BMW of Little Rock helps you choose between these hot new models
When you find yourself choosing between the BMW X1 and the BMW X3, you’ve already won. After all, these vehicles—and any BMW models, for that matter—can all be counted on for a thrilling combination of performance, value, and efficiency. If you want to determine whether the X1 or the X3 is the better fit for your lifestyle, though, BMW of Little Rock is here to help.
The X1 is the new entry-level compact crossover in the BMW lineup, with the X3 representing the next step up. For those focused on price, the X1 starts with an obvious advantage—a starting MSRP of $30,800,* while the X3 starts at $38,850.* However, there’s more to influence your decision than just that.
Consider your performance needs, for example. Both models are classed as Sport Activity Vehicles and feature a standard turbo-charged inline-4 engine with 240 horsepower—enough to tackle the more challenging roads you may wander onto. A turbocharged 300-horsepower engine is also standard for both models. However, the standard 2013 BMW X1 sDrive28i is rear-wheel drive, while the X3 is all-wheel-drive only, giving it the extra edge on more treacherous terrain. The X3 also comes standard with Servotronic vehicle-speed-sensitive power steering and Hill Descent Control (HDC) for more precise handling.
If your passenger or cargo needs are greater than average, the X3 may be your better option. The X1 is 6.5 inches shorter in length and approximately 5 inches shorter in height than the X3. In contrast, the X1 should appeal to the more fuel-economy-minded driver with 24 mpg city/34 mpg highway.** The X3’s fuel economy is still admirable, estimated at 21 mpg city/28 mpg highway.** The X3 also has a larger fuel tank (approximately 17.7 gallons).
Audiophile? Both the X1 and X3 are equipped with anti-theft stereo/CD/MP3 audio systems, but the X3 boasts an intense 12-speaker system (the X1 has 8). Satellite radio can also easily be installed in either model as an optional upgrade.
At BMW of Little Rock, our sales associates are happy to discuss more about which BMW model is the best fit for your lifestyle. Call, email, or visit us today to get started.
*Price excludes taxes. Check with your authorized BMW center for complete information, availability and installation costs.
**EPA-estimated figures only. Your actual mileage will vary.
Meet the General Sales Manager at BMW of Little Rock
Jerry Homsley has been a part of the BMW of Little Rock team for 5 years—a significant amount of time. However, his automotive experience goes back even further than that, with a total of 39 years in the industry. Over the years, Homsley says that while the times may have changed, his favorite part of the job has not. “It’s the people,” he says. “If you’re not a people person, this is not the business for you. I love the interaction, the new daily challenges and opportunities.”
Originally from North Little Rock, Jerry attended Oak Grove High School and State College of Arkansas (now University of Central Arkansas). He is a current resident of Cabot, which he says still makes it easy to catch up with old friends.
Jerry has over 209,000 miles on his current car, a BMW 645i Coupe. “Routine maintenance and a little TLC will take you a long ways (literally) in a BMW,” he says. However, he is preparing to retire it in favor of a new 335i Coupe with the M-Sport Package which he recently ordered.
In his spare time, Jerry enjoys flying his two hand-built aircraft from his hangar at North Little Rock Airport. He has a single-seat, open-cockpit, stick-and-rudder Starduster Starlet, and a Vans RV-9A with dual GPS systems.
If you’re looking for a new BMW--or if you’re a fellow airport geek—Jerry would love to meet and talk with you. “Lots of really good people work here and take pride in the job they do. Stop by to say hello,” he says. Come in to BMW of Little Rock today to meet Jerry and the rest of the members of our fantastic team.
When it comes to detailing your vehicle, leave it to the pros at BMW of Little Rock
If you’ve ever felt embarrassed stepping out of a dirty car or truck, then you understand the importance of keeping your vehicle looking like new. Unfortunately, taking your car through the drive-thru car wash every now and then won’t deliver the deep cleaning that your car deserves.
Detailing, on the other hand, is promised to give your beloved vehicle that “new-car” feeling all over again. It isn’t easy work, but the results are amazing. After all, that’s what we’re here for!
