2013 BMW M3 vs. Its Competition

2013 BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The Cadillac CTS-V is in an entirely different performance class, with more than 140 extra horsepower, but it's very close to the M3's price, so those without a particular brand affinity and with a hankering for even more thrust might want to give the Caddy a look.

Lexus' IS F offers similar power in a slightly heavier package, without quite as refined dynamics or street comfort, but it does feature styling and equipment all its own.

The Mercedes-Benz C Class doesn't really offer any competition to the M3 until you get to the C63 AMG, but once you do, you're looking at a bona fide alternative--it really is an equally excellent sports coupe, though in somewhat different ways.

Audi's S4 is less powerful and about the same weight as the M3, though the S4's weight distribution isn't as well-balanced.

The S4's exterior and, especially, interior design are more refined and elegant, however, so those not concerned as much with absolute performance as with an all-around package might not mind the dynamic deficiencies.

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Quick Specs
Despite its relative age, weight, and complexity, the 2013 BMW M3 is still a very satisfying dual-purpose street and track-capable car.
If you're looking for Corvette fun wrapped in Cadillac luxury and comfort, with an added dose of practicality, the 2013 CTS-V is your answer.
For those who are image-conscious yet value-conscious, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class sedans and coupes make a lot of sense.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Supercharged Gas V6Supercharged Gas V8Gas V8Turbocharged Gas I4
EPA Class    
Subcompact CarsCompact CarsSmall Station WagonSub-CompactCompact
Style Name    
2-Door Coupe4-Door Sedan Manual Premium Plus5-Door WagonF 4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan C 250 Sport RWD
Rear Wheel DriveAll wheel driveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
CoupeSedan5 Door WagonSedan4 Door Sedan
ManualManualManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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