The next time you hit the road in a luxury SUV, will you be behind the wheel of the BMW X3 or the INFINITI QX50? The good news is that both are high-class vehicles you're sure to love to drive. However, you'll want to make sure you're taking the wheel of the one that's the best fit for your lifestyle in Northport, Tuscaloosa, and Starkville, AL.

That's where this comparison from the team at BMW of Tuscaloosa comes in. Give it a read to see how these SUVs are similar and how they differ. Then, contact us to test drive the one that gets your attention!

BMW X3 vs INFINITI QX50: Engine Power

If you're looking for a luxury SUV with plenty of power right out of the gate, then you're in good hands with either the BMW X3 or the INFINITI QX50. Both models come standard with a turbocharged 2.0L I-4 engine that delivers more than 245 horsepower.

They also keep you steady in changing conditions thanks to their available intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD) systems that adapt to the exact terrain to deliver enhanced traction control.

If you really crave a lot of excitement, though, then you'll want to check out the performance line of the BMW X3. The BMW X3 M40i comes with the 3.0L BMW M TwinPower Turbo I-6 engine that generates a thrilling 382 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque.

Unfortunately, the INFINITI doesn't offer a performance line, so it may not deliver the same kind of power you'll get with the BMW.

MPG Specs

While engine power is important for delivering that exciting drive you crave, you also want to know your SUV won't break your stride for a pit stop at the pump. As you can see below, both SUVs keep you moving forward with their standard engines:


EPA-estimated City MPG

EPA-estimated Highway MPG


25 MPG

29 MPG


23 MPG

29 MPG

While their standard fuel economies are relatively comparable, it's important to note that the BMW X3 also has a hybrid powertrain with a driving range of 340 miles on a single tank. The INFINITI QX50 doesn't have a hybrid option available.

Related reading: BMW X3 vs Mercedes-Benz GLA

Infotainment Systems in the BMW X3 and INFINITI QX50

When you're cruising through town in your luxury SUV, having the right playlist to go along with your drive can really get the party started. That's why we love that both the BMW X3 and the INFINITI QX50 provide the connectivity tools you'll need to play your favorite music, audio books, podcasts, and more, directly through your car's speakers.

With features like Bluetooth®, you'll be able to wirelessly connect your device to your vehicle so you can take hands-free phone calls or stream audio as you drive. For even more access, plug in your phone to use Apple CarPlay™, available in both the BMW and the INFINITI.

Features like Apple CarPlay™ allow you to use your SUV's infotainment touchscreen display to safely access phone apps like navigation, audio books, music streaming, phone contacts, and more.

With the INFINITI QX50, you'll have an 8-inch upper touchscreen display embedded into the center stack. The BMW X3 gives you a much larger surface area with its 10.25-inch floating touchscreen display. This larger size may make viewing available integrated navigation much easier, especially when traveling somewhere new.

Related reading: BMW X3 vs Lexus RX 350

Will You Drive the BMW X3 or INFINITI QX50?

Now that you know the details of the BMW X3 and the INFINITI QX50, which one are you going to drive around Starkville, Tuscaloosa, and Northport, AL? If you're a fan of the BMW, the team at BMW of Tuscaloosa can help you. Contact us and test drive the BMW X3 today!

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