If you’re in the market for a compact luxury SUV or crossover to flaunt on the busy streets of Pompano Beach, FL, you’ve no doubt set your sights on either one of the following 2015 car models: BMW X3, Mercedes Benz GLK Class, and Lexus RX 350.

As one of the most fuel-efficient and sportiest in its class, the BMW X3 doesn’t intend to impress with ruggedness, but rather with active safety features, tech specs, transmission and engine variety. With a price tag hovering just above that of the Mercedes Benz rival, and far lower than where its Lexus branded challenger has positioned itself on the market, the BMW X3 continues to be a mid-ranged baby SUV for sophisticated tastes, such as those of car buyers in Pompano Beach.

With its flagship Variable Control Damper reinforced by Adaptive Drive capabilities, the bimmer strikes a fine balance between ultimate comfort and intimidating agility. True to the X5’s outline and size, but powered by an unflinching turbo six, the BMW X3 is a top choice in its segment.

To top it all off, it’s also much less demanding in terms of running costs. On a city drive, the X3 will outlast the RX350 by an extra 26 miles of range, and the GLK-Class with a whopping 41 miles or range. On the highway, it will travel 16 miles farther than the RX350 and 12% more efficiently than the GLK-Class, which is something its superior fuel economy accounts for.

Pompano Beach BMW shoppers will also be pleased to hear that the X3 should require fewer journeys to a gas station over the course of a year than either of its rivals. Assuming you drive about 15,000 miles, the X3 would require 2 fewer such journeys than the RX 350, and 5 fewer than the GLK-Class, respectively, which is not something to be sniffed at where Delray Beach and Fort Lauderdale car shoppers are concerned.

Add to this the fact that the BMW X3 has better crash rating results, lane departure warning, parking sensors, heated rear seats, more front and rear row headroom, more exterior color choices, a panorama sunroof, that it’s slightly shorter than the RX 350 and more nimble at parking, and that it goes from 0 to 60 in 6.2 rather than 6.5 seconds, and it’s clear to see why the scales lean in favor of the 2015 BMW X3.