Overview: The gold standard of sports sedans, the BMW 3-series has appeared on our 10 Best list 23 years in a row, including for 2014. Now in its sixth generation, it is renowned for an unmatched combination of smooth powertrains, brilliant handling, and comfortable yet driver-focused interiors. However, the new F30’s base turbo four, abrupt stop-start, and electric power steering are causing some discord among the loyalists.
Pros: Almost always silky engine, balanced chassis, no-nonsense interior layout.
Cons: Stop-start rumble highlights the turbo four’s balance issues and is even more noticeable with the auto, steering could use some tactility, costs nearly 50 grand.
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
PRICE AS TESTED: $48,195 (base price: $35,795)
ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct [...]