BMW 3 Series

BMW 3 Series

About BMW 3 Series

Think of an entry-level luxury sedan and the BMW 3 Series will probably come to mind. With over 40 years of history, this compact sports sedan has cemented itself in the psyche of aspirational buyers. In that time it has grown in power, stature and efficiency, and now boasts a vast lineup. From an all-wheel-drive sedan to a sports wagon, Gran Turismo hatchback, plug-in hybrid and the tarmac-eating M3, there's a 3 Series for every buyer. The 2016 3 Series remains a sporty, versatile and efficient luxury car with instant badge appeal, but sophisticated rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Cadillac ATS and Audi A4 are right on the BMW's tail or – depending on your preferences – ahead of its twin-kidney grille.

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2016 BMW 3 Series
What's new for 2016?
2016 BMW 3 Series

The 2016 BMW 3 Series lineup expands again with the 330e, the first plug-in hybrid 3 Series. It effectively replaces the ActiveHybrid. Also new is the 340i, with a fresh 6-cylinder engine. The rest of the lineup receives redesigned electric power steering and chassis enhancements that include new front struts.

2015 BMW 3 Series
What's new for 2015?
2015 BMW 3 Series

The biggest news is the 2015 BMW M3, a 425-horsepower high-performance model that forgoes some luxury coddling in the name of going fast. The rest of the BMW 3 Series lineup gets a few minor tweaks, with standard Bluetooth audio streaming being the most noteworthy.

2014 BMW 3 Series
What's new for 2014?
2014 BMW 3 Series

Two-door versions of the latest 3 Series platform are set to arrive in showrooms later this year under the new 4 Series designation. In addition, a new 4-door hatchback variant dubbed the Gran Turismo joins the roster.

2013 BMW 3 Series
What's new for 2013?
2013 BMW 3 Series

At nearly $3,300 less than the previously entry-level 328i, the new 320i gives BMW a lower entry point for the 3-Series without compromising its luxury pretentions. Other noteworthy additions for 2013 include available xDrive AWD and a new ActiveHybrid model, which teams a 55-hp electric motor with the TwinPower turbo-6 for a combined 335 horsepower and a modest boost in fuel efficiency.

2012 BMW 3 Series
What's new for 2012?
2012 BMW 3 Series

While near the end of its product cycle, the 3 Series received a number of visual and functional updates in 2011. To that end, the existing models benefit from little more than fine-tuning. Notably, as of 2012 the M3 4-door is no more; this is a 3 Series variant those wanting to travel at 150 mph (with their kids) will certainly miss. Going forward, the new sedan makes its debut first, after which BMW will fill in the coupe, convertible and wagon gaps.

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