Consumer Reports Picks BMW 328i as Top Sports Sedan

by Mark Jurista on February 25, 2014, 1:48 pm
BMW 328i Consumer Reports Top Pick Sports Sedan

The Consumer Reports' top picks for 2014 are in and the BMW 328i tops their list for the best sports sedan.

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The 3 Series has long set the standard for sports sedans. And the current model delivers excellent handling and a high fun-to-drive factor. Itís also roomier, more luxurious, and more fuel-efficient than past models. The 328iís 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine is quick and thrifty, posting 28 mpg overall, which is best among gas-powered models in its class. Ride comfort and fit and finish are also impressive, although the rear seat is a bit snug. A diesel version, called the 328d, is new for 2014.
Other cars of note include:
  • Best Overall - Tesla Model S
  • Small SUV - Subaru Forester
  • Midsized Sedan - Honda Accord (4-cyl)
  • Compact Car - Subaru Impreza
  • Midsized SUV - Hyunda Santa Fe
  • Green Car - Toyota Prius
  • Pickup Truck - RAM 1500
  • Luxury Car - Audi A6
  • Minivan - Honda Odyssey

See the full description of each winner at
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/m...2014/index.htm


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41 responses to Consumer Reports Picks BMW 328i as Top Sports Sedan

uberspeed commented:
February 25, 2014, 5:50 pm

Nice! Thanks for the link
captainaudio commented:
February 25, 2014, 6:22 pm

Consumer Reports know nothing about cars. They are only capable of rating refrigerators, washing machines and . . . . .

Wait!

BMW 328 was rated Top Sports Sedan?

Great news! This top rating from the automobile experts at Consumer Reports reiterates what we already knew. BMW makes the best cars.

CA
uberspeed commented:
February 25, 2014, 7:37 pm

For the general population a 328i is still a solid, all-around vehicle. It's always nice to get another feather in your cap, even if folks around here don't value CR's opinions.
listerone commented:
February 25, 2014, 7:52 pm

The 328i is tops? That's only because they never drove the 328d!
gkr778 commented:
February 25, 2014, 8:13 pm

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Originally Posted by captainaudio View Post
Great news! This top rating from the automobile experts at Consumer Reports reiterates what we already knew. BMW makes the best cars.
In the compact sports sedan category, they sure do! This is the second year that F30 328i was rated 'top pick' in its class.

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Originally Posted by listerone View Post
The 328i is tops? That's only because they never drove the 328d!
Consumer Reports purchased a 328d xDrive very recently. They should have a full road test report on it later this year.
adhrp commented:
February 25, 2014, 9:03 pm

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Originally Posted by gkr778 View Post
In the compact sports sedan category, they sure do! This is the second year that F30 328i was rated 'top pick' in its class.
Does that mean the 2012 328i was not a top pick? What changed in 2013/2014 that made CR choose it as a top pick? Or is it the case that other cars in 2012 out-shined the 328i?
Colo328dGirl commented:
February 25, 2014, 9:21 pm

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Originally Posted by captainaudio View Post
Consumer Reports know nothing about cars. They are only capable of rating refrigerators, washing machines and . . . . .

Wait!

BMW 328 was rated Top Sports Sedan?

Great news! This top rating from the automobile experts at Consumer Reports reiterates what we already knew. BMW makes the best cars.

CA
LOL! Silly you!
Colo328dGirl commented:
February 25, 2014, 9:23 pm

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Originally Posted by listerone View Post
The 328i is tops? That's only because they never drove the 328d!
Now now be nice to your brother. Yes the 328d rocks too but let's not be jealios.
gkr778 commented:
February 25, 2014, 11:02 pm

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Originally Posted by adhrp View Post
Does that mean the 2012 328i was not a top pick? What changed in 2013/2014 that made CR choose it as a top pick? Or is it the case that other cars in 2012 out-shined the 328i?
There are two major reasons why F30 328i did not earn 'Top Pick' status in 2012:

1.) CR's Annual Auto Issue is released in late February. Due the timing of BMW's F30 launch in the U.S. market, CR did not purchase a 328i for testing until after the 2012 Annual Auto Issue was published (keep in mind they purchase automobiles from local dealerships and don't use manufacturer press fleet cars for their road test evaluations). The 328i road test was reported in the magazine's August 2012 issue.

