine as standard equipment.

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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.

RepairPal gave the BMW X3 an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Average. This rating ranks BMW X3 16th out of 18 among Luxury Compact SUVs.

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BMW X3 features and specs

XDrive28i 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Run Flat Tires
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Running Boards
  • Smart Key
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

All Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

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Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 39.9"/R 39.1"

Head room

F 40.7"/R 39.1"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

794/5291 lbs.



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