2011 BMW X3

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20 reviews
Available Price Range $13,599-$27,435 Trims2 Combined MPG 22 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2011 BMW X3

Our Take

The 2011 BMW X3 is the compact luxury crossover's first full redesign since its 2004 introduction. With a slightly larger size, a new eight-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Off-the-line hesitation
  • Kickdown lag
  • Stops can be jerky
  • Inconsistent materials quality
  • Quality of optional leather
  • Limited backseat thigh support

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2011
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Choice of six-cylinder engines
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Optional panoramic moonroof


Our Expert Reviews

When BMW introduced its X5 SUV in 1999, I was mesmerized by the experience of driving an SUV that not only looked like a BMW but also performed like one.That X5 was a vehicle that was out of both my needs and price range, but it had earned one of the “first love” spots in my heart. BMW got this one “right” from the beginning.When this week’s test car, a BMW X3 comp... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.9 out of 5

Based on 20 reviews

Perfect car for Wyoming

by Wyoming from Cheyenne, WY on March 2, 2011

I have been driving my new X3 for about a month now. It replaces my 2007 X3. I went with these cars after doing a great deal of research for the perfect Wyoming car- it needs great handling on snow an... Read Full Review

2 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


Free Scheduled Maintenance


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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