Superb balance of handling and ride quality without compromise
Always the benchmark by which other cars are compared
Active and passive safety features
Best value in its class
Interior design is its weakest point
Cost of options get expensive quickly
Complicated iDrive system
Ruling: The BMW 3 Series emphasizes performance and continues to lead the pack with intuitive handling, powerful motors , and a functional interior that is comfortable for short and long trips.
Since debuting in the year 1975, more than 12 million customers worldwide have purchased a BMW 3 Series. BMW's goal for the 3 Series was to develop a compact and elegant body design, modern and efficient engines, a classic rear-wheel drive concept and a sporty suspension setup. The result was a maximum degree of driving dynamics and agility. In addition, BMW designed the high-performance sports sedan BMW M3.
Surprising cost cutting and sub-par quality for a $46,000 car
Verdict: If you love to drive aggressively, the 3 Series will reward you with an incredible engine and fantastic handling that gets better the harder you push it. What other car seats 4, rips 0-60 in around 5 seconds, and handles as if on rails for less than $50,000? Given that criteria, it is hard to beat. And if you like the concept of a “sleeper” that can out –run 90% of the cars out there, it’s very appealing.