Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 BMW X3 VS 2016 Buick Envision Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 BMW X3

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2016 Buick Envision

Safety Comparison

Both the X3 and the Envision have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty Comparison

The X3’s corrosion warranty is 6 years and unlimited miles longer than the Envision’s (12/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X3 for 2 years and 26000 miles longer than Buick pays for maintenance for the Envision (4/50,000 vs. 2/24,000).

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 11th.

Engine Comparison

The X3 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 48 more horsepower (300 vs. 252) and 40 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 260) than the Envision’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The X3’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 260) than the Envision’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X3 xDrive28d gets better fuel mileage than the Envision (27 city/34 hwy vs. 20 city/26 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the X3 gets better fuel mileage than the Envision:





21 city/28 hwy




21 city/28 hwy

19 city/27 hwy

2.0 Turbo/Auto


19 city/27 hwy


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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the X3’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Envision:



Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.4 inches

The X3’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Envision are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the X3 has larger standard tires than the Envision (245/50R18 vs. 235/50R19). The X3’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Envision (F:245/45R19 & R:275/40R19 vs. 235/50R19).

The X3’s optional 245/40R20 front and 275/35R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Envision’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X3 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Envision’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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 Envision doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The X3 offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Envision’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The X3 has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Envision doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X3’s wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the Envision (110.6 inches vs. 107.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the X3 is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Envision.

Passenger Space Comparison

The X3 has .7 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom and 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Envision.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The X3 has a larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Envision with its rear seat up (27.6 vs. 26.9 cubic feet). The X3 has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Envision with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 57.3 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the X3. The Envision doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The X3’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Envision’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

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 Envision can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the X3 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Envision doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The X3 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Envision doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Recommendations Comparison

The BMW X3 has won recognition from these important consumer publications:



Consumer Reports® Recommends



Kiplinger’s Award



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