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2008 BMW 3-Series vs. Its Competition

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2-door Convertible 328i Side Exterior View
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The 2008 BMW 3-Series remains the benchmark in the hotly contested field of mid-size sport sedans, though the G35's handling is arguably superior with its very communicative steering response.

Driving dynamics and the aesthetic experience behind the wheel are still 3-Series strengths; it's the best in its field.

The latest C-Class is sportier and a good compromise between performance and comfort, but its interior materials feel skimpy compared to the 2008 BMW 3-Series.

Also peeking inside, the new stunning interior of the new Cadillac CTS ranks at the top, and the A4's interior looks more interesting.

In addition, the Audi A4--an IIHS Top Safety Pick--beats the 3-Series in safety.

And finally, if you're willing to put down a lot more dough, there are more exclusive, high-performance alternatives for most of these sedans--the S4/RS4, CTS-V, IS-F, and C63 AMG--to ponder.

2008 BMW 3-Series 2-door Convertible 328i Side Exterior View2008 BMW 3-Series2009 Audi A42009 Audi A42009 Cadillac CTS RWD w/1SA2009 Cadillac CTS2008 Mercedes Benz C Class 3.0L Sport RWD2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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The 2008 BMW 3-Series sedan has the best overall driving experience in its class and remains the gold standard among mid-size sport sedans.
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The 2009 Audi A4 has grown into a more useful luxury sedan, though it goes overboard with optional, programmable handling.
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The 2009 Cadillac CTS continues to compete with the best from Mercedes and BMW with a distinctly American approach, boasting some of the top tech features in its class.
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More sport, more luxury, and more features for the money make the new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class a more attractive possibility.
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Gas Mileage   
14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas I6Gas I4Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6
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4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak Prestige *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan RWD w/1SA4-Door Sedan 3.0L Luxury RWD
Rear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
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