2017 BMW 3 Series Buyer's Guide

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. 

For 2017, the 3 Series gets a new 4-cylinder engine in the 330i -- a new model that replaces the 328i -- and an all-new 6-cylinder engine powers the new 340i, which replaces the 335i.

Behind the Wheel

"Every 2017 BMW 3 Series focuses on driving pleasure. It’s a trait that puts them at or near the top of the segment in terms of ride and handling. They’re all fast and fun to drive." Find more driving impressions in our 2017 BMW 3 Series full review.

Owners' Insight

KBB.com reader and 3 Series owner AD2677 had this to say about the BMW: "It tracks true and doesn't require any corrections to maintain a true line of travel. Electronic steering is not as good as hydraulic but that's expected. It will be years before they get it just right. The car feels solid and there are no squeaks or rattles of any kind." Read more BMW 3 Series consumer reviews.

Starting Around $34,000

The 2017 BMW 3 Series lineup starts around $34,000 for the 320i and tops out at over $69,000 for the 340i xDrive. (If you're eyeing the BMW M3, pricing starts at about $65,000.) Build and price your own 2017 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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