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Reviewed by Nelson Ireson
Senior Editor, The Car Connection
Quick Take
The 2011 BMW 3-Series continues the tradition of excellent handling, brisk performance, and high quality, though its relatively compact size does result in some compromises. Read more »
Decision Guide
Opinions from around the Web

Its styling is still a matter of taste—interior and exterior.

Car and Driver »

Classic analog gauges, sensible ergonomics and a restrained overall aesthetic combine to create a pleasant driving environment, though there's less visual pizzazz here than in some rivals.

Edmunds »

The 335i nails the folding-hardtop mission too. The power top moves quickly, and when it's folded you'd hardly know where it's gone. The rear deck is low and rakish, despite all that hidden metal (more magic). The Lexus [IS 350C] looks positively frumpy in comparison.

Motor Trend »

New exterior features include horizontal chrome blades, LED lighting in the front and the rear, a lifted back end, new bumpers, and new rocker panels and sideview mirrors.

Automobile.com »

It's tough to make a wagon look sporty, but BMW manages to do just that.

Cars.com »
Pricing and Specifications by Style
$34,600 $59,650
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i
Gas Mileage 18 mpg City/28 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas I6, 3.0L
EPA Class Compact
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car
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8.4 out of 10
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The Basics:

With updated engines and an all-new 335is model, the 2011 BMW 3-Series improves on its formula of luxurious performance.

The 2011 BMW 3-Series is a sporty midsize luxury car available in coupe, sedan, and convertible models. It competes primarily with the Audi A4/A5 family, Infiniti G37, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, each offering a different take on the concept of a luxury midsize sports vehicle.

The 2011 3-Series goes on sale toward the end of the summer and sits between the 1-Series and 5-Series in BMW's range. The core of the range is built around 328i, 335i, and 335is models, with both rear- and all-wheel-drive models available. It starts at a base price of $33,100 for the sedan.


  • Superb six-cylinder engines
  • Intuitive handling
  • Comfortable, functional interior
  • Active and passive safety features
  • Fuel-efficient smaller engines


  • Prices soar quickly with options
  • Clutch can be tricky on manual
  • iDrive system is complex, fussy
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