The BMW 3 Series Sedan 2011 is another best from Bavarian Motors. Our ranking is based on various published reviews and the data available on official BMW website. If you are looking for a family sedan that emphasizes performance, then BMW 3 Series Sedan is a perfect car. If you are looking for a smooth luxury drive, then it is a perfect car for you. BMW 3 Series Sedan is a perfect entry level sedan that provides luxury drive and good performance. BMW 3 Series is a famous car among buyers even with strong competition and so many different choices. BMW 3 Series has a long history of successful performance and trust among auto critics.
If you start reading the reviews about BMW 3 Series, it is hard to find negative one. BMW 3 Series sedan is in our top pick under the upscale midsize car category. It is an all-rounder car that will match all your requirements. The new design is specially crafted for aerodynamic performance and a luxury drive. BMW 3 Series is powered by powerful engine, crocked suspension, which is perfect for daily driving. It makes BMW 3 Series Sedan fun to drive car, but you have to compromise luxury car elements.
BMW 3 Series Sedan might exceed your budget, but if you are a hardcore BMW fan, then you cannot look around. Buyers looking for affordable upscale sedan have to look somewhere else. With price starting from $34,025 for the base model, it is not even near other competing cars. Price maybe the only negative thing you find about BMW 3 Series. If you need AWD, that will also cost you extra $2,000. You might need an automatic transmission? Prepare another $1,375. The price goes higher and higher when adding different options. However, it is also marketed for the buyers with different taste.
BMW 3 Series is also a bestselling car for BMW. And from past 19 years it is voted as the best sedan. BMW 3 Series sedan will meet all your requirements. For 2011, BMW 3 Series new engine has a same power, is more fuel efficient. There are new two models available for 2011, 335is coupe and convertible.
BMW 3 Series Sedan Price;
Average Paid: $32,665 – $56,779, MSRP: $33,650 – $58,700, Invoice: $30,960 – $54,005
BMW 3 Series Sedan Ratings;
BMW 3 Series Performance: 4.8 (Very Good)
BMW 3 Series Exterior: 4.6 (Very Good)
BMW 3 Series Interior: 4.5 (Very Good)
BMW 3 Series Safety: 5.0 (Excellent)
BMW 3 Series Reliability: 4.4 (Good)
Power & Performance
Buyers who are attracted towards BMW, usually looking for high performing cars and no other competitor offer the performance like BMW 3 Series. BMW 3 Series Sedan is a rear wheel drive with impressing performance oriented drive. It features options of three powerful engines and specially tuned suspension to give you advance handling. Buick Regal has impressed many reviewers, but no one surpassed the BMW 3 Series. However, all these extra features come with good price. It is a perfect entry level sports sedan and only Buick comes close to the competition, but Buick brand is very weak in comparison with BMW. You can choose from three different engines, and each engine is special in its own way.
BMW 3 Series comes with 3.0 liter inline 6 cylinder engine on 328 models, which is very powerful. Other manufacturers mainly depend on V6 engine, but not BMW. The engine produces 230 horsepower and 200 lb ft of torque and fuel economy is estimated 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg highway. On the other hand, the AWD option has the fuel economy of 17 mpg city and 26 mpg on highway. The 335 model uses the same engine, but turbocharger is added to boost the power. This engine produces 300 horsepower and 300 pound feet of torque. Surprisingly, the fuel economy in turbo charged engine is improved with 19 mpg in city and 28 mpg on highway. If you are still not satisfied you can choose the twin turbo diesel option. It makes whooping 425 pound feet of torque with 23 mpg city and 36 mpg highway fuel economy.
BMW 3 Series comes with a standard six speed manual transmission, and you can also choose automatic transmission with or without paddle shifters in all the models. When it comes to handling, there is no other car competing with BMW. BMW has the reputation of excellent tight cornering. The 2011 BMW 3 Series have more improved cornering abilities even at high speed. The braking performance of 3 Series is also very impressing, which includes a unique system that wipes rotors dry when windshield wipers are activated in wet conditions.
Interior & Exterior
If we compare the interior with overall offering by BMW 3 Series, it is worth the money. You cannot underestimate BMW 3 Series interior, which offers high quality material, hi-tech gadgets, and luxury finish. However, you have to sacrifice on space for performance because back seat space is not appraised by reviewers. There are no complaints about iDrive system because most of the buyers are getting used to it. There is no match for 2011 BMW 3 Series front seats. The front seats offer standard leatherette with the luxurious and comfortable feel. The rear seats are also comfortable, but lack space.
The design and interior resemble with sports cars, but it is an entry level sedan. You cannot complain about the materials used in BMW 3 Series. The price paid by the buyers is justified by high quality material offering. Without talking too much about the BMW iDrive system, which has been criticized by many reviewers, 3 Series leads the category. The trunk space is below average if we compare it with other vehicles in the class. It offers 12 cubic feet of space and 11 cubic feet space in coupes. BMW 3 Series design gives a sporty look and the reason for less storage space.
Safety & Reliability
The 2011 BMW 3 Series is a safest car to drive with all the safety features included. However, there is not crash test data available. If you compare the 2010 BMW 3 Series, which is mechanically a similar car, has received high ratings. Based on the past safety records, BMW 3 Series receives highest ratings in all the tests. There are many standard features like standard stability control, frontal airbags, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, and 3 Series can run on flat tires. There is a unique safety feature that wipes out brake rotors in wet conditions when you turn on wipers. Brake assists system automatically pulls the brake pads closer to wheel, whenever you release the accelerator. It helps in an instant braking in case of emergency.
BMW 3 Series comes with four year or 50,000 miles warranty. BMW 3 Series is the reliable car to drive, and it is the most selling vehicle of BMW. BMW also offers routine maintenance and roadside assistance. The program also covers different wear and tear items. It is best to test drive the 2011 BMW 3 Series; contact your local car dealer for prices and test drive.
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