The BMW 328i has been selected as the winner of the Cars.Com Sports Sedan Challenge. The 3 Series emerged as the winner in a series of evaluations including race track testing, instrumented measurements, street driving and a long distance trip on different types of roads.
|"The 328i is an outstanding combination of performance, fuel efficiency and roominess that makes its relatively high price easy to accept," Wiesenfelder said. Jimmee Medina complained about some of the interior surfaces, but added: "If it drives this well, who cares what the inside looks like?"|
The BMW 3 Series and five competitor cars were judged by a panel of experts from Cars.com, MotorWeek, and USA Today. The cars were also judged by actual car shoppers who were in the market for a sport sedan and were invited to participate.
|We (Cars.com / USA Today) looked at eight potential contenders and ended up with six: 2013 Acura TL, 2013 Audi A4, 2013 BMW 328i, 2013 Cadillac ATS, 2013 Mercedes C250 and 2013 Volvo S60. Not included: Lexus IS and Infiniti G37, both of which have significant updates due very soon.|
The BMW 3 Series was selected as the sport sedan with the best combination of performance, fuel efficiency and spaciousness in the group, confirming that the sixth-generation 3 Series continues the successful tradition started more than 35 years ago when the first 3 Series was launched.
What Cars.com / USA Today liked:
|"What wasn't there to like," Thomas said. Efficient performance. Fastest time in our zero-to-60 and quarter-mile time trials. Best braking performance. Best observed mpg. Driving dynamics. "Divine balance and controllability, with good steering and feedback as well," Wiesenfelder said. "Flawless performance," said Mays. "It's the first car that's made me smile," Jimmee Medina said. "It feels very stable at high speeds, like it can handle anything you throw at it," Robinson said.Backseat room. "I could forgive a smaller backseat in light of all the other positives," Wiesenfelder said, "but it's not small."|
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