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.
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|2008 BMW 3-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2009 Audi A4Browse Used Listings||2009 Cadillac CTSBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mercedes-Benz C ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I6||Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas/Ethanol V6|
|4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV||4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak Prestige *Ltd Avail*||4-Door Sedan RWD w/1SA||4-Door Sedan 3.0L Luxury RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
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|2008 BMW 3-Series vs. 2009 Audi A4||2008 BMW 3-Series vs. 2009 Cadillac CTS||2008 BMW 3-Series vs. 2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class|