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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...

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