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What Changed

The sixth generation 3-Series wears all-new styling on a platform that is wider and longer than before. At launch, the US models consist of the four-cylinder 328i and six-cylinder 335i. Both models are rear-wheel-drive with a standard 6-speed manual transmission and optional 8-speed automatic. BMW will add all-wheel-drive 328i xDrive and 335i xDrive models later in the model year.

Comparison to Prior Model

2012 BMW 3-Series sedan 2011 BMW 3-Series Sedan
2012 BMW 3-Series sedan 2011 BMW 3-Series Sedan
Price Range ($) $34,900 - $44,300 $34,600 - $58,800
Length (in) 182.5 178.2
Wheelbase (in) 110.6 108.7
Width (in) 71.3 71.5
Height (in) 56.3 55.9
Track (in) 60.3 59.1
Exterior Volume (cu. ft.) 358.5 340.7
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3406-3594 3362-3825
Legroom Total (in.) 77.1 76.1
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 96.2 92.6
Cargo Volume (cu. ft.) 17 12
Driven Wheels
  • RWD
  • RWD
  • AWD
Engines
  • 2.0l I4 T (240-bhp)
  • 3.0l I6 T (300-bhp)
  • 3.0l I6 D (265-bhp)
  • 3.0l I6 (230-bhp)
  • 3.0l I6 T (300-bhp)
  • 4.0l V8 (414-bhp)
Transmissions A8, M6 A6, M6, SM7
City MPG 14-23
Highway MPG 20-36
Combined MPG 17-29
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