2013 BMW 335i Sedan Review

Monday April 15th, 2013 at 10:44 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

By David Colman

Hypes: Delicious M Sport Line, Best Seats, Planted Handling
Gripes: Auto Start/Stop Perplexing

You can just about buy a brand new Kia Rio for the $11,700 worth of “Options and Additional Charges” that bump the base price of this BMW 335i from $43,150 to $57,595. Ka-Ching starts ringing with the M Sport Line ($3,200), the Cold Weather Package ($950), the Driver Assistance Package ($1,900) and the Technology Package ($3,100). What exactly do you get when you order options that add more than 20 percent to the car’s base price? A delicious looking sedan that is so packed with technology that your lease will expire before you discover all of its myriad secrets.

BMW now relies exclusively on turbocharging to produce exceptional horsepower plus excellent fuel economy. The 335i’s inline 6 cylinder, twin turbocharged engine displaces just 3.0 liters, but produces 300hp while returning 26 MPG in combined city/freeway driving. The direct injection engine benefits from stepless variable valve timing on both intake and exhaust cams to extract every last molecule of energy from the 91 octane fuel BMW recommends for this motor. When you jump on the accelerator to complete a pass or merge with freeway traffic, the 335i instantly kicks down a gear or two (it has 8 of them), then surges seamlessly ahead.

All 335 sedans feature a console-mounted “Driving Dynamics Control” which allows you to select your desired performance level from these options: Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus. In Eco Pro, the sedan feels somewhat lethargic, with relaxed steering feedback matching a slow reacting throttle. In Comfort, the sedan feels reasonably spry, but when you flip to Sport or Sport Plus, this Bimmer is really ready to boogie. In these Sport modes, the steering becomes heavier but more informative, while throttle response zings into a hyper responsive algorithm that makes you want to lace your driving shoes tighter.

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2012 BMW 328i Sedan Luxury Line Review

Monday May 14th, 2012 at 4:55 PM
Posted by: aquadog

 

The 328i has controversial styling because of the pointy front end. Get beyond that though and you will discover a car with modern priorities. This car delivers performance and fuel economy like no car before it has ever delivered.  0-60 is under 6 seconds and fuel economy is rated at 36 mpg on the highway.  The real story for us though is we were getting mileage figures of 40 and 45 mpgs on the highway.  Often, EPA highway ratings are a fantasy. On the 328i, the EPA mileage figures are more like a worst case scenario.

BMW 328i Sedan Specs:

  • Engine: 2.0-liter, Inline 4 Cylinder
  • Horsepower: 240hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Torque: 260 lb.-ft @ 1250 rpm
  • Fuel Consumption: 33  mpg hwy
  • MSRP: Starting at $34,900

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Luxury Line Features:

  • 18” Luxury multi-spoke wheel design
  • Chrome decorative accents in front air dam
  • Chrome kidney grille bars
  • Chrome window surround
  • Chrome strip above front air dam and rear loading edge
  • Chrome exhaust pipe trim
  • BMW Luxury entry doorsills
  • Sport leather steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery with exclusive stitching
  • Choice of two fine wood interior trims with chrome lower accent
  • Lower dashboard in exclusive brown leather color (in combination with the Saddle Brown Dakota leather upholstery)
  • Chrome rings around climate and radio control panel buttons
  • Center console fringe in chrome
  • Black signature key fob with chrome Luxury accent
  • $2,100

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2012 Nissan Versa Review – Everybody needs a dinghy

Friday August 26th, 2011 at 6:88 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

2012 Nissan Versa sedan
By David Colman

Likes:

  • Better rear legroom than a BMW 5
  • 130 lbs. less curb weight than 2011 Versa

Dislikes:

  • About as exciting as driving an Autopia car at Disneyland

Back in the Eighties, my Dad, who lived in snow-bound Boston, needed something besides his Mercedes SL to drive during the relentless winter months. He ended up selecting a Nissan Pulsar, bought from a dealer who wryly observed that “Everybody needs a dinghy.” Basically, the 2012 Versa is today’s version of the Nissan dinghy. Like the Pulsar, the Versa is small, unprepossessing, and noisy at full chat, but eminently practical. You wouldn’t choose it as your only vehicle, but rather as a useful addendum to a well-stocked garage.

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Redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry Launched Today – First driving impressions, more power and better fuel economy

Tuesday August 23rd, 2011 at 2:88 PM
Posted by: ponycargirl

2012 Toyota Camry SE

Toyota’s redesigned 2012 Camry mid-size sedan was launched today simultaneously in Los Angeles, Detroit, New York City and the Toyota- owned plant in Georgetown, Kentucky, where the Camry is being manufactured.

At first look, the exterior shape is fairly close to the 2011 Camry. The change is more in the details – the headlights reshaped to curve around the front horizontally, integrating with a more subtle and simplified honeycomb grille. The entire front end is beefier and is seated lower, the fog lights tied into the design with chrome detailing. The windows are a bit more squared at the A pillar and C pillar than the previous model, adding to the sharper, boxier appearance.

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2011 Dodge Avenger Mainstreet Review – More than just a rental car?

