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BMW 335i (2012)

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Although the BMW 3 Series is by far their biggest seller, and undoubtedly a legend, BMW knows that you can’t stand still if you want to stay ahead of the pack. BMW 3 Series owners have told BMW repeatedly “don’t mess with a good thing.” You can imagine these words reaching the team of designers who created the new 2012 BMW 3 Series.

The good news is, they only made it better. For 2012, the BMW 3 Series sedan has been redesigned. Some of the noticeable changes are the headlights, more interior space, and new fuel saving engine and transmission combinations. The styling defiantly draws from the 5 series, which is a good thing. The rest of the 3 Series lineup remain relatively unchanged, for now.

The new 3 Series has fuel saving chassis upgrades in the form of electric power steering, the extensive use of weight saving aluminum, and stop-start technology.

My test 335i The 3 series sedan has 18-inch wheels, heated front and rear seats,blind spot warning, lane departure warning, park distance control, auto dimming xenon headlights, Bluetooth phone, the BMW iDrive interface, premium audio with AM/FM/SAT/CD/HD radio, iPod/USB connectivity, sunroof, and comfortable eight-way power seats.

The 335i has a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder that produces 300 hp and is mated to either a six-speed manual, or and automatic.

 

Style: Mid Size Luxury Sorts Sedan

Engine: 300 HP in line 6

Transmission: 6 Spd MT

Highest MPG City/MPG Highway: 20/20 for the MT

Trim Designations: Luxury, Sport and Modern

Base Price: $42,400 As Tested: $54,745

What I Liked: Performance and MPG

What I Would Change: Real Cupholders?

Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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