2016 BMW 3-series Sedan

Jan 23rd
Here’s how we see it: BMW tempered the driving character of the current 3-series in its quest for a broader audience. We’ve been vocal about this, and BMW has been listening. But maybe not closely enough. While a host of updates address some of our gripes and improve the car’s performance, the 3’s previously sublime tactility—that unquantifiable element that made…
2017 BMW 3-series Sedan

Jan 17th
The battle for the soul of BMW rages on, although one side is clearly winning: those driving the company toward mainstream appeal in its core models as well as futurists who advocate for electric cars, increased hybridization, and across-the-board adoption of semi-autonomous driving systems. The other side is aligned with BMW’s once-granitic core, the Ultimate Driving Machine faithful, dedicated to…
2016 BMW 3-series Sedan

Jan 10th
BMW forged its reputation with fun-to-drive sports sedans, especially compact ones like the 3-series, a regular on our annual 10Best Cars list for much of three decades. But recently, BMW has also become good at certain things beyond that core competency. Fuel-efficiency. All-wheel drive. Ride smoothness. High-zoot luxury and technology. So when our West Coast bureau picked up this handsome…
2016 BMW 3-series Sedan

Dec 11th
The latest, F30-generation BMW 3-series hasn’t exactly lived up to its reputation as the archetypal luxury sedan for enthusiasts. Increasingly competent and sportier competition from brands such as Audi, Cadillac, and Lexus is partly to blame. But the distinctive behind-the-wheel personality has also become muddled as BMW chases a wider audience for its keystone sedan. While a host of modest,…