2011 BMW
X3 xDrive28i
vs. 2011 Subaru
Forester 2.5X

2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i

9.8

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 Subaru Forester 2.5X

9.0

starting from

$21,220

Reasons to buy the Subaru Forester 2.5X

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Power outlets
Standard
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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
8.7"
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Power mirrors
Standard
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Very inexpensive
$21,220
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 7.3
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i Winner: X3 xDrive28i
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  • The X3 xDrive28i has 8 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 12 vs 4
  • The X3 xDrive28i's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Almost the same
Road Tests 10.0 vs 8.3
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i Winner: X3 xDrive28i
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  • The X3 xDrive28i hits 60mph around 30% faster, 6.7 seconds vs 9.1 seconds
  • The X3 xDrive28i can go 20% faster than the Forester 2.5X, 150 mph vs 125 mph
  • Almost the same, 0.84 g vs 0.81 g
Practicality 9.1 vs 10.0
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Winner: Forester 2.5X
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  • Almost the same
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 58.2 ft3 vs 53.8 ft3
  • The Forester 2.5X can carry around 40% more weight, 1,230 lb vs 904 lb
Cost 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Winner: Forester 2.5X
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  • The best price we've seen is $16,405 cheaper (more than 40% less), $21,220 vs $37,625
  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 19 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Limited number of airbags
Performance 10.0 vs 10.0
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Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

BMW
X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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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 Forester 2.5X
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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 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Number of speakers 12 vs 4 The X3 xDrive28i has an extraordinary amount of speakers, but the Forester 2.5X has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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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

Road Tests

BMW
X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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0-60 mph 6.7 seconds vs 9.1 seconds The X3 xDrive28i has a good 0-60 time, but the Forester 2.5X is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 129 ft vs 134 ft The X3 xDrive28i has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Forester 2.5X is just OK
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 17.0 s s @ 82.0 mph mph
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Lateral acceleration 0.84 g vs 0.81 g The X3 xDrive28i has phenomenal cornering abilities, and the Forester 2.5X is not bad, either
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Top speed 150 mph vs 125 mph The X3 xDrive28i can hit an extraordinarily high top speed, but the Forester 2.5X is just OK

Practicality

BMW
X3 xDrive28i
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2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 27.6 ft3 vs 33.5 ft3 Both have very limited cargo room
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front seats 53.8 ft3 vs 58.2 ft3 The Forester 2.5X has roomy front seats and the X3 xDrive28i is OK
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Base payload capacity 904 lb vs 1,230 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 Forester 2.5X'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 Forester 2.5X
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Cupholders 8 vs 6 The X3 xDrive28i has a good number of cupholders, but the Forester 2.5X is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

BMW
X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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MSRP $37,625 vs $21,220 The Forester 2.5X 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 Forester 2.5X 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 Forester 2.5X'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 Forester 2.5X's is very short

Safety Features

BMW
X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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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 4 Limited number of airbags
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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 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Horsepower 240 HP @ 6,600 RPM vs 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM The X3 xDrive28i is of average power, but the Forester 2.5X is underpowered
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Number of gears 8 vs 5 The X3 xDrive28i has an extraordinary amount of gears, and the Forester 2.5X is OK, too
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the X3 xDrive28i's semi-automatic transmission and the Forester 2.5X's Manual 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 19.1 lb/hp The X3 xDrive28i has OK performance while the Forester 2.5X gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.0 ft vs 34.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Crash Test Ratings

BMW
X3 xDrive28i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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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 5 stars

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