Car and Driver 10 Best Cars 2010:BMW 3 Series Reprinted from Car and Driver, January 2010
Attacking our 10 Best loop each year in a 3-series gives you the sense that this car has been designed for the sole purpose of oozing along that twisting, cratered section of pavement. There, it has a cohesive fluidity that's unmatched by any of its competitors. But then, the 3 feels similarly sublime on any other stretch of road, too.
From the 230-hp 328i that can achieve 30-plus mpg on the highway to the even thriftier and uncharacteristically responsive diesel to the unforgettable bawl of the M3's screaming 414-hp V-8 at 8400 rpm that gets the 0-to-60-mph job done in just over four seconds, the 3-series range is extremely broad. Body styles consist of coupe, sedan-including the resurrection of a fantastically subtle four-door M3-wagon, and folding-hardtop convertible.
There are faster cars, and ones with more horsepower, but the 3-series has earned a long list of comparison-test victories and now a 19th-consecutive 10Best appearance because of the instant confidence it imparts to the driver, making pushing a little harder completely comfortable.
It's the extraordinary precision and response of the perfectly weighted steering, the smooth predictability of the unwavering chassis, the optional sport seats that adjust and embrace in all the right ways, the slick six-speed manual transmissions, the firm but never harsh ride.
In short, it's the car we'd like to drive every day. And some of us do. Actually, is there any higher praise than the fact that more of our staff has spent their own money to buy a 3-series than any other car?
Dimensions: Wheelbase > 108.7 in Length > 178.8-181.7 in Width > 70.2-71.5 in Height > 54.1-57.0 in Curb weight > 3350-4150 lb
BMW of Monrovia in Monrovia, CA, is proud to offer the legendaryBMW 3 Series to the greater Los Angeles Area . Whether you are shopping for the luxurious BMW 328i or the powerful BMW 335d, our sales team is ready to get you in the seat of your new BMW 3 Series car today! Looking for a four wheel drive vehicle? Grip the road in rain, sleet or snow in the BMW 328xi or 335xi, both of which use BMW's xDrive four wheel drive system. On sunny days, take the top down on your new BMW 328i or 335i convertible!
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