From a range-wide cosmetic point of view, there’s been a mild restyling around the nose and tail, while the interior has received some upgrades. Tweaks to the chassis are claimed to improve steering and handling. The 328i and similar 328d are generally equipped like the 320i but add a few conveniences such as an auto-dimming rearview mirror and power seats with driver memory settings. But the rest of the industry feels differently. BMW, for example, has Chicken Little analyzing its sales numbers. Whether or not the 4 Series is a better car for you might depend on the utility you need.
The Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S twins—compact, rear-drive, four-cylinder coupes—are overwhelmingly bought with manuals: 70 percent for the Subie and about 60 for the Scion. That’s certainly enough for a few golf bags, suitcases, or shopping bags. Often your monthly lease payment could be around what you’d pay in financing, and you won’t have to worry about maintenance or other problems down the road when your warranty expires. Need we remind you how BMW’s 5-, 6-, and 7-series models have swan-dived from lofty heights? And because it made the GTI even quicker on the dash to 60 mph—and easier to drive fast on a track—people said it would be the final nail in the manual’s coffin.There was no coffin. GTI sales doubled, and half of the car’s buyers still chose the clutch pedal.
View: Standard Features & Full Specs 5.5s 0-60 MPH 248 Horsepower $419/mo lease offer Starting MSRP $38,750Important Info BUILD YOUR OWN 330i SedanMSRP excludes destination & handling fee of $995, tax, title, license, and registration. 2017 330i Sedan shown includes Sport Line. The system responds quickly to inputs from the controller, and the display features sharp graphics. A downside to not having a simple touch screen is that the controller may take some getting used to. Eric TingwallWind noise at 80 mph is more like a $30,000 family sedan than a $50,000 luxury car. The coup de grâce was administered by a Lexus IS350 F Sport in this year’s June issue, when a 335i finished second overall with last-place scores in steering feel, ride, handling, and driving enjoyment.