Road Tests

2012 BMW X3 xDrive 35i

2012 BMW X3 xDrive 35i

The Good:
– Pretty damn quick
– Cabin space and features
– Sharp handling
The Bad:
– Very expensive
– Conservative styling
– Not much of an offroader

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2012 Renault Duster

2012 Renault Duster

The Good:
– As cheap as a small dog
– Decent cabin space
– Fairly comfortable ride
The Bad:
– Cheapness obvious in base trim
– Hard cabin plastics
– Gets noisy at highway speeds

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2012 Nissan Xterra

2012 Nissan Xterra

The Good:
– Excellent offroader
– Cabin space and practicality
– Powerful engine
The Bad:
– Hard-plastic cabin
– Engine noise, all the time
– Unimpressive fuel economy

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2012 Honda CR-V

2012 Honda CR-V

The Good:
– Great fuel economy
– Cabin space and practicality
– Decent handling
The Bad:
– Basic gearbox & no low-range
– Noticeable road noise
– Hard cabin plastics

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