Used Car: 2013 BMW 3-Series Review
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.
Other Cars to Consider
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.