2012 BMW X3 Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$15,016 - $17,903
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Not Available
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
19 City / 26 HWY
Horsepower
258-306
Seats
5
Color:  Alpine White
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$15,016 - $17,903
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Not Available
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
19 City / 26 HWY
Horsepower
258-306
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.9 Overall Score
Performance 4.1 Comfort 3.7 Styling 3.9 Value 3.6

Editor's Overview

Introduced in 2004 as a "Sport Activity Vehicle," the BMW X3 started a new segment that blended mild off-road utility with luxurious comfort and style. With a choice of powerful 6-cylinder engines and more cargo capacity that a sedan, the X3 effectively injects sport into sport utility.

BMW X3 Models & Trims

28i $15,016 - $17,171
Horsepower: 258 hp
Engine Type: Gas I6
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 17 x 8.0, 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
35i $15,504 - $17,903
Horsepower: 306 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged Gas I6
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8.0, 19 x 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.56

18 Reviews

5 star 67% 4 star 28% 3 star 0% 2 star 6% 1 star 0%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

Small luxury SUV family vehicle.

Reliable, small SUV. Some minor electronic glitches such as the key remote not working when the weather turns colder in winter months. No problems any other time of year. Nice amount of cargo space and cargo accessories. Leg room in the second row could be more ample but otherwise seats two adults and two children comfortably.

- Mari B

Best car ever! And I really mean that.

I think about the SUV is it has run flat tires. They are very expensive to replace. Seats are beautiful leather not the new synthetic leather. Gas mileage is good. Stops on a dime and turns with great control. The headlights move with your car so going around corners at night is awesome.

- Bonnie P

Smooth riding and futuristic style.

Mainly is expensive because it uses lots of gasoline performance is really great, features are excellent design is elegant inside and outside very quiet engine love it very smooth. There is more upside than downside compare to other vehicles plus sound is great no more wires.

- Fernando F

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$15,016 - $17,171
$15,504 - $17,903

Horsepower

Horsepower
258 (hp)
306 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
3.0
3.0
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

HeadsUp Display

HeadsUp Display
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
Standard
Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Power Mirrors

Steering Wheel Controls

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
Standard
Standard

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Standard
Standard

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
39.9 (in.)
39.9 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40.7 (in.)
40.7 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
39.1 (in.)
39.1 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.1 (in.)
39.1 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Standard
Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Premium Synthetic
Premium Synthetic

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Standard
Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
Standard
Standard

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Heated Rear Seats

Heated Rear Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P245/50R18
P245/45R19

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
110.6 (in.)
110.6 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
39 (ft.)
39 (ft.)

Length

Length
183 (in.)
183 (in.)

Width

Width
74.1 (in.)
74.1 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
4112 (.lbs)
4222 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
258 (hp)
306 (hp)

Torque

Torque
221 (ft. lbs.)
300 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
500 (.lbs)
500 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
Not Available
Standard

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Standard
Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
Straight 6 Cylinder
Straight 6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
17.7 (gal.)
17.7 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
22 (mpg)
23 (mpg)

City

City
19 (mpg)
19 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
25 (mpg)
26 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Active Suspension
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Standard
Standard

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
Optional
Optional
Standard

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
Optional
Optional
Standard

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Not Available
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
Not Available
*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front
  • Side
  • Roof Strength
  • Driver-side Overlap Front N/A
*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall
  • Mechanical
  • Powertrain Quality
  • Body & Interior Design
  • ‌Features
*JD Power Circle Ratings

Safety Recalls (3)

Air Bags Feb 5, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
Feb 5, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V071000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2008-2013 128i and 135i coupes and convertibles and 1 Series M coupes, 2006-2011 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive Sedans, 2009-2011 335d sedans, 2006-2012 325xiT, 328i and 328xi sports wagons, 2007-2013 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive, 335is and M3 Coupes and Convertibles, 2013-2015 X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i and X1 xDrive35i SAVs, 2007-2010 X3 xDrive30i SAVs, 2007-2013 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5 M SAVs, 2009-2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d SAVs, 2008-2014 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M SACs, 2010-2011 BMW X6 xDrive50i SACs and 2008-2011 M3 Sedan vehicles. Upon deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
Consequence:
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag module or inflator depending on the vehicle model, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. Owners will be mailed an interim notification beginning March 31, 2016. A second notice will be mailed when remedy parts are available. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
Child Seat May 23, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
May 23, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V333000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2011-2017, X3 sDrive28i, X3 xDrive28i and X3 xDrive35i, vehicles manufactured July 2, 2010 to April 14, 2016, 2015-2017 X3 xDrive28d vehicles manufactured March 10, 2014 to March 31, 2016, and 2015-2017 x4 xDrive28i, X4 xDrive35i and X4 xDriveM40i vehicles manufactured March3, 2014 to April 15, 2016. The affected vehicles have lower anchor bars for securing child restraint seats that may become damaged when using the European-ISOFIX-type, rigid-style connector, child restraint system.
Consequence:
Damaged lower anchor bars may increase the child's risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will weld a reinforcing bracket to the lower anchor bars and the vehicle body, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 12, 2016. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
Air Bags Aug 8, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Aug 8, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V495000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC. (BMW) is recalling certain 2012-2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i, X3 xDrive35i, and M6 Convertible vehicles and 2013 M6 Coupe vehicles. The affected vehicles have a driver's frontal air bag inflator that may have been improperly welded.
Consequence:
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator housing could separate from the base plate and result in metal striking the vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's front air bag module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 9, 2017. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

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