While you could detail your car at home, is it really worth it? Let’s take a look at why letting the pros at BMW of Little Rock detail your vehicle is the way to go.
When you wash your vehicle at a drive-thru car wash, you may be doing more harm than good. If the car wash has brushes or pieces of cloth that scrub your vehicle as it goes through, these components can easily scratch your car’s finish. All of the bits of dirt from cars before can be trapped in the cloth and brushes, and as they scrub your vehicle, they act as sandpaper, permanently marring your paint.
One step better is hand washing your car at home, but even then, you must be careful to not just become a humanized version of the car wash. Using two buckets is a good start, with one bucket being a rinse bucket to remove the dirt from your sponge, and the other containing the soap.
Also, be careful of the type of soaps and car care products being used. The interior and exterior cleaners found at the local parts store are often of decent quality, but they aren’t always the best, and they must be used properly. Even then, for a normal car owner, detailing a car can become an all-day task, sometimes with less than perfect results.
So why should you let the pros at the BMW of Little Rock service department handle your detailing needs? First of all, we’re just that-professionals. We know exactly what specialty products are right for your vehicle to get the perfect results every time. We know the techniques that will yield showroom-finish results while you don’t have to even touch your car.
And while you won’t want to clean out all the dried soda, coffee stains, or leftover cheeseburger wrappers from under your seat, we’ll gladly do it. Why? We want you to love your vehicle. When owners are attached to what they drive, they take better care of it, and the vehicle will reward you with years of service in the long run. Just picture getting into a blindingly shiny, clean vehicle with an interior that looks equally as pristine. No more purchasing all kinds of car care products that don’t deliver results. No more spending hours in the driveway getting soaked and frustrated. No more wasted time. We know what it takes to detail your vehicle to concourse standards. Once you give it a try, we’re sure you’ll see the difference!
The BMW 3 Series models include a sedan, wagon, coupe, and convertible. Launched in 2012, the 2013 BMW 3 Series herald a number of improvements that have been applied across the entire range. In terms of model additions, this includes the introduction of a hybrid version of the sedan. Other enhancements have resulted from modifications to exterior design, interior comfort, and technology as well as improvements in power, performance, efficiency, and safety.
Style and design
While embracing the BMW 3 series image, the improved dimensions of the 3 Series exterior and the materials used in its exterior shape has not only enlarged the interior space, but also improved its level of efficiency. Width has been increased by nearly 1.5 inches and length by approaching 2 inches, which provides more legroom for front and rear seat passengers. Similarly, a lighter steel body shell improves fuel consumption and power-to-weight ratio. The three box design format, with its sweeping contours, adds to the vehicle dynamics and appeal. Finally, the appropriate logos and badges are attached to provide a differentiation between the models.
Like many of its premium brand competitors, the BMW 3 Series has moved away from the soft top convertible to a hardtop version. Using the most advanced technology, the 2013 convertible model is now able to complete the process of convertible transformation in an amazing time of 23 seconds, providing drivers with the capabilities to react almost instantly to the vagaries of the weather.
Interior comfort and functionality
Renowned for the quality of its driver and passenger comfort and luxury, the 2013 3 series model does not disappoint. Attention has been paid to changing the format of instrument panels to allow easier access for the driver, while at the same time, through its central location, displaying information accessible to other passengers. Interior technology has also been improved with high resolution displays, the introduction of a number of BMW apps, including Bluetooth, internet and other info-entertainment facilities. Furthermore, for busy professionals, visual access to your diary, as well as audio and ‘text-to-speech’ functions helps to keep you in touch with your office while on the move.
Performance, power and efficiency
Perhaps the most amazing feature of the BMW 3 Series is its pair of low consumption engines to choose from, each of which features BMWs TwinPower Turbo’ technology, which provide smooth acceleration while at the same time offering lower fuel consumption and emissions. Perhaps the most exciting development in terms of engine development is the new hybrid version of the 3 Series which, combining electric and gasoline propulsion, epitomises the efforts that have been made by BMW to reduce the cost of fuel consumption and at the same time minimising harmful emissions.