Thursday August 18th, 2011 at 11:88 AM
Posted by: AKramer

2011 Dodge Avenger
By Alexander Kramer

Pros:

  • Smooth and quiet ride
  • Clean, well-built interior
  • Great sounding media center with 40 GB hard drive
  • Excellent value

Cons:

  • 2.4 L 4-cylinder engine needs more pep
  • Disappointing fuel efficiency
  • Steering is a bit numb and the handling rather soft
  • Exterior design needs updating

It’s been a long time since Dodge made a sedan good for more than rental fleet duty. From the K-cars of the 80’s to the more recent Intrepid and Stratus models, driving a Dodge sedan has rarely inspired much excitement.

With a name like the Avenger, you’d expect Dodge’s current mid-size sedan to offer at least some level of performance and style. Unfortunately, when it was released in 2008 the Avenger displayed the same mediocre performance, cheap interior, and generally underwhelming design as its predecessors, and the most likely place you’ll find an Avenger is at your local Enterprise or Budget.

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Video Review: 2011 Kia Optima by Driving Sports TV

Friday June 10th, 2011 at 12:66 PM
Posted by: Derek

2011 Kia Optima

Hyundai and Kia are getting better and better with each new model release and the latest from Kia is a prime example why they are gaining market share at a fantastic rate. The 2011 Kia Optima jumps into the one most heavily contested categories and does well competing against the heavy hitters such as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima.

Designed at Kia’s studios in Frankfurt, Germany and Irvine, California, the all-new Kia Optima is longer, wider and lower than the out-going model it replaces and is based on an all-new midsize platform that allows for distinctive dimensions and proportions, while also providing a unique canvas for Kia’s global design team to pen a vehicle that stands apart from everything else in its segment.

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Tesla Model S EV Sedan

Wednesday June 1st, 2011 at 4:66 PM
Posted by: aquadog

Tesla Model SThe new electric Tesla Model S  production is scheduled to begin in mid-2012, starting with the Signature Series, and continuing with the 300-mile batteries, followed by 230-mile and 160-mile battery options later that year. Tesla will offer three battery options, the 160-, 230-, and the 300-mile range. The Model S will come standard with the 160-mile range battery with the 230-mile and 300-mile range batteries as optional upgrades. The Model S Signature will also come with the 300-mile range battery and will have limited edition offerings with colors and options not available for Model S.

The Model S will have a top speed of approximately 125 mph, a 0-60 mph time of approximately 5.6 seconds, and a single-speed gearbox. It will feature a standard 17” infotainment touchscreen on every Model S with in-car 3G connectivity for streaming radio and gps navigation, a liquid-cooled, floor-mounted battery pack, and panoramic glass roof and rear-facing child seats as planned optional upgrades.

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2012 Honda Civic Sedan HF

Thursday May 12th, 2011 at 3:55 PM
Posted by: aquadog

2012 Honda Civic Sedan HF

The 2012 Honda Civic Sedan HF features a 1.8-liter, I4, 140-horsepower engine and a 5-Speed automatic transmission. The HF is new to the Civic lineup and takes fuel efficiency to higher levels with 41-mpg on the highway and 29-mpg in the city. The Eco Assist system enhances efficient vehicle operation and provides feedback to the driver to promote more efficient driving styles. Honda also enhanced the HF’s aerodynamics by lowering the ride a bit compared to other Civic models and also adding special wind-cheating underbody panels.

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2011 Chrysler 200 Review – Don’t call it a comeback. It’s been here all along.

Wednesday April 27th, 2011 at 10:44 AM
Posted by: bclark

2011 Chrysler 200
By Bill Clark

Pros:

  • Eager V6 engine
  • Quiet interior
  • Sporty handling

Cons:

  • Clueless transmission
  • Clueless climate controls
  • Clueless seats

I’ve got to hand it to the Chrysler marketing team. Their Superbowl ad sure left me yearning in anticipation to check out the “all new” Chrysler 200. Those momentary glimpses of smooth, flowing black lines and chrome accents really piqued my curiosity. Chrysler’s full-size 300 has been a major success and I think was instrumental in resurrecting the brand. Would the new 200 be any less game-changing than the 300?

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2011 Kia Optima Review – Not Your Average Mid-Size Sedan

Friday April 8th, 2011 at 7:44 AM
Posted by: mtan

2011 Kia Optima
By Ming Tan

Pros:

  • Feature and amenity laden
  • Smooth design aesthetics
  • Peppy 2.4L 4 cylinder motor
  • Sporty handling suspension

Cons:

  • A few oddly placed function buttons
  • Narrow trunk pass through
  • Awkward blind spots
  • Light steering feel

Just what is an “average” sedan? This is an interesting question in a world dominated by Honda, Toyota, Ford, and Chevrolet. Is average boring? Is it plainly functional? Or should even an average car stimulate your senses and make you want to take a detour just to spend a little more time in it?

The marketing hype surrounding Kia’s new Optima, which culminated in an eye-popping Super Bowl commercial involving alien abduction and Mayan sacrifice, has absolutely peaked my interest. Having owned both Hondas and Toyotas in the past, I know what an average sedan feels like. I want to feel something different. Not often do thoughts of mid-sized sedans evoke passion and verve, but why shouldn’t they?

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