2021 BMW 330

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The BMW 3 Series used to be a crown jewel of the automotive landscape. It earned so much praise and won so many comparison tests that car journalists like us were falsely accused of being on the take. Sorry, the cars were just that great. In recent years, though, the 3 Series lost its luster, and it had nothing to do with fictional stacks of unmarked bills no longer showing up on ink-stained doorsteps. Quite simply, the last 3 Series was less involving and fun to drive, while its well-built-but-drab interior didn't exactly wow luxury shoppers. Tougher still, it faced better competition than ever before, competitors that started to clear the lofty bar set by past 3 Series. So that's the history lesson. The 2021 BMW 3 Series is now into its third year of a redesign that saw it return mostly to dynamic form, albeit in a way more relevant for the 2020s where technology, refinement and efficiency are far more important. To those ends, the 3 Series infotainment system is among the best in the luxury realm, it has a shockingly comfortable ride for such a sporting car, and its fuel economy figures read like those of a modest compact car despite boasting big-time power and torque. The new-for-2021 330e plug-in hybrid and the M340i's new mild-hybrid system bolster that case even further. So is today's 3 Series a crown jewel again? Well, those competitors are only getting tougher, and their collective turf is being rapidly taken over by crossovers. Still, should you want to stick with sport sedans (and we're right with you), there's no better place to start your search than the BMW 3 Series.   What's new for 2021? The 330e plug-in hybrid model debuts two years after the rest of the 3 Series line was unveiled (you can consider the new 2021 M3 as an addition as well). There are also some key updates elsewhere. The M340i gains a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, improving fuel economy ever so slightly and smoothing out the automatic stop/start system. Output and acceleration remain the same. There have also been a number of changes made to option availability and package content, which is normal after a new model's first year on the market. Standard equipment now includes the previously unavailable Android Auto as well as the previously optional satellite radio, proximity entry, automatic high beams and the Connected Package Pro suite of remote services. What are the 3 Series interior and in-car technology like? The latest 3 Series interior sacrifices some ergonomic functionality in favor of a more eye-catching design with richer materials. It was a good call, as the 3 Series now looks and feels more luxurious, especially when compared to segment standouts such as the Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4 and Volvo S60. At the same time, functionality hasn't been written off – controls are still easily reached and there's ample storage space. We go in-depth about the 3 Series interior in the video above and in our 3 …
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The BMW 3 Series used to be a crown jewel of the automotive landscape. It earned so much praise and won so many comparison tests that car journalists like us were falsely accused of being on the take. Sorry, the cars were just that great. In recent years, though, the 3 Series lost its luster, and it had nothing to do with fictional stacks of unmarked bills no longer showing up on ink-stained doorsteps. Quite simply, the last 3 Series was less involving and fun to drive, while its well-built-but-drab interior didn't exactly wow luxury shoppers. Tougher still, it faced better competition than ever before, competitors that started to clear the lofty bar set by past 3 Series. So that's the history lesson. The 2021 BMW 3 Series is now into its third year of a redesign that saw it return mostly to dynamic form, albeit in a way more relevant for the 2020s where technology, refinement and efficiency are far more important. To those ends, the 3 Series infotainment system is among the best in the luxury realm, it has a shockingly comfortable ride for such a sporting car, and its fuel economy figures read like those of a modest compact car despite boasting big-time power and torque. The new-for-2021 330e plug-in hybrid and the M340i's new mild-hybrid system bolster that case even further. So is today's 3 Series a crown jewel again? Well, those competitors are only getting tougher, and their collective turf is being rapidly taken over by crossovers. Still, should you want to stick with sport sedans (and we're right with you), there's no better place to start your search than the BMW 3 Series.   What's new for 2021? The 330e plug-in hybrid model debuts two years after the rest of the 3 Series line was unveiled (you can consider the new 2021 M3 as an addition as well). There are also some key updates elsewhere. The M340i gains a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, improving fuel economy ever so slightly and smoothing out the automatic stop/start system. Output and acceleration remain the same. There have also been a number of changes made to option availability and package content, which is normal after a new model's first year on the market. Standard equipment now includes the previously unavailable Android Auto as well as the previously optional satellite radio, proximity entry, automatic high beams and the Connected Package Pro suite of remote services. What are the 3 Series interior and in-car technology like? The latest 3 Series interior sacrifices some ergonomic functionality in favor of a more eye-catching design with richer materials. It was a good call, as the 3 Series now looks and feels more luxurious, especially when compared to segment standouts such as the Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4 and Volvo S60. At the same time, functionality hasn't been written off – controls are still easily reached and there's ample storage space. We go in-depth about the 3 Series interior in the video above and in our 3 …
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$41,250 - $43,250 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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Engine 2.0L I-4
MPG 26 City / 36 Hwy
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 8-spd w/OD
Power 255 @ 5000 rpm
Drivetrain rear-wheel
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