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Used Car: 2013 BMW 3-Series Review

Review Last Updated: 8/18/14

Critics were impressed with the 2013 BMW 3-Series’ agility and powerful engines, though some were also frustrated with its complicated infotainment system.

The base BMW 320i sedan comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The 328i sedan has a more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and most test drivers were very pleased with its spirited acceleration and excellent fuel economy. The 335i has a turbocharged six-cylinder engine, and reviewers agreed that it is feels incredibly powerful. The 2013 BMW 3-Series sedan is available with a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. Coupe and convertible models are based on the previous generation 3-Series and have a different engine lineup, including the high-performance, V8-powered M3. According to the EPA, the 328i sedan gets 23/33 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. The 320i is even more efficient at up to 24/36 mpg. Test drivers reported that the 3-Series has stellar, balanced handling, with quick cornering reflexes and a composed ride. A few critics pointed out that the coupe and convertible have more communicative steering than the sedan.

Test drivers were pleased with the top quality of the 2013 BMW 3-Series’ interior materials. Reviewers noted that both the front and rear seats in the 3-Series sedan are spacious, though some wished that leather upholstery was standard. The sedan’s trunk size is about average for an upscale midsize car. Standard features in the 2013 BMW 3-Series include Bluetooth, a USB/iPod interface and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a moonroof, navigation, satellite radio, a head-up display, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, parallel parking assist and a rearview camera. Automotive journalists wrote that it takes too many steps to make simple adjustments using the iDrive system.

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The 2013 Audi A4 gets good fuel economy for the class, and critics were very impressed with its attractive, well-built interior. Unlike the 3-Series, the A4 comes standard with leather upholstery and a moonroof.

Test drivers liked the powerful V6 engine in the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C350, and they noted that most models in the C-Class lineup have a comfortable ride and composed handling. Reviewers also appreciated the C-Class’ luxurious and attractive cabin.

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