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2011
logo OVERALL RATING 8
out of 10

Fast, nimble, attractive, and well-made, the 2011 BMW 3-Series is an excellent range of luxury coupes, sedans, wagons, and convertibles. As with any car, however, some compromises have to be made. Despite its limitations, MotorAuthority rates the 2011 BMW 3-Series an 8.

An updated range of engines for 2011 sees the old twin-turbo dropped in favor of a single dual-scroll turbo on forced induction models, plus the addition of the 335is models, which uses a higher-performance version of the older twin-turbo engine. A diesel 335d is available in sedan form only, offering 265 horsepower and an impressive 36 mpg highway. The M3 takes performance to the extreme, with a high-revving 4.0-liter, 414-horsepower V-8 engine and optional dual-clutch transmission.

Handling is a strong suit for the entire 3-Series range, with even entry-level 328i models offering plenty of fun, spirited drives. The M3 goes to the next level, with a firm ride that some may find stiff, but rewarding the tolerant with precision and feedback that set the benchmark for the midsize performance luxury sedan segment.

Comfort is a strong suit of the entire 3-Series range from the front seat, though rear-seat room suffers even in the sedan and wagon models. Interior storage space isn't abundant, either, an issue more cumbersome in coupe and convertible versions. The interior is largely well-made and elegant, tending toward conservative design and largely avoiding gaudiness.

Safety scores for the 2011 3-Series aren't perfect, but it does perform well in crash tests, and offers many active and passive safety features.

For more on the 2011 BMW 3-series, read TheCarConnection's full review here.

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Specs: Select a Trim

2-Door Convertible (4) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
328i Specs $46,450 $42,735 18 28
335i Specs $52,650 $48,440 19 28
335is Specs $59,650 $54,880 18 26
SULEV 328i Specs $46,450 $42,735 18 28
2-Door Coupe AWD (3) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
328i xDrive Specs $39,550 $36,385 17 25
335i xDrive Specs $46,000 $42,320 19 26
SULEV 328i xDrive Specs $39,550 $36,385 17 25
2-Door Coupe RWD (4) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
328i Specs $37,650 $34,640 18 28
335i Specs $44,100 $40,570 19 28
335is Specs $51,100 $47,010 18 26
SULEV 328i Specs $37,650 $34,640 18 28
4-Door Sedan AWD (2) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
328i xDrive Specs $36,600 $33,670 17 25
335i xDrive Specs $44,050 $40,525 19 26
4-Door Sedan AWD South Africa (2) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
328i xDrive Specs $36,600 $33,670 17 25
335i xDrive Specs $44,050 $40,525 19 26
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV (2) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
328i xDrive Specs $36,600 $33,670 17 25
South Africa 328i xDrive Specs $36,600 $33,670 17 25
4-Door Sedan RWD (3) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
328i Specs $34,600 $31,830 18 28
335d Specs $44,150 $40,620 23 36
335i Specs $42,050 $38,685 19 28
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa (2) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
328i Specs $34,600 $31,830 18 28
335i Specs $42,050 $38,685 19 28
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV (2) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
328i Specs $34,600 $31,830 18 28
South Africa 328i Specs $34,600 $31,830 18 28
4-Door Sports Wagon (2) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
AWD 328i xDrive Specs $39,150 $36,020 17 25
RWD 328i Specs $37,150 $34,180 17 26
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