2013 BMW 3 Series Review

The 2013 BMW 3-Series soldiers on as a paragon of the mid-size luxury class, a leader in handling and prestige, and a follower in infotainment. The four-doors continue to be a benchmark for performance across the board, though Cadillac's new ATS has intruded on that territory in a huge, deep way. The coupes and convertibles? They're still more status symbols than anything. As such, we'll focus here on the new sedan.

While the 3-Series grew slightly larger for the 2012 model year, and added advanced-tech options from the 5- and 7-Series, it keeps its responsive powertrains, phenomenal agility and dynamic balance, and the driver’s seat thrills that earned it so much respect.

If you're looking at the sedans, the 3-Series goes to an all-turbocharged lineup (and it gets confusing here as the model numbers no longer correspond to engine size): The 328i comes with a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the 335i gets the latest N55 version of BMW’s 3.0-liter in-line six. The 328i’s four makes 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, while the six in the 335i makes 300 hp and 300 lb-ft. Both engines have twin-scroll turbocharging to deliver boost very quickly—so quickly that you probably won’t guess that they’re turbos. In manual-transmission form, they get to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds with the manual transmission—only 0.3 faster than the 335i—and they churn out the torque in the low-to-mid rev range, where it matters to feel perky with an automatic transmission.

Jul 28th, 2014