A Driving Legend

A legend in its own time and the very embodiment of the modern sport sedan, the BMW 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 and diesel alternatives. For those who want the most track-ready, high-performance version of BMW's small sedan and coupe, there's the BMW M3 and BMW M4, both powered by a 425-horsepower inline-six.

Behind the Wheel

"Above every other aspect, the 2018 BMW 3 Series sedan, hatchback and wagon place an emphasis on driving pleasure. It’s been the brand’s calling card for nearly four decades and neither time nor technology has gotten in the way. Speed and agility are standard on every model, and even the base 320i with only 180 horsepower can hit 60 mph in 7.1 seconds." Find more driving impressions in our 2018 BMW 3 Series full review.

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Owners' Insights

KBB.com reader and 3 Series owner BigBlockBMW had this to say about the BMW: "The turbo 4 cylinder amazes me every time I drive it. I have owned powerful muscle cars and this has an amazing amount of torque for a 4 cylinder. Mash the gas pedal and it goes. Drive it sensibly and it gets great mileage. If there is a criticism it is, as others have stated, the electronics. Things that should be standard are only included in hard-to-understand packages." Read more BMW 3 Series consumer reviews.

Starting Around $36,000

The 2018 BMW 3 Series lineup starts below $36,000 for the 320i and tops out at about $65,000 for the 340i xDrive. Build and price your own 2018 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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