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With non-luxury SUVs offering near-luxury features and amenities in their upper trims, you may well wonder what the point is of visiting BMW of El Cajon for the 2020 BMW X3. Good question. The short answer: there’s “luxury,” and then there’s luxury. To see what we mean, let’s compare the BMW X3 against the top trims of two popular SUVs, the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.
One reason many people choose a new BMW SUV is performance. The 2020 BMW X3 doesn’t disappoint in this respect, offering a 2.0L turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that’s good for 248 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The Honda CR-V Touring trim, meanwhile, gets a 190-horsepower engine and will offer a hybrid with 212 horsepower later in 2020, with either powertrain rounded out by a CVT. For its part, the Toyota RAV4 Limited offers either a 203-horsepower engine or, in hybrid form, a 219-net horsepower setup.
The BMW X3 comes with rear-wheel drive standard, which offers a much different driving feel than the other two SUVs’ FWD. Each vehicle’s implementation of AWD is also different, with the BMW xDrive AWD system providing advanced torque vectoring (the Toyota RAV4 offers its own form of torque vectoring for a price, and the Honda CR-V doesn’t have it).
All the power at your disposal doesn’t just mean a quicker time off the line, or more thrilling handling. It has practical uses, too. To wit: the BMW X3 can tow up to 4,400 pounds, which is 900 pounds more than the Toyota RAV4, and 2,900 pounds — that’s more than a ton, if you’re keeping score — over the Honda CR-V.
Now let’s look inside. One thing you’ll notice from the driver’s seat is that the headlights on the BMW X3 have a cornering feature that’s absent from both of its competitors. And while all three SUVs come well-equipped for safety, there are features in the BMW X3 like parking distance control that have no equivalent in either of the other two SUVs. And the sound system in the BMW X3 is made by Harman / Kardon, a higher-end design than the JBL system found in the Toyota RAV4, or the Honda option that was designed in-house.
Of course, luxury vehicles aren’t built for reading, but for driving. So, once you’ve tried other manufacturers’ SUVs, visit BMW of El Cajon and see luxury done right in the BMW X3 and our other new BMW vehicles. Your BMW dealer serving San Diego is here for your questions, BMW financing, and more.