Last year, in several of BMW’s mainstream models like the 3-Series and 5-Series, the German automaker did what might have a few years earlier been the unthinkable for the U.S. market: replaced its much-loved naturally aspirated in-line six with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Now for 2013 BMW has done the same to its X3 crossover.
Essentially, it’s the same 2.0-liter ‘N20’ TwinPower four that’s offered in those other cars—making 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. That’s the same power, but 39 pound-feet more torque than last year’s engine. And the payback is significant: EPA fuel economy ratings get boosted to 21 mpg city, 28 highway, up from 19/25 for last year’s six-cylinder xDrive28i.
After spending just over a week with the 2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i, we think it’s worth taking the even more economical 28i for a drive, even if you’re pretty decided