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2014_bmw_4-series_coupe_435i Overview: Replacing the much-loved BMW 3-series coupe (the 3-series designation applies now only to the sedan), the 4-series has some big wheels to fill. 2014-bmw-435i-coupe-interior We are happy to report that it is up to the task. In fact, it’s so good, it made our 10 Best list for 2014. The 4 is livelier than its predecessor, thanks to improved steering, a more responsive suspension, and a lower center of gravity. Fewer doors with more sportiness? We’ll take that trade-off anytime.

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe

BASE PRICE: $46,925

ENGINE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve inline-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 182 cu in, 2979 cc

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. 2014bmw320i 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.

Almost always silky engine, balanced chassis, no-nonsense interior layout.

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 fuel [...]

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