2015 BMW 3-Series Features

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Features

The 2015 BMW 3-Series covers an incredibly wide range of features, options, body styles, and appearance packages, but between all of them, there's one unifying thread: owners are those who enjoy driving.

The 3-Series comes in a wide variety of body styles including sedan, wagon, or hatchback. Base models are equipped well with automatic climate control, ambient lighting, dynamic cruise control, moonroof, AM/FM/XM/CD and satellite radio with Bluetooth and USB connectivity.

Pricing can be daunting, but the bright side is that a wide range of a la carte options means you can essentially build your own.

Gran Turismo and ActiveHybrid 3 models are equipped similarly, but the latter includes a hybrid-specific display, special 18-inch wheels, and can't be ordered with active cruise control. (Sport options aren't available on hybrid models either.)

Opting for 335i models adds bigger 18-inch wheels, power adjustable front seats, and adaptive headlights.

A number of packages, like the Luxury Line package or Sport package, can significantly change the look of the vehicle through trim changes. And if you want something more, the M Sport line adds special 18-inch BMW M wheels, a sport suspension, an M steering wheel, and an aerodynamic package, plus Aluminum Hexagon interior trim and an anthracite headliner.&

Through a very long list of a la carte options, you can add performance items like variable sport steering and the Adaptive M suspension, plus items such as rear sunshades and upgraded wheels. But beware; dip into the options list for the 3-Series and you can raise the price by many thousands.

For those who appreciate in-car tech, there's plenty to splurge on. We think that the cold-weather package's useful heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, and headlight washers are a good deal for cold-weather shoppers. The head-up display relays useful information onto the windshield, and the parking assistance package adds more cameras for a surround-view camera look and front and rear parking sensors. Advanced safety is always a help, and BMW's blind-spot monitors and lane-departure warning systems would be helpful for any driver.

BMW's iDrive rotary controller now includes an integral touch pad in models with navigation. You can trace out individual letters on the controller, and the nav system has real-time traffic information and 3D topo maps—a feature that can help when you're road-tripping through mountains.

BMW's app integration system can stream music from an iPhone, but costs $250 for the smartphone holder.

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