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2013 BMW 3-Series 335 i

2013 BMW 3-Series Review

(0 Stars)  The benchmark sport sedan.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
The new 3-series sedan arrived in late 2011, and now comes the new wagon, all-wheel drive (for the sedan and wagon), and the first-ever 3-series hybrid, the ActiveHybrid 3. The new 3-series coupe and convertible will make their debut during 2013 and might switch to a new, 4-series designation, the better to justify their price premium.
Overview
The BMW 3-series has epitomized the sport sedan for about as long as the genre has existed. It’s unlikely that another car has been benchmarked as often—and no wonder. The 3-series, in any of its many iterations, is extraordinarily entertaining to drive. Its firm, sporty chassis marries exhilarating handling and a supple ride. Now there is a new-generation 3-series, and it faithfully upholds the family tradition. The redesigned, sixth-generation 328i and 335i have arrived—in sedan and wagon form. (The previous coupe and convertible continue; they, too, will be replaced during 2013.) The biggest change is in the 328i, where the iconic straight six has been kicked out in favor of a turbo four—as it has elsewhere in the BMW lineup. Although we miss the unique character of the six, the turbo four is actually quicker and provides better fuel economy—up to 34 mpg on the highway. The in-line six, in turbo form, remains under the hood of the 335i sedan. BMW’s slick stick shift is still available, and the optional automatic is now an eight-speed (the two-doors still use a six-speed). At the top of the heap is the M3, a performance legend with a 414-hp V-8 that screams to an 8400-rpm redline. It’s available as a coupe or a convertible. Between the 335i and the M3 lies the 335is, which offers nearly the performance of an M3 yet costs about $9000 less.

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2013 335 i Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 3.0L in-line 6 DOHC with Double-VANOS variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 23 MPG city, 33 MPG highway, 26 MPG combined and 411 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
15.8gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 300 hp @ 5,800 rpm; 300 ft lb of torque @ 1,200 rpm

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'13 BMW 335 i Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Trip Computer
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Auto Dimming Mirrors
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Heated Wiper/Washers
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HID Headlights
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Memory Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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