The BMW X3 finally gets its day in the sun

CNET Car Tech reviews the 2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i.

2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i
Wayne Cunningham/CNET

Over the last five years, BMW pushed technology in its cars, launching such features as adaptive cruise control, head-up displays, navigation systems with topographic maps, and night vision. Recently, the company has even added data feeds to its cars for stock and fuel prices, along with e-mails read from BlackBerry devices. But among all this tech goodness, one car was left behind. The poor X3 remained stuck with technology from its 2004 launch.

Finally BMW paid attention to the redheaded stepchild of its lineup, lavishing almost every technological feature in the hope chest on it, and even coming up with a new trick or two. The new X3 is a high-tech roller, using BMW's latest engine, transmission, and suspension for sporty, powerful driving. The cabin features a big list of useful tech as well, providing an excellent range of audio sources and a new voice command system that even lets you request music by artist or album name.

Read our review of the 2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i .

 

Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Don't Miss
Hot Products
Trending on CNET

HOT ON CNET

Up for a challenge?

Put yourself to the real tech test by building your own virtual-reality headset with a few household items.