2014 BMW X3

Pros: Sport-sedan-like handling agility; tall windows make for good visibility; decent fuel economy for the level of performance

Cons: Performance-oriented models ride stiffly; stingy levels of standard equipment, and options add up fast

CG Says: BMW’s X3 delivers the sportiness and refinement you expect from the brand in a package that’s small but highly versatile. Non-linear throttle response remains an annoyance, at least on the base xDrive28i model, but this premium-compact SUV has enough other positive attributes to make it worth your consideration. Just keep an eye on the bottom line. Base prices are reasonable, but they quickly move upward when options are added.

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2014 BMW X3