2016 BMW 3 Series Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on February 18, 2016 9:36 AM

A Driving Legend

The BMW 3 Series isn't just the best-selling car in its class, it's the best-selling luxury car in the country. A legend in its own time and the very embodiment of the modern sport sedan, the 3 Series still offers a brand of driving feel that remains positively unmatched in the segment. Even as the category grows sportier and sportier, the 3 Series remains the obvious choice for driving connoisseurs.

The 3 Series lineup also offers the most choice in the category, whether you prefer the 3 Series or the 4 Series coupe and convertible. The 3 Series is available in sedan, wagon and 5-door Gran Turismo body styles, with rear- or all-wheel drive, and with a choice of six powerplants, including plug-in hybrid (new for 2016) and diesel alternatives. 

But the most popular 3 Series remains a rear-drive 328i sedan.

Behind the Wheel

"All 2016 BMW 3 Series put a focus on driving pleasure, a trait that puts them at or near the top of the segment in terms of ride and handling. The 240-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engine is powerful and efficient, and will more than satisfy most drivers." Find more driving impressions in our 2016 BMW 3 Series full review.

Owners' Insight

KBB.com reader and 3 Series owner Dream reaper offered this helpful insight: "On the positive side, the car has exceptional build quality, a rigid chassis, powerful turbo charged 4 cylinder engine, and once the turbo gets spooled up, this thing runs like a hungry cheetah! On the down side, every option comes a la carte and at a premium cost." Read more BMW 3 Series consumer reviews.

Starting Around $34,000

The 2016 BMW 3 Series lineup starts around $34,000 and tops out at over $65,000 for the 335i Gran Turismo. Build and price your own 2016 BMW 3 Series to unlock this week's Fair Purchase Price for your area and compare its 5-Year Cost to Own with the competition.

More Small Luxury Sedans

The 3 Series is indeed a legend, but it's not the right choice for everyone. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is more relaxed, the Audi A4 is more stylish inside, and both the Lexus IS and Infiniti Q50 offer more features for the money. Visit our Small Luxury Sedan Buyer's Guide to become an instant expert on all your options.


 

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