X3 Marks the Spot

BMW’s latest ups the ante in the crossover market

BY MICHAEL FRANK — Winter 2018

The new BMW X3 M40i takes the carmaker back to a time when it made sporty character priority one. This crossover’s 3.0-liter in-line six now produces 355 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, increases of 55 ponies and 69 pound-feet over the most potent X3 in the prior generation. For the M40i, BMW retooled the suspension so it feels a lot quicker on its toes than the outgoing X3 — while also significantly upgrading the interior. The warmer cabin space features more logical dash controls, so you can stay focused on the task of driving, and you get a meaty, sports-focused steering wheel — all part of BMW’s push to make this X3 more engaging. It’s also more aerodynamic, both saving fuel and cutting wind noise, and it has been stretched for more legroom. From $54,300. bmwusa.com

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