Sales of the redesigned BMW X3 have quadrupled in the first three months of 2011, thanks to improved handling, acceleration, amenities, legroom, and fuel economy.

(Editor's note: Four of the images in this slide show have been replaced as they depicted the 2010 X3.)
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Sales of the redesigned BMW X3 have quadrupled in the first three months of 2011, thanks to improved handling, acceleration, amenities, legroom, and fuel economy.

(Editor's note: Four of the images in this slide show have been replaced as they depicted the 2010 X3.)
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2011 BMW X3

Exciting X3
Exciting X3
Sales of the redesigned BMW X3 have quadrupled in the first three months of 2011, thanks to improved handling, acceleration, amenities, legroom, and fuel economy.

(Editor's note: Four of the images in this slide show have been replaced as they depicted the 2010 X3.)
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Overview
Overview
BMW's all-new 2011 X3 compact luxury SUV is a smash hit: U.S. sales more than quadrupled in the first three months of this year compared with the same period a year earlier. That's probably because the new X3 is quicker, handles better, and rides smoother than the outgoing X3, as well as being bigger (3.4 in. longer and 1.1 in. wider), more fuel efficient, and better-looking. It also doesn't hurt that intelligent all-wheel drive is standard. Or that the base model xDrive28i starts at a price $2,100 lower than the 2010 X3, and the powerful but pricey xDrive35i is nearly as quick as a BMW 335xi sedan. Bottom line: Once a loser with lagging sales, the X3 is now arguably the best SUV in its class.

(Editor's note: Four of the images in this slide show have been replaced as they depicted the 2010 X3.)
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Interior
Interior
The X3's interior feels similar to that of a 3 Series sedan—which is to say tasteful and comfortable but not plush. You sit up higher in the X3, making sight lines better and ingress and egress easier. An optional panoramic moonroof gives the cabin an open, airy feel.

(Editor's note: Four of the images in this slide show have been replaced as they depicted the 2010 X3.)
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Engine/Transmission
Engine/Transmission
The xDrive28i is powered by a 3.0-liter, 240-horsepower inline six. In the xDrive35i, the engine is turbocharged and features direct fuel injection, raising output to 300 horsepower. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard.


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Hauling Capacity
Hauling Capacity
Cargo space in back is 27.6 cu. ft., rising to 63.6 cu. ft. with the rears seat down. The rear seats fold down in a 60/40 pattern, or (as an option) in a 40/20/40 pattern so long objects can be stowed between the seats. Maximum towing capacity is 3,000 pounds.

(Editor's note: Four of the images in this slide show have been replaced as they depicted the 2010 X3.)
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Performance
Performance
BMW rates the xDrive28i to accelerate from zero to 60 in 6.7 seconds, slightly faster than the previous X3. In the xDrive35i, the time falls to just 5.5 seconds, almost as fast as a BMW 335i sedan. Edmunds.com says the X3 will come to a full stop from 60 mph in just 115 ft.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy
Both versions of the X3 are rated to average 21 miles per gallon in the city, but the highway mileage is 1 mpg higher in the xDrive35i. Among major rivals, only the four-cylinder-powered Audi Q5 2.0T (22 mpg average) does better.
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Safety
Safety
The 2011 X3 doesn't yet have government or insurance industry crash-test ratings, but standard equipment includes stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes with brake drying in wet weather, and front, side, and cabin-length head-protecting air bags.
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Price
Price
The xDrive28i starts at $37,625, which is $2,100 less than the 2010 X3, but the xDrive35i is relatively expensive, with a starting price of $41,925. With options, the new X3's average selling price is $45,289, according to the Power Information Network.
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