Road safety is an important element of driver responsibility. In recognition of this fact, the latest technology introduced in the 2013 BMW 3 Series not only displays warnings related to speed restrictions but also, by tracking traffic signs mounted at side of the road and overhead, also warns of other potential driving hazards. Adaptive headlights further improve safety by reacting to both road conditions and also reducing the dazzle effect that might affect oncoming traffic.
BMW 3 times the driving experience
The 2013 BMW 3 Series, through improvements in design, quality of comfort, and power efficiency marks yet another milestone in the dominance and attractiveness the BMW brand holds for the discerning driver.
Winter weather brings dangerous driving conditions that can ruin your day and your life. Many winter accidents result from poor visibility situations when motorists cannot see the road and other cars, so anything you do to improve visibility can help everyone stay safe during a treacherous time of year. The following five tips for improving visibility during winter can help you and your car stay safe.
Wipers can help clear windows of ice and frost, but they cannot improve visibility when left unused. Make sure you activate your wipers as soon as precipitation starts and leave them on until it stops. Of course, only wipers in good condition can stand up to the task of dealing with snow and sleet. Worn or damaged windshield wipers can leave a thin layer of snow or ice on your windshield or leave streaks that can impair your ability to see the road. Check with your dealer to have your wipers inspected. If needed, service technicians can quickly install high-quality replacements that meet the specifications of your vehicle.
Maintaining your windshield also plays a part in improving visibility during the winter driving season. Rocks and road debris can fly into your windshield, leaving behind a cracked or chipped surface that can obstruct your view of the road as you drive. Make sure that you have your windshield repaired or replaced soon after it incurs damage so that you can keep the best view of the road.
Headlights help other drivers see your car and help you get a good view of the road ahead. For these reasons, you should always activate your headlights during inclement weather. You should always periodically inspect your headlights to make sure they are working properly. Promptly replace burned-out or dimmed units to get the safest winter driving experience.
Most modern cars use plastic headlight lenses that become cloudy over time. These aging lenses reduce the effectiveness of your headlights, setting the stage for a low-visibility driving environment. Your dealer can restore these lenses to clear, like-new condition, so don’t hesitate to ask for help.
Accumulated snow camouflages your car, making it difficult to see while on the road. To stay safe, remove snow from the hood, roof, and trunk of your car as well as from the bumpers before leaving your driveway or the mall parking lot. Keep a small brush or broom in your car so that you can remove accumulated snow wherever you are.
Treacherous winter roads become worse when your car breaks down. You can improve the visibility of your disabled car by deploying safety flares that attract and reflect the lights of oncoming vehicles to alert motorists of a stranded stationary car. Buy high-visibility safety flares at your dealer’s parts counter and store them in your car for emergency use. While you’re at it, stow away a blanket, flashlight, and emergency food and water to help you survive an extended ordeal.
Bigger and brighter headlights can help you see during difficult weather, but they can also impair the vision of other drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is evaluating the effectiveness of night vision devices that can improve vision at night without jeopardizing the safety of drivers in other cars. Some manufacturers offer infrared-based night vision equipment options when you order a new car. Your dealer may also have manufacturer-approved IR systems that can be added to your car, so stop by or schedule an appointment to learn more about your options.
Using your kitchen requires energy. You need to store food, prepare meals, and clean up afterward. This energy use costs you money. You can control the cost of running your kitchen with a few basic tips and cooking techniques.
Energy Saving Appliances
Replace non-functioning appliances with energy efficient appliances. Look for those that are Energy Star rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Such appliances are tested for efficiency in energy usage, and in some cases, the purchase may be tax deductible.
Maintaining your refrigerator reduces its energy consumption. Clean the condenser coils twice a year, using a vacuum cleaner to remove dust and debris. Check the door seals to ensure no cold air is escaping and to maintain consistent interior temperatures.
Cold Food Storage
Keep your refrigerator well stocked, but not overstocked. The various foods act as cooling agents within the confines of the fridge, much the same way soda cans cool the air in a Styrofoam cooler. The compressor doesn't have to turn on as often if the contents contribute to the cooling process.
Whenever possible, bring foods to room temperature before cooking. The food then requires less cooking time and reduces energy usage.
When you need to boil water, start with cold water and allow it to come to room temperature. You use less energy running cold water than hot and less energy bringing tepid water to a boil than cold water.
Cover pots when bringing liquids to a boil and set the lid askew when simmering foods. You can then use a lower temperature for simmering. Turn off the heat two to three minutes before the food is fully cooked and allow the heat of the pot to finish the job.
Microwaves and Slow Cookers
Both of these kitchen devices require less energy than a stovetop or oven. When cooking, make extra portions to reheat in the microwave for subsequent meals. Use the slow cooker for soups and stews and for braising tougher cuts of meat.
Reduce energy costs by serving foods that don't require cooking, such as sandwiches with chips, cold soups, and fruit and vegetable platters with dips. Use this energy-saving technique in the summer months to prevent heating up your house and reduce cooling costs.
Maintain your dishwasher with the same consistency as your refrigerator to keep this appliance running efficiently. Use an appropriate cleaning agent to rid the interior of mineral build-up. Check the holes in the sprayer arms for clogs and clean as needed.
Switch from incandescent bulbs to CFL (compact fluorescent lighting) bulbs. CFL bulbs burn longer and use less electricity.
Separate the lighting in your kitchen and dining area. Switch on the task lighting when you're putting away groceries or preparing meals, and use the dining area lighting only when at the table.
Exhaust Fans and Windows
Newer technologies make for quieter exhaust fans over the stove. One way to expend energy needlessly is to forget to turn off the fan. Once the fan has cleared the smoke or cooking odor, turn it off.
You may be tempted to turn the temperature down when your kitchen heats up in the summer, making your air conditioner work harder. Instead, open the kitchen window just two or three inches and place a small table fan nearby, facing outward. The fan acts as an exhaust and vents warm air out of the kitchen. Turn off the fan and close the window when you're done cooking.
Jambalaya is a traditional Louisiana Creole stew of spicy meat, seafood, vegetables, and rice that is hearty, homey, and chock-full of flavor. As far as we’re concerned, it doesn’t have to be Fat Tuesday for you to prepare this easy-to-make, one-pot version, which features rich layers of well-developed flavor that will have your family and friends begging for more.
Easy New Orleans Jambalaya
Total Prep time: 40 minutes
Active time: 25 minutes
Inactive time: 15 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
2 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 pound dark chicken meat (white meat is also acceptable), cubed
1 pound spicy andouille sausage, casings removed and diced
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
2 ribs celery, diced
1 cup okra, sliced about 1/2-inch thick
2 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
3 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
1 (28-ounce) can low-sodium diced tomatoes
1 (16-ounce) carton low-sodium chicken or shrimp stock
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 bay leaf
6 - 8 drops Louisiana hot sauce
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 pound medium (41 to 50 count) raw shrimp, deveined and peeled
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 cups long grain rice, cooked and set aside
1/2 cup scallions, thinly sliced, for garnish
Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for about 3 minutes. Add the sausage and continue cooking and stirring until both the chicken and sausage are lightly browned. Add the onion, bell pepper, celery, okra, and garlic and sauté until the onions are soft and translucent, about 5 to 8 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and cook another 1 or 2 minutes.
Add the tomatoes with juice, chicken stock, cumin, chili powder, paprika thyme, bay leaf, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce, and stir, making sure to scrape up all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.
Add the shrimp and simmer for about 5 minutes, or until pink and just cooked through. Season to taste with the salt and pepper. To serve, generously ladle the jambalaya in a bowl. With an ice cream scoop, place a rounded dollop of the long grain rice in the center and garnish with the sliced scallions.
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