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2011 BMW 3-Series

  • 2011 BMW 3-Series 328i Convertible

    328i Convertible

    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      230/200
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $46,450
  • 2011 BMW 3-Series 328i Coupe

    328i Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      230/200
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $37,650
  • 2011 BMW 3-Series 328i Sedan

    328i Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      230/200
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $34,600
  • 2011 BMW 3-Series 328i Wagon

    328i Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      230/200
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $37,150
  • 2011 BMW 3-Series 328i xDrive Coupe

    328i xDrive Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      230/200
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $39,550
  • 2011 BMW 3-Series 328i xDrive Sedan

    328i xDrive Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      230/200
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $36,600
  • 2011 BMW 3-Series 328i xDrive Wagon

    328i xDrive Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      230/200
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $39,150
  • 2011 BMW 3-Series 335D Sedan

    335D Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      36
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      265/425
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $44,150
  • 2011 BMW 3-Series 335i Convertible

    335i Convertible

    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      300/300
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $52,650
  • 2011 BMW 3-Series 335i Coupe

    335i Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      300/300
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $44,100
  • 2011 BMW 3-Series 335is Convertible

    335is Convertible

    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      320/370
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $59,650
  • 2011 BMW 3-Series 335is Coupe

    335is Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      320/370
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $51,100
  • 2011 BMW 3-Series 335i Sedan

    335i Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      300/300
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $42,050
  • 2011 BMW 3-Series 335i xDrive Coupe

    335i xDrive Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      300/300
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $46,000
  • 2011 BMW 3-Series 335i xDrive Sedan

    335i xDrive Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      300/300
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I6
    • MSRP
      $44,050
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2011 BMW 3-Series Review

Totally covers all the bases in power and performance

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In a Nutshell
The 2011 BMW 3-Series comes as a sedan, coupe, wagon, or convertible with four different engine types paired to three kinds of transmissions -- providing an extensive range of configurations. The 3-Series is powered by a 3.0L I-6, 3.0L turbocharged I-6, or 3.0L diesel I-6, paired to either 6-speed automatic, 6-speed manual, 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission.

No matter what configuration you choose, the 3-Series integrates luxury, utility, and visual aesthetics. The BMW standard safety systems are top notch and most models get the highest safety ratings in government crash tests. EPA fuel economy ratings are in the 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway range.

New for 2011

For 2011, the 335i got the new inline-6 equipped with a single twin-scroll turbocharger, BMW's Valvetronic throttle-less intake technology, High Precision direct fuel injection, and all-aluminum construction. Also, 3-Series coupes received BMW's advanced xDrive all-wheel drive and traction system as an option. What's more, BMW has upgraded its iDrive nav and entertainment system with new graphics and controls.

Essentials

Engines: 3.0L I-6, 3.0L turbocharged I-6, 3.0L diesel I-6
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic, 6-speed manual, 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual
Body Styles: Coupe, sedan, wagon, convertible
Trims: 328i Sedan, 328i Coupe, 328i Convertible, 328i Wagon, 328i xDrive Sedan, 328i xDrive Coupe, 328i xDrive Wagon, 335i Sedan, 335i Coupe, 335i Convertible, 335D Sedan, 335is Coupe, 335is Convertible, 335i xDrive Sedan, 335i xDrive Coupe

On the Outside

Now redesigned tail lights are unique to the 3 Series Coupe and Convertible. In addition, the rear light cluster features two-piece L-shapes and a new color scheme. Also added are a new, broader hood and wider kidney grille.

From the Inside

While there are no dramatic changes to the interior of the 3-Series, a variety of wood and aluminum trim packages are available at no extra cost. Also, you can select from leatherette or Dakota leather in a variety of colors.

Driving Performance

The 3-Series I-6 engine, in either naturally aspirated or turbo versions, is now more responsive, more fuel efficient, and cleaner-running than ever before, while keeping the horsepower and torque the same as in 2010 (300/300). The non-turbo 3.0 liter also stayed the same and is rated at 230 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque.

Safety Equipment

For 2011, the two-stage adaptive brake lights on the 3-Series gained an increase in intensity during a full ABS stop. Standard safety equipment includes driver and passenger front airbags, frontal side impact bags, front and rear head curtain bags, traction control, and stability control.

Gas Mileage

328i: 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway
328i convertible: 17-18 mpg city/33 mpg highway
328i sports wagon: 17-18 mpg city/26-27 mpg highway
328i sports wagon xDrive: 17 mpg city/25mpg highway
335i: 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway
335i convertible: 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway
335D: 23 mpg city/36 mpg highway

Plusses

  • Outstanding performance
  • Wide variety of configurations
  • Adequate interior space

Minuses

  • Price tag

Rating

Totally covers all the bases in power and performance

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