Car and Driver 10 Best Cars 2013:BMW 3 Series Reprinted from Car and Driver, 2013
Regular readers of this publication may have felt inklings or heard the notion that we have a certain fondness for the 3-series, as we've lofted it to this list now for 22 years in a row. This being a transition year for the model, the F30 sedan stands alone as the winner, without support from the rest of the lineup.
Recent comparison and road tests suggest that we haven't gone ga-ga for the F30 as we did its predecessors, but it nevertheless delivers one of the best overall packages on the market. Two turbocharged engines offer improved fuel economy while the inline-six in the 335i maintains nearly undetectable NVH levels.
The body and interior may have grown slightly, but that imposes little or no weight penalty. Front seats are comfortable and supportive, and the back seat is adult friendly. There's virtually no performance gap between the six-speed manual and the eight-speed automatic. With five equipment lines to choose from (base, Modern, Luxury, Sport, and M Sport), the 3's appeal has expanded to reach a larger audience without breaking its grip on the sports-sedan segment.
Many would-be challengers have benchmarked this winning formula, and some even match or beat it in one way or another, but they all fall short of the gestalt. The F30 is just getting started, too?a hotly anticipated M3 version slides into view next year.
2010 BMW 3 Series: Tech Specs
Vehicle Type: front-engine, rear- or 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
Base Price: $37,395?$45,695 Fuel Economy: 20?24/28?34 mpg
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Dimensions: Wheelbase > 110.6 in Length > 182.5 in Width > 71.3 in Height > 56.3 in Curb weight > 3450?3750 lb
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