2011 BMW
X3 xDrive28i
vs. 2011 Honda
CR-V

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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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8"
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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
2011 Honda CR-V

9.0

Runner-up

Honda CR-V

starting from

$23,405
"We're certainly smitten with the CR-V's ability to comfortably take on both people and cargo."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's interior quality
"Well-rounded and a great choice for families."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the Honda CR-V

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Average cargo space
72.9 ft3
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Power outlets
Standard
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Power mirrors
Standard
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Good highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.2
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i Winner: X3 xDrive28i
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.7
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i Winner: X3 xDrive28i
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  • The X3 xDrive28i has 6 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 12 vs 6
  • The X3 xDrive28i's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Almost the same
Practicality 8.3 vs 10.0
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • Almost the same
  • Room for more than 2.5x more stuff, 72.9 ft3 vs 27.6 ft3
  • Almost the same, 55.6 ft3 vs 53.8 ft3
Safety Features 9.3 vs 10.0
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • The CR-V has 1 more airbag (including Side), 5 vs 4
Performance 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i Winner: X3 xDrive28i
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  • The X3 xDrive28i has 3 more gears, which can improve performance, 8 vs 5
  • The X3 xDrive28i's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive
Cost 9.9 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
Missing information
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both vehicles have above average braking abilities for this class of vehicle
Overall 9.6 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

BMW
X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the X3 xDrive28i's power seats; not available on the CR-V
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the X3 xDrive28i

Entertainment System

BMW
X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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Number of speakers 12 vs 6 The X3 xDrive28i has an extraordinary amount of speakers, and the CR-V is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The CR-V '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 Optional vs Not Available 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 No The X3 xDrive28i has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Practicality

BMW
X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 27.6 ft3 vs 72.9 ft3 The CR-V has OK cargo room, while the X3 xDrive28i has very little
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front seats 53.8 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 904 lb vs 850 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 Not Available vs Standard The CR-V 's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the X3 xDrive28i
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The X3 xDrive28i offers an optional navigation system; not available on the CR-V
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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

Safety Features

BMW
X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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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 4 vs 5 The CR-V 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 BMW Assist vs None

Performance

BMW
X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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Horsepower 240 HP @ 6,600 RPM vs 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM The X3 xDrive28i is of average power, but the CR-V is underpowered
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Number of gears 8 vs 5 The X3 xDrive28i has an extraordinary amount of gears, and the CR-V is OK, too
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both the X3 xDrive28i's semi-automatic transmission and the CR-V '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 17.1 lb/hp vs 18.8 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs two-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 39.0 ft vs 37.8 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

BMW
X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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MSRP $37,625 vs $23,405 The CR-V has a great price and the X3 xDrive28i is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 21 mpg The CR-V has great city mileage and the X3 xDrive28i is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The X3 xDrive28i's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the CR-V 's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The X3 xDrive28i's basic warranty is long lasting, but the CR-V 's is very short

Crash Test Ratings

BMW
X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 4 stars
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 4 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 3 stars

Road Tests

BMW
X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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0-60 mph 6.7 seconds vs 9.2 seconds The X3 xDrive28i can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the CR-V is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 129 ft vs 123 ft Both vehicles have above average braking abilities for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 16.9 s s @ 82.9 mph mph
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Lateral acceleration 0.84 g vs 0.77 g The X3 xDrive28i has phenomenal cornering abilities, but the CR-V is just OK
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Top speed 150 mph vs Unknown

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2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i 2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI X3 xDrive35i vs Touareg TDI
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Honda Accord EX-L CR-V EX-L vs Accord EX-L
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Nissan Murano LE CR-V vs Murano LE
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Toyota Highlander SE CR-V EX-L vs Highlander SE
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX CR-V vs Accord Crosstour EX
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Ford Edge SEL CR-V vs Edge SEL

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