X3 in the Market

At $38,000, the X3 starts substantially higher than its nearest competitor, the Acura RDX. Save for its problematic transmission behavior, the BMW offers a more buttoned-down driving experience than the Acura. For some, that's worth every penny.

As BMW surely knows, the X3 can't sit on its pedestal forever. Land Rover's entry-level LR2 is on the way, and so are the Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60. If the X3 is to remain a desirable car, BMW will have to fix a few things so buyers need not weigh the good against the bad — because there will be plenty of very good alternatives soon.

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    Controls
    Almost all functions can be operated in the same manner as they are in the front. Special features of operating the system in the rear are described here. ...

    Selecting menu items
    Menu items shown in white can be selected 1. Turn the controller until the desired menu item is highlighted Turn the controller until the desired menu item is highlighted 2. Press the control ...

    Changing between panels
    After a menu item is selected, e.g., "Radio", a new panel is displayed. Panels can overlap. ▷ Move the controller to the left. The current panel is closed and the previous panel ...