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2018 BMW X3

Two things are getting hard to find in a compact crossover -- and in new cars in general: six-cylinder engines and a rear-wheel-drive-based layout.

The BMW X3 still has both.

It hasn't gone to four-cylinder-only, as is becoming the trend, even in higher-end cars. It also has much more headroom than most of its rivals -- and more cargo room than most of them, too.

What It Is

The X3 is a rear-wheel-drive-based compact crossover SUV. It's one of the few vehicles in the class that's not built on a front-wheel-drive layout, so it drives and feels sportier than most of its rivals.

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The base price for the X3 xDrive30i is $42,650.

The high-performance M40i has a $54,500 sticker to start.

What's New

The 2018 is a little bit longer and wider than before, has a bit more headroom and legroom up front than the old model, and -- for the first time -- has an LCD touch screen. The old model had a screen, but touching it just left fingerprints.


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