...According to the EPA, fuel economy is an estimated 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. The wagon and/or all-wheel-drive models are a smidge worse. The 335i features a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 that produces 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. It gets the same transmission choices as the 328i. Although this engine is new, its power numbers are the same as before, so we doubt its 0-60 times would be much different than the approximate 5-plus-second times we recorded in the past. Fuel economy is now actually slightly better than the less powerful 328i, at 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway...
...The latest generation of BMW's knob-based iDrive controller — introduced last year — is vastly improved over earlier iDrives and comes with an optional navigation system in the 335is. Otherwise, cabin materials aren't anything special; in this segment, Cadillac and Audi have better overall quality inside. In its current form since the 2006 model year, the 3 Series' cabin is showing its age. Some may find the highly bolstered sport seats in the 335is constraining, and their manually adjustable thigh supports leave a gap in the seat cushions that's certain to attract crumbs and...
...Critiquing BMW's 3 Series can spell doom for a reviewer, as you’re bucking both consumer and critical opinion in general – but that doesn’t mean the 2011 3 Series is perfect.
...Single-turbo 335i engine makes 300 hp and 300 pounds-feet of torque Twin-turbo 335is engine makes 320 hp and 332 pounds-feet of torque Six-speed manual gearbox standard Six-speed automatic transmission optional on 335i New seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission optional on 335is Optional all-wheel drive Safety Convertibles are not available with side curtain airbags like the coupe and sedan. Convertibles do get side airbag head extensions. Safety features include: Antilock brakes Electronic stability system Side curtain airbags (not available on convertible) Side-impact airbags...
Source: MSN Autos
...It is one of the most engaging cars to drive and is certainly the best-handling vehicle of its size. It changes directions willingly, hugs the road like a vacuum cleaner, maintains tenacious grip in turns and stops with confidence.The standard steering is heavy but quick, and it provides lots of feedback. The available Active Steering is quicker at low speeds and slower at high speeds, making it easier to perform parking lot maneuvers and keeping the car stable at speed.For even more handling prowess, BMW offers a Sport package (standard on coupes and the 335is variant) with tighter...
...while coupes and convertibles seat four. iDrive, available only with an optional navigation system, is BMW's latest and best version, revamped with better graphics, more shortcut keys and improved menu functionality. Interior features include: Push-button ignition Standard automatic climate control Optional navigation system with iDrive Optional adaptive cruise control can gently apply the brakes to maintain a preset speed Standard HD radio Under the Hood The base engine is a naturally aspirated 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder. Features include: 230 horsepower, 200 pounds-feet of torque...
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