Car and Driver 10 Best Cars 2010: BMW 3 SeriesReprinted from Car and Driver, January 2010Attacking our 10 Best loop each year in a 3-series gives you the sense that this car has been designed for the sole purpose of oozing along that twisting, cratered section of pavement. There, it has a cohesive fluidity that's unmatched by any of its competitors. But then, the 3 feels similarly sublime on any other stretch of road, too.
From the 230-hp 328i that can achieve 30-plus mpg on the highway to the even thriftier and uncharacteristically responsive diesel to the unforgettable bawl of the M3's screaming 414-hp V-8 at 8400 rpm that gets the 0-to-60-mph job done in just over four seconds, the 3-series range is extremely broad. Body styles consist of coupe, sedan-including the resurrection of a fantastically subtle four-door M3-wagon, and folding-hardtop convertible.
There are faster cars, and ones with more horsepower, but the 3-series has earned a long list of comparison-test victories and now a 19th-consecutive 10Best appearance because of the instant confidence it imparts to the driver, making pushing a little harder completely comfortable.
It's the extraordinary precision and response of the perfectly weighted steering, the smooth predictability of the unwavering chassis, the optional sport seats that adjust and embrace in all the right ways, the slick six-speed manual transmissions, the firm but never harsh ride.
In short, it's the car we'd like to drive every day. And some of us do. Actually, is there any higher praise than the fact that more of our staff has spent their own money to buy a 3-series than any other car?
2010 BMW 3 Series: Tech Specs
Front-engine; rear-or 4-wheel-drive;4-5-passenger; 2-door coupe,
2-door convertible, 4-door sedan, or 5-door wagon.
Base Price: $33,675-$69,025
EPA City 13-23mpg / High-Way 20-36mpg Engines:
DOHC 24-valve 3.0-liter inline-6, 230 hp, 200 lb-ft; twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.0-liter inline-6, 300 hp, 300 lb-ft; twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.0-liter diesel inline-6, 265 hp, 425 lb-ft; DOHC 32-valve 4.0-liter V-8, 414 hp, 295 lb-ft
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic with manumatic shifting, 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual, 6 speed manual. Dimensions: Wheelbase > 108.7 in Length > 178.8-181.7 in Width > 70.2-71.5 in Height > 54.1-57.0 in Curb weight > 3350-4150 lb
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