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2021 BMW X3 vs. 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Review

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2021 BMW
X3

MSRP*: $43,000 to $56,600
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2021 Jeep
Wrangler Unlimited

MSRP*: $32,400 to $73,500
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Invoice* $40,490 to $53,140 $31,815 to $69,390
MPG - City 21 - 25 MPG 13 - 21 MPG
MPG - Hwy 27 - 29 MPG 17 - 24 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 62.7 ft3 67.4 - 72.4 ft3
Engine Inline-4, Inline-6 Inline-4, V-6, V-8
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual, Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Rear-wheel Four-wheel
Horsepower 248 - 382 hp 270 - 470 hp
Towing Capacity 4,400 lbs 3,500 lbs
Exterior Length 185.9 - 186.1 in 188.4 in
Exterior Width 74.4 - 74.7 in 73.8 in
Leg Room Front 40.3 in
Rear 36.4 in
Front 40.8 - 41.2 in
Rear 38.2 - 38.3 in
Head Room Front 40.0 - 41.1 in
Rear 38.5 - 39.1 in
Front 40.7 - 42.6 in
Rear 40.2 - 41.7 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Info not available
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** Info not available
Side Crash Rating** ***** Info not available

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited than in the BMW X3, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 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
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the BMW X3 as you will with the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

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). The BMW X3 is somewhat more expensive than the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. 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 carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

Dimensions
The BMW X3 is about the same width as the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. When looking at overall length, the BMW X3 takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

Handling
The BMW X3 has a smaller turning radius than the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the BMW X3 is clearly the choice over the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited for pulling heavy loads. The BMW X3 has a little less horsepower than the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

Powertrain
With similar torque, the BMW X3 and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited are about even in transmitting their respective horsepower to the wheels.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the BMW X3 and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The BMW X3 has less cargo space than the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

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