Though the coupe, convertible, and M3 lag behind the all-new sedan for 2013, the BMW 3-Series continues to be one of the best buys in the mid-size luxury sport sedan segment, with capable performance and a full feature set that matches and frequently beats competitors like the Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C Class, Cadillac ATS, and Lexus IS.
When introduced, the new F30 3-Series sedan received something of a lukewarm greeting, looking quite a bit like the E90 it replaced, though with updates across all of the body work and, most noticeably, throughout the interior. A larger greenhouse, more sculpted exterior styling, and a wider-looking front end characterize the newest 3-Series sedan.
Engines for the updated 3-Series sedan include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine rated at 240 horsepower in the 328i and a 300-horsepower, 3.0-liter turbocharged in-line six in the 335i. Both are available with a choice of six-speed manual or a Steptronic automatic transmissions. Rear-wheel...