The 2017 model year X3 is the last of the second generation for BMW's small SUV, being replaced currently by the 2018 model year, the start of the third generation.
As a small, premium SUV, the X3 includes seating for five and ample cargo space, while its size makes for great general utility in cities and suburbs.
This example is an X3 xDrive28i, meaning it comes with all-wheel-drive and a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder engine.
Even at the end of of a seven-year product cycle, the X3 still looks good, with smooth sides and a refined grille.
Visibility is good all around due to a decently high roofline.
The all-wheel-drive system works automatically, shunting torque between the front and rear as needed.
BMW's kidney grille is a styling cue the company has retained through the decades.
The turbocharged 2-liter engine, although small, manages an ample 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.
The driver can choose from three modes: Eco Pro, Comfort and Sport. The fact that the mode defaults to Comfort every time you start the car means most X3s will spend their time in this mode.
The 2017 is a good choice, even while being eclipsed by the incoming 2018 model, because BMW updated all the cabin electronics.