Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Take a sleek, stylish, and technologically savvy sedan, and inject with pure, hybrid eco-friendliness, and out will come the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. In a world of car manufacturers hybridizing their favorite models, the Hyundai Sonata is a true standout. At first glance, you wouldn’t even know that it’s a hybrid, which is exactly what we …

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Hyundai Sonata

When it comes to contemporary automobiles with subtle, yet refined style, the Hyundai Sonata sits just at the top of the list. This borderline luxury sedan is one of the most comfortable and stylish sedans on the market today. While it may not be the most stand-out in terms of expression and performance, it is …

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Hyundai Palisade

When it comes to making affordable, functional, and stylish vehicles, no other car manufacturer seems to be able to do it quite like Hyundai does it.  The Hyundai Palisade has helped bring the company to the larger vehicle market, as it is one of their best and biggest three-row SUVs that they have ever released. …

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Hyundai Kona

When it comes to developing stylish, budget-friendly, and fuel-efficient vehicles, Hyundai has been on a roll. The Kona is one of the most charming vehicles that has come out in the past couple of years. With a tight and punchy powertrain that is fun to drive and a stylish design that provides you with class …

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Hyundai Ioniq

You usually know when you’re looking at a hybrid or electric car thanks to the least-aerodynamic designs and non-intimidating looks.  With the Hyundai Ioniq, that is not the case. It does a great job at being as unassuming as possible, although it’s a wonderful electric vehicle. A History of the Hyundai Ioniq The Hyundai Ioniq …

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BMW 3-Series
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Whenever someone starts talking about benchmark sedans, it’s difficult to have a conversation without bringing up the BMW 3-Series. That’s because this compact executive car has been around for over four decades. Essentially, it has had time to grow and mold into one of the best sedans on the market today. 

The Condensed History of the BMW 3-Series

The first of the BMW 3-Series came about in 1975 after the 02 Series was cut from production. For a while, the 3-Series was only available as a two-door sedan, though eventually, the 3-Series expanded into a variety of models, including the two-door coupe, two-door convertible, five-door hatchback, and five-door station wagon.

Moving Forward – The Technology and Performance of the BMW 3-Series

The 2019 3-Series has a few different engines in different models, including the 330i turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder model and the M340i 3.0L inline-six engine, each of which produces 255 and 385 horsepower respectively. Each of them comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel-drive with optional all-wheel-drive. 

On the inside, you get a large trunk space, a modern infotainment system with an optional 12.3” touchscreen, and a detailed head-up display. 

A Timeline of the BMW 3-Series

  • First Generation BMW 3-Series (1975-1983)

The first-generation 3-Series came as a two-door sedan and had a carbureted four-cylinder engine.

  • Second Generation BMW 3-Series (1983-1994)

Four-door sedans were introduced in 1983, and these were the first models to offer all-wheel-drive and a diesel engine.

  • Third Generation BMW 3-Series (1994-2000)

The third-generation 3-Series had sedan, coupe, convertible, hatchback, and wagon body styles. It was the first 3-Series lineup to have five-speed automatic transmissions. 

  • Fourth Generation BMW 3-Series (2000-2006)

The fourth-generation saw the introduction of many electronic features, including electronic brake-force distribution, satellite navigation, and rain-sensing wipers. 

  • Fifth Generation BMW 3-Series (2006-2013)

By 2006, the 335i became the very first in the lineup to feature a turbocharged engine. Run-flat tires were also introduced during this generation.

  • Sixth Generation BMW 3-Series (2013-2018)

The sixth-generation 3-Series let go of the coupe and convertible models for the 4-Series. The entire range now had turbocharged engines, and the M3 was released with a twin-turbo straight-six engine. 

  • Seventh Generation BMW 3-Series (2018-Present)

The seventh-generation is only offered in a sedan body style and comes with updated BMW technology.

The BMW 3-Series In the News

In recent BMW news, some of their beloved vehicles are headed to the chopping block very soon. Not only will the 3-Series GT be cut from the 2020 range, but so will the 6-Series Gran Coupe. This chop is to help pave the way for a new line of electric vehicles. 

Celebrity Endorsements of the BMW 3-Series

Just based on the sheer length of time that the BMW 3-Series has been around, you have to expect that there are at least a few 3-Series celebrity owners. These celebrities include model Phoebe Price, actress Brittany Snow, and TV personality Lo Bosworth.

Best BMW 3-Series Groups

Bimmerfest is one of the top forum-based BMW communities on the Internet. They also just so happen to have the largest community of 3-Series owners. 

The BMW 3-Series – Driving Innovation

As one of the longest-lasting BMW models on the market, the 3-Series has evolved into something quite beautiful. Though it might be overshadowed by BMW’s new breadwinners at this point