The 2013 BMW X6 xDrive35i is unique, visually stunning, marvelous for carving a curvy road, and frustratingly flawed.
I recently drove a $79,995 M Performance Package-equipped version to a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The long drive to and from the breathtaking wilderness — just beyond the tourist-trap chaos of Gatlinburg —provided plenty of time to get to know the X6.
It became a love-hate relationship.
The big luxury machine BMW calls a sport activity vehicle was powerful, quiet and comfortable through hours of interstate highway driving. The seats were wondrously adjustable and supportive. The sound system was beautiful. There was plenty of room for luggage, backpacks and hiking boots.