I would suggest '14 MDX as option. Driving experience not as good as X3 35i, but much better than most, great resale, and Tech model at $49,000. Better reliability than most. Next summer will be new X3 35i or MDX. My heart is with X3, my brain (and checkbook) is MDX. I'll probably get the BMW....I've had 2 MDX and 4 BMWs.