2.) One criterion for 'Top Pick' is as follows:

"Reliability. Each must have an average or better reliability Rating, based on the problems our subscribers reported on 1.1 million vehicles in our latest Annual Auto Survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center."

Sufficient reliability data on F30 328i wasn't available until late 2012. From that point on, 328i exhibited average or better reliability ratings along with a class leading road test score and good performance in government/insurance safety tests, leading to 'Top Pick' honors in 2013 and 2014.

CR's Top Pick in the Sports Sedan category for 2012? Infiniti G37 Sedan.
adhrp commented:
February 25, 2014, 11:23 pm

I see, thanks for the info!
uberspeed commented:
February 25, 2014, 11:49 pm

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Originally Posted by Colo328dGirl View Post
Now now be nice to your brother. Yes the 328d rocks too but let's not be jealios.
No need for jealousy, perhaps you two are a tad biased?
AndrewZ commented:
February 26, 2014, 12:20 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by captainaudio View Post
Consumer Reports know nothing about cars. They are only capable of rating refrigerators, washing machines and . . . . .

Wait!

BMW 328 was rated Top Sports Sedan?

Great news! This top rating from the automobile experts at Consumer Reports reiterates what we already knew. BMW makes the best cars.

CA
jlukja commented:
February 26, 2014, 2:24 am

"rear seat is a bit snug".

I thought the F30 had one of the roomier rear seats in its class.
f30jojo commented:
February 26, 2014, 6:36 am

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Originally Posted by listerone View Post
The 328i is tops? That's only because they never drove the 328d!
320d < 328i in terms of sport sedan.
Gary J commented:
February 26, 2014, 8:20 am

Next year the 400 series will be on top!
Colo328dGirl commented:
February 26, 2014, 8:24 am

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Originally Posted by uberspeed View Post
No need for jealousy, perhaps you two are a tad biased?
Of course we are biased. Actually more than a tad.
uberspeed commented:
February 26, 2014, 9:23 am

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Originally Posted by Colo328dGirl View Post
Of course we are biased. Actually more than a tad.
Especially being in high altitude, kudos to you for making a smart choice in vehicle/engine combo
glangford commented:
February 26, 2014, 10:11 am

CR also rated the BMW 7 Series as one of their cars to avoid.

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The BMW 7-Series sedan is a "ponderous, technology-laden vehicle with...ungainly handling."
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/...-cars/5797579/
glangford commented:
February 26, 2014, 10:11 am

Sorry Double Post
glangford commented:
February 26, 2014, 10:11 am

Sorry Triple Post, wierd behavior of my browser.
uberspeed commented:
February 26, 2014, 10:26 am

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Originally Posted by glangford View Post
CR also rated the BMW 7 Series as one of their cars to avoid.



http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/...-cars/5797579/
They also recommended against the Lexus IS:

Lexus IS (falls short ó very short)

Yet it seems quite a few on here favor Lexus. Granted I would've liked for them to qualify their statements.
gkr778 commented:
February 26, 2014, 10:42 am

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Originally Posted by uberspeed View Post
They also recommended against the Lexus IS:

Lexus IS (falls short ó very short)

Yet it seems quite a few on here favor Lexus. Granted I would've liked for them to qualify their statements.
The main qualifications regarding the IS are to avoid the smaller 2.5L engine and definitely avoid AWD. This goes a long way toward resolving two of the most significant demerits CR reported for the IS: languid acceleration and lackluster handling. Other issues such as road noise and a cramped interior would still remain, though.

BTW, CR joined the AWD cult. In the December 2013 issue (where their IS 250 and Q50 reviews were published), they stated the following:

"We tested both models with all-wheel drive because we've found most buyers choose it over rear-wheel drive in today's upscale and luxury sedans. To reflect this preference, when a sedan offers rear- or all-wheel drive, we will buy the AWD version."
gkr778 commented:
February 26, 2014, 10:47 am

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Originally Posted by f30jojo View Post
320d < 328i in terms of sport sedan.
Exactly. On top of that, the 328d (aka 320d) CR purchased has xDrive, which vitiates sport sedan characteristics even further compared to the rear-wheel drive 328i they tested earlier.
f30jojo commented:
February 26, 2014, 12:07 pm

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Originally Posted by gkr778 View Post
Exactly. On top of that, the 328d (aka 320d) CR purchased has xDrive, which vitiates sport sedan characteristics even further compared to the rear-wheel drive 328i they tested earlier.
oh my, a 328d Xdrive??? what a boring little gas sipper that must be. and im a diesel enthusiast lol. wiat.. a 328xd with DHP... thats another story.
captainaudio commented:
February 26, 2014, 12:44 pm

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Originally Posted by glangford View Post
CR also rated the BMW 7 Series as one of their cars to avoid.



http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/...-cars/5797579/
That has definitely not been my experience with the 7. It is obviously a large car and is certainly has a lot of technology but I think it handles extremely well for such a large and heavy car.

CA
eazy commented:
February 26, 2014, 12:54 pm

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Originally Posted by gkr778 View Post
The main qualifications regarding the IS are to avoid the smaller 2.5L engine and definitely avoid AWD. This goes a long way toward resolving two of the most significant demerits CR reported for the IS: languid acceleration and lackluster handling. Other issues such as road noise and a cramped interior would still remain, though.



BTW, CR joined the AWD cult. In the December 2013 issue (where their IS 250 and Q50 reviews were published), they stated the following:



"We tested both models with all-wheel drive because we've found most buyers choose it over rear-wheel drive in today's upscale and luxury sedans. To reflect this preference, when a sedan offers rear- or all-wheel drive, we will buy the AWD version."

They also complained about the driver side footwell [ATTACH]425017[/ ATTACH] the IS is the worst lexus sedan that consumer reports has ever tested


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gkr778 commented:
February 26, 2014, 1:28 pm

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Originally Posted by eazy View Post
They also complained about the driver side footwell [ATTACH]425017[/ ATTACH]
That bulge exists to accommodate AWD hardware.
eazy commented:
February 26, 2014, 1:40 pm

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Originally Posted by gkr778 View Post
That bulge exists to accommodate AWD hardware.

Yes I know that but too much of an interference


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Colo328dGirl commented:
February 26, 2014, 4:17 pm

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Originally Posted by f30jojo View Post
oh my, a 328d Xdrive??? what a boring little gas sipper that must be. and im a diesel enthusiast lol. wiat.. a 328xd with DHP... thats another story.
That is exactly what I have. It moves for a little gas sipper.
Road&MTN_Biker commented:
February 26, 2014, 5:49 pm

Yeah, but did you see what they say about the 5 and 7 series? Overall Audi beat the hell out of BMW.
f30jojo commented:
February 27, 2014, 3:27 am

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Originally Posted by Colo328dGirl View Post
That is exactly what I have. It moves for a little gas sipper.
Oh ive driven plenty of german spec 320d I know theyre good cars. But xdrive without dhp would be my least favorite. Id get the wagon with dhp amd msport.

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Astronomy commented:
February 27, 2014, 5:14 am

The 3 different lines (lux, sport, and modern) are a huge fail to me
f30jojo commented:
February 27, 2014, 5:36 am

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Originally Posted by Astronomy View Post
The 3 different lines (lux, sport, and modern) are a huge fail to me
For enthusiasts that know better, yes, it's stupid.

To the market its genuis. Most buyers are not enthusaists and when they order the "luxury" line, they truly feel more exclusivity and that there's is more luxurious than others...
Leslierc commented:
February 27, 2014, 5:47 am

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Originally Posted by captainaudio View Post
That has definitely not been my experience with the 7. It is obviously a large car and is certainly has a lot of technology but I think it handles extremely well for such a large and heavy car.

CA
Agree completely! I always thought the remarkable thing about my `11 F01 was that it drove and handled like a much smaller car. As for the comment regarding the 7's technology, I actually chose the 7 Series over the A8 because I felt distracted by all of the tech inside the Audi.
3284me commented:
February 27, 2014, 6:06 am

I believe everything CR says about BMW, unless it's bad. Now I can officially buy a new one.
windsor027 commented:
February 27, 2014, 7:18 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by captainaudio View Post
Consumer Reports know nothing about cars. They are only capable of rating refrigerators, washing machines and . . . . .

Wait!

BMW 328 was rated Top Sports Sedan?

Great news! This top rating from the automobile experts at Consumer Reports reiterates what we already knew. BMW makes the best cars.

CA


I thought this the minute I saw CR rating in Yahoo and then i come in here and thinking about posting something similar but. Hell this is something BJ would post. LOL
captainaudio commented:
February 27, 2014, 8:01 am

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Originally Posted by windsor027 View Post


I thought this the minute I saw CR rating in Yahoo and then i come in here and thinking about posting something similar but. Hell this is something BJ would post. LOL
I forgot to include the words "wealthy" and "status".

Mybad!
captainaudio commented:
February 27, 2014, 8:06 am

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Originally Posted by f30jojo View Post
For enthusiasts that know better, yes, it's stupid.

To the market its genuis. Most buyers are not enthusaists and when they order the "luxury" line, they truly feel more exclusivity and that there's is more luxurious than others...
To the average American driver the 335i Luxury Line is indistinguishable from a 320i. I can barely tell the difference myself. As a matter of fact I probably can't tell the difference at all without close inspection.

I am not saying that they are the same or that the Luxury Line is not worth the money but visually they are very similar and only those who are very familiar with BMW will be able to tell the difference in appearance.
f30jojo commented:
February 27, 2014, 8:22 am

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Originally Posted by captainaudio View Post
To the average American driver the 335i Luxury Line is indistinguishable from a 320i. I can barely tell the difference myself. As a matter of fact I probably can't tell the difference at all without close inspection.

I am not saying that they are the same or that the Luxury Line is not worth the money but visually they are very similar and only those who are very familiar with BMW will be able to tell the difference in appearance.
On a 328i luxo line is 2100. you get chrome trim, a different fob, and exclusive leather. you only get the exclusive leather IF you buy the premium pkg which adds another 3100 to the bottom line. so basicaly for 5200 bucks you get leather, a pretty fob and chrome accents... no thanks hahaha

Im not sure if everyone is aware the luxo line is charging 2100 bucks for a different fob and chrome accents. b/c if you want leather, you have to drop 3100 more to get it anway. just FYI everyone...

....patiently awaiting BJ's response....
uberspeed commented:
February 27, 2014, 2:24 pm

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Originally Posted by gkr778 View Post
The main qualifications regarding the IS are to avoid the smaller 2.5L engine and definitely avoid AWD. This goes a long way toward resolving two of the most significant demerits CR reported for the IS: languid acceleration and lackluster handling. Other issues such as road noise and a cramped interior would still remain, though.

BTW, CR joined the AWD cult. In the December 2013 issue (where their IS 250 and Q50 reviews were published), they stated the following:

"We tested both models with all-wheel drive because we've found most buyers choose it over rear-wheel drive in today's upscale and luxury sedans. To reflect this preference, when a sedan offers rear- or all-wheel drive, we will buy the AWD version."
Well that sucks, there are nuances between them that should be tested and accounted for :-/
elistan commented:
February 27, 2014, 4:30 pm

In related news, CR declares the Lexus IS (along with Lincoln MKS and BMW 7 Series) as the worst luxury sedan.
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/27/c...rst-cars-2014/