2011 BMW
X3 xDrive28i
vs. 2011 Chevrolet
Equinox LTZ

2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i

9.6

starting from

$37,625
"The X3 looks fresh in its new duds...understated good looks"
caranddriver.com | talking about the X3's external styling
"The cabin is much nicer than before, although it is bereft of its own personality"
caranddriver.com | talking about the X3's interior quality

Reasons to buy the BMW X3 xDrive28i

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Average power
240 HP @ 6,600 RPM
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Fast 0-60 time
6.7 seconds
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

9.2

starting from

$29,380

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

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Average cargo space
63.7 ft3
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Power outlets
Standard
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
32 mpg
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Fantastic range on the highway
602 miles
Road Tests 7.0 vs 10.0
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i Winner: X3 xDrive28i
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  • The X3 xDrive28i hits 60mph around 40% faster, 6.7 seconds vs 10.7 seconds
  • The X3 xDrive28i can go more than 30% faster than the Equinox LTZ, 150 mph vs 112 mph
  • The X3 xDrive28i can change direction more than 10% faster, 0.84 g vs 0.76 g
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.2
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ Winner: Equinox LTZ
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  • The Equinox LTZ's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the X3 xDrive28i
  • Room for around 2.5x more stuff, 63.7 ft3 vs 27.6 ft3
  • The Equinox LTZ can carry more than 30% more weight, 1190 lb vs 904 lb
Performance 8.7 vs 10.0
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i Winner: X3 xDrive28i
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  • The X3 xDrive28i's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
  • The X3 xDrive28i has 2 more gears, which can improve performance, 8 vs 6
  • The X3 xDrive28i's power-to-weight ratio is around 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 17.1 lb/hp vs 21.0 lb/hp
Luxury Features 8.8 vs 10.0
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i Winner: X3 xDrive28i
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the X3 xDrive28i's power seats; not available on the Equinox LTZ
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ Winner: Equinox LTZ
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  • The Equinox LTZ has 1 more airbag (including Side), 5 vs 4
Entertainment System 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i Winner: X3 xDrive28i
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  • Like your tunes? In the X3 xDrive28i, you can upgrade to satellite radio
  • The X3 xDrive28i has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 12 vs 8
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.2 vs 9.6

Road Tests

Chevrolet
Equinox LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i BMW
X3 xDrive28i
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 6.7 seconds The X3 xDrive28i can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the Equinox LTZ is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 138 ft vs 129 ft The X3 xDrive28i has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Equinox LTZ is just OK
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1/4 mile 18.0 s @ 80 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs 0.84 g The X3 xDrive28i has phenomenal cornering abilities, but the Equinox LTZ is just OK
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Top speed 112 mph vs 150 mph The X3 xDrive28i can hit an extraordinarily high top speed, but the Equinox LTZ is pretty bad

Practicality

Chevrolet
Equinox LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i BMW
X3 xDrive28i
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 63.7 ft3 vs 27.6 ft3 The Equinox LTZ has OK cargo room, while the X3 xDrive28i has very little
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front seats 54.4 ft3 vs 53.8 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 1190 lb vs 904 lb Average towing capacity
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The Equinox LTZ's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the X3 xDrive28i
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 8 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Performance

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Equinox LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i BMW
X3 xDrive28i
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Horsepower 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM vs 240 HP @ 6,600 RPM The X3 xDrive28i is of average power, but the Equinox LTZ is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 8 Both have more gears, but the X3 xDrive28i in particular has a wide number
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the X3 xDrive28i's semi-automatic transmission and the Equinox LTZ's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 21.0 lb/hp vs 17.1 lb/hp The X3 xDrive28i has OK performance while the Equinox LTZ gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The X3 xDrive28i has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.0 ft vs 39.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Luxury Features

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Equinox LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i BMW
X3 xDrive28i
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the X3 xDrive28i's power seats; not available on the Equinox LTZ
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Equinox LTZ

Safety Features

Chevrolet
Equinox LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i BMW
X3 xDrive28i
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 4 The Equinox LTZ has an OK number of airbags while the X3 xDrive28i has very few (missing Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs BMW Assist

Entertainment System

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Equinox LTZ
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2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i BMW
X3 xDrive28i
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Number of speakers 8 vs 12 The X3 xDrive28i has an extraordinary amount of speakers, and the Equinox LTZ is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Equinox LTZ's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the X3 xDrive28i does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Optional Like your tunes? In the X3 xDrive28i, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Yes The X3 xDrive28i has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Equinox LTZ; but it's not available at all on the X3 xDrive28i

Cost

Chevrolet
Equinox LTZ
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2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i BMW
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MSRP $29,380 vs $37,625 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 19 mpg The Equinox LTZ has great city mileage and the X3 xDrive28i is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The X3 xDrive28i's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Equinox LTZ's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The X3 xDrive28i's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Equinox LTZ's is very short

Crash Test Ratings

Chevrolet
Equinox LTZ
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2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i BMW
X3 xDrive28i
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2011 Honda CR-V EX-L X3 xDrive28i vs CR-V EX-L
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 X3 xDrive28i vs GLK350
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i X3 xDrive28i vs X5 xDrive35i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring X3 xDrive28i vs Forester 2.5XT Touring
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE X3 xDrive28i vs Tiguan SE
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Equinox LT vs Traverse LS
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2012 GMC Acadia SLE Equinox LS vs Acadia SLE
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2011 Ford Explorer Equinox LT vs Explorer
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium Equinox LT vs Outback 2.5i Premium
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS 2011 Ford Edge SEL Equinox LS vs Edge SEL

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