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2016 BMW X3 vs. 2016 Ford Explorer Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Ford Explorer than in the BMW X3, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Ford Explorer will be a hit with tall drivers and their front seat passengers, since it has greater front head- and legroom than the BMW X3.

Convenience
Due to the larger tank size and better fuel economy of the BMW X3, you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Ford Explorer.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Whether you pick the BMW X3 or the Ford Explorer, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The BMW X3 will cost more in terms of transportation costs than the Ford Explorer.

Dimensions
Since the BMW X3 is much slimmer than the Ford Explorer, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the BMW X3, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Ford Explorer.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the BMW X3 transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Ford Explorer.

Handling
The BMW X3 has the same turning radius as the Ford Explorer, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the BMW X3 has a lot less horsepower than the Ford Explorer.

Utility
The BMW X3 has less seating than the Ford Explorer, making the Ford Explorer the better choice, if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The BMW X3 has significantly less cargo capacity than the Ford Explorer.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the BMW X3 than that of the Ford Explorer.

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2016 BMW
X3

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MSRP*: $38,600 - $46,350

2016 Ford
Explorer

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MSRP*: $30,700 - $52,600
Cash Back Rebate: Visit Rebate Center Up to $750
Low APR Loan: As low as 1.90% As low as 0.90%
Lease Incentive: As low as 3.07% --
City MPG: 19 - 27
Top 10 Fuel Efficient
16 - 17
Highway MPG: 27 - 34 22 - 24
Engine(s): Inline-4, Inline-6 V-6
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 7 - 7
Basic Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Invoice*: $36,010 - $43,140 $28,935 - $49,050

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Days on Lot measures the average number of days a model sits on a dealer's lot before it's sold. This is one predictor of a dealer's willingness to negotiate.

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