Always Forward in the BMW 3 Series
The BMW 3 Series is an iconic sports sedan born to be driven.
Let’s Start at the End
If you are wondering what sedan is right for you, consider that the average American spends almost three weeks in a vehicle a year, and that the average driver from Los Angeles spends over 7,000 minutes stuck in traffic. While we are in San Diego and things are just now creeping on the insanity of the concrete jungle, you need to understand that your car needs to not only reflect your values, but be comfortable for those long rides and traffic jams. Take your time, do your research, test drive every car you can, consider your car payments, and make the decision that will help you best achieve your goals. In the end, we think you will be more than pleased with the results, and end up choosing a new BMW 3 Series from BMW of Escondido.
The 3 Series is always moving forward, as one of the most popular luxury sedans on the market. Whether you are driving this as your starter BMW, a daily driver or commuter, or have chosen it as your family car for everything around town, the 3 Series never fails to deliver. As the 2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick for midsize luxury car, as well as dozens of other awards recognizing the sedan as the luxury leader and marketplace favorite, the BMW 3 Series continues to be the standard bearer for midsize luxury cars, as well as midsize cars.
Wait. Are we comparing the BMW 3 Series to “normal” midsize cars?
While the BMW 3 Series is most-often compared to the Audi A4 and Mercedes C Class (more on that later), we often see it compared to other car makers like Toyota (Camry). Before you think too hard on this, consider that a Toyota Camry XSE V6 with comparable features and packages would price it only $1750 lower than the BMW 3 Series core model. Considering that most people choose the Camry for its impeccable gas mileage, reconsider this statement because the BMW 3 Series bests the XSE by 4 miles per gallon in the city and on the highway. If the costs are roughly the same and the BMW has better gas mileage, wouldn’t you rather be driving an award-winning luxury car with better performance and handling? Of course you would, and we would recommend it too!
Comparing the 3 Series to Mercedes and Audi
When people walk on our lot wanting to drive the new 3 Series, they’ve most likely done their homework. While some are wanting to upgrade from a standard sedan, others have looked online or test-driven comparable luxury cars like the Audi A4 or Mercedes C Class. While the BMW 3 Series offers a comparable warranty as the other two makes, it has more awards, better gas mileage in the city and on the highway, and more options, including an electrified BMW 3e model.
Both the BMW and Mercedes come in a performance package, BMW M and Mercedes AMG, in two-wheel or all-wheel drive, priced roughly the same. If you are considering both cars, it’s going to come down to a matter of preference. If you want a softer ride, the Mercedes AMG C 43 floats a little. If you want to feel more connected to the road, you may opt for the BMW 340i xDrive. Or you may toss it all and think about the brand new 2021 M3 with that gorgeous grille.
Right across the street from our dealership in Escondido, you can find the Audi dealership and drive the newer Audi A4. A lot happens when you compare the vehicles above, and while a lot of it comes down to preference, the Audi A4 significantly trails both the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C Class in price and performance. While the Audi starts off $2000 lower, once you consider comparable interior, safety, and performance features, the cost rises above the pricing of the standard core 3 Series model. With a better price for comparable features, more security with safety features, power and performance, the BMW 3 Series is just an all-around better buy and vehicle for your hard earned money than the Audi A4.