Pros: Sport-sedan-like handling agility make this small crossover fun to drive; 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 desirable options generally available in pricey packages
CG Says: BMW’s X3 delivers the sportiness and refinement you expect from the German carmaker in a package that’s small but also 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. The 2014 X3 is fine choice for anyone looking for BMW’s expected sportiness but also in need of crossover functionality.