Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 BMW X3 VS 2013 Cadillac SRX Near Phoenix, AZ

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2013 BMW X3

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2013 Cadillac SRX

Safety Comparison

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All Wheel Drive is standard on the X3. But it costs extra on the SRX.

The X3 offers an optional Top View to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The SRX only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the X3 and the SRX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The X3’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the SRX’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X3 has a standard 210 amp alternator. The SRX’s 150 amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the X3’s reliability will be 66% better than the SRX.

Engine Comparison

The X3 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 35 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 265) than the SRX’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X3 xDrive28i gets better fuel mileage than the SRX 4 (21 city/28 hwy vs. 16 city/23 hwy). The X3 xDrive35i gets better fuel mileage than the SRX 4 (19 city/26 hwy vs. 16 city/23 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the X3’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The SRX doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the X3’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The SRX doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The X3 stops much shorter than the SRX:



60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the X3 has larger tires than the SRX (245/55R17 vs. 235/65R18).

The X3 xDrive28i’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the SRX’s standard 65 series tires. The X3’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the SRX’s optional 55 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X3 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The SRX doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The X3 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The SRX’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The X3’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.9% to 50.1%) than the SRX’s (57% to 43%). This gives the X3 more stable handling and braking.

The X3 xDrive35i handles at .87 G’s, while the SRX 4 pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X3 xDrive35i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the SRX 4 (26.5 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X3’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the SRX’s (38.4 feet vs. 40.3 feet).

For greater off-road capability the X3 has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the SRX (8.5 vs. 7 inches), allowing the X3 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The X3 is 7.3 inches shorter than the SRX, making the X3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The X3 has 1 inch more front headroom and .7 inches more rear headroom than the SRX.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the X3 easier. The X3’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.8 inches, while the SRX’s liftover is 30.1 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

The X3 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The SRX doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left down on the X3 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the SRX can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The X3 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The SRX doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The X3’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The SRX’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the X3 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The SRX doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The X3’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The SRX’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the X3 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the X3 will cost $1190 to $1460 less than the SRX over a five-year period.

The X3 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the X3 will retain a greater percentage of its original price after two and four years than the SRX.



Four Year



Two Year



According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X3 is less expensive to operate than the SRX because it costs $777 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the X3 than the SRX, including $65 less for fuel injection, $250 less for front struts and $142 less for a timing belt/chain.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW X3 will be $1432 to $5476 less than for the Cadillac SRX.

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