Body StylesSedan, Sports Wagon, Coupe, Convertible
The refreshed 2011 BMW 3 Series continues to provide superior performance and great handling, along with a fair number of creature comforts. BMW also offers multiple body styles with multiple powertrains.
The 2011 BMW 3 Series lineup includes compact premium coupes, convertibles, sedans and station wagons. Four- and five-seat interiors are available. The trim levels for the 2011 3 Series are the 328i, 335i, 335d and 335is. A six-cylinder engine, six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. Six- and seven-speed automatic transmissions are optional, as is all-wheel drive.
Upgrades for the 3 Series include redesigned headlights, revised front bumpers, improved infotainment technology and a newly optional turbocharged six-cylinder engine. The 335is trim is new as well and features a performance exhaust system, aerodynamic “M Sport” body pieces and a higher-powered version of the new engine.
The 2011 BMW 3 Series wears fresh design highlights such as V-shaped sculpting on the hood and bolder character lines along its sides. The different body styles can be distinguished by their silhouettes, starting with the relatively upright look of the four-door sedan. The two-door coupe has a more dramatic roofline. Next, the two-door convertible relies on a power-retractable hard top. The long roof for the four-door wagon finishes with a handy liftgate at the rear.
The sedan base model is considered the entry point for the lineup as a whole. This trim has halogen headlights, halogen fog lamps, daytime running lights, heated mirrors, chrome exhaust tips and 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. For options, you can count on adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps with ring-shaped accent lights, a power moonroof, power-folding mirrors, an aerodynamic body kit and 17- through 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
A clean, straightforward appearance dominates the cabin. The dashboard bears a strongly horizontal design with a rounded instrument panel hood that flows off into the molded upper section of the dash. The 3 Series coupe and convertible body styles have room for four people with two individual rear seats. The sedan and wagon can handle three passengers in their back seats. A 60/40-split folding rear seat also is available in the four-door body styles.
The convertible has a trunk capacity of 9 cubic feet. That expands to 11 cubic feet for the coupe. The sedan’s trunk supplies 12 cubic feet of storage. For maximum cargo capacity, the wagon checks in with 25 cubic feet of storage behind its back seats and 60.9 with the rear seats folded.
The 3 Series sedan comes standard with leatherette upholstery, eight-way manually adjustable front seats, walnut wood trim, automatic climate control, cruise control and a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel with a tilt-and-telescoping column. Popular options for the 3 Series include leather upholstery, heated eight-way power-adjustable front sports seats, a heated steering wheel and, separately, an M Sport performance steering wheel.
A 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine is standard for the 2011 3 Series and has all of its cylinders arranged in a single row. This engine produces 230 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque. The 3 Series also is available with a new turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, again with an inline configuration. It makes 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. These engines are equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is an option for both engines.
In the 335is, the turbo engine has been retuned for 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. Here, a six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a seven-speed automatic is available. Rear-wheel drive is standard.
A diesel engine is another option. Relying on the same inline six-cylinder layout as the gas engines, it’s a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter unit that supplies 265 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque. It’s matched solely with a six-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive.
The most fuel efficient 3 Series engine is the diesel, which can help the 3 Series achieve EPA ratings of 23/35 mpg city/highway. That compares to fuel-economy ratings of 18/28 mpg city/highway with the base gas engine and automatic transmission.
The 2011 3 Series doesn’t offer standard Bluetooth or an optional rearview camera, both of which are featured by the 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The BMW’s standard sound system is limited to features such as an AM/FM stereo, HD Radio and an auxiliary input jack.
Adaptive cruise control and front and rear parking sensors are available for the 3 Series. Other notable tech options include a navigation system, an 8.8-inch display, a console-mounted controller, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a USB adapter and a 420-watt Harman Kardon sound system with 14 speakers.
"Don't like it as well as my 2012 Ford Taurus. Hard to steer at slow speed and parking. Engine runs great with good power. Trans. good." Read Less
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2011 BMW 3 Series Pricing
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is the "sticker price" for this vehicle, including optional equipment, when it was new.
The price range for the 2011 BMW 3 Series is $7,997 - $14,997.
The average selling price is $11,109.
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$34,600 - $59,650
This is the price range for the 2011 BMW 3 Series based on used car inventory for sale on CARFAX.
$7,997 - $14,997
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