2017 BMW X3, Toyota RAV4: The AWD Off-Road Review [Video]

2017 BMW X3 Toyota RAV4
Oh yes, we did. The X3 and RAV4 tackle Gold Mine Hill.

Rear-wheel bias (X3) and front-wheel bias (RAV4) AWD systems

With both the 2017 Toyota RAV4 and BMW X3 in TFL’s stable this week, Nathan Adlen decided to see for himself the two different approaches to AWD do on TFL’s legendary Gold Mine Hill dirt track.

Here’s how they stack up:

BMW X3 Toyota RAV4
Engine specs 240 hp; 2-liter turbo 4  176 hp; 2.5-liter 4-cyl.
Ground clearance 8.3 inches  6.1 inches
Wheel size/Tires  19-inch/Goodyear Eagle  18-inch/Toyo Open Country
AWD bias  Rear-wheel drive Front-wheel drive



To see how these two handle the Rockies, check out Nathan’s test video: