2011 BMW 3-Series

2011 BMW 3-Series

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.BMW’s 3-Series has become a legend in its own time because of its sporting dynamics, trim proportions and reasonably affordable price. BMW has modestly upgraded its E90 3-Series — which is BMW-speak for the fifth generation of a lineup that dates back to the late-1970s — now with a new engine option, revisions to the exterior and an upgraded iDrive system.

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BMW 3-Series (2011)
About this Vehicle

Trim: 2011 BMW 3 Series 328i

MSRP: $ 33,650

Engine: 3L I6

Transmission: Automatic Drivetrain: RWD

Fuel Type: Gas

Curb Weight: 3,362 lbs.

Review

The BMW 3 Series is regarded as one of the most popular series of luxury cars on the road today. The 3 Series sedan is considered the luxury sedan of choice, year after year, in auto reviews. With a slight face lift and some engine modifications, the 2011 BMW 3 Series is now available for sale. Read on for the results of our road test of the new 3 Series sedan.

Performance

Like most auto manufacturers, BMW is aiming to make fuel economy and overall efficiency a priority, and the 2011 3 Series group is no different. In fact, BMW has a program called Efficient Dynamics that’s expected to be a leading part of the fuel-efficiency push in the auto industry. Thanks to that gas-sipping technology, the 2011 BMW 3 Series lineup now offers an N55 model that is more fuel-efficient and cleaner-burning than its predecessors. Other models should still achieve the 18/28 mpg city/highway rating of the 2010 model. The engine in the 328i remains the same for 2011, but places a single, twin-scroll turbocharger engine with 300 horsepower in the 335i model. All 3 Series models have 0-60 times of around five seconds. Handling and braking are solid, with a six-speed manual drivetrain standard and a six-speed auto optional.

Exterior and Interior Features

BMW made only a few cosmetic changes to the 3 Series for 2011. Auto reviews refer to the design changes as a «facelift.» The 2011 BMW is longer and slightly higher than the previous model. 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. See photos of the 2011 3 Series in our gallery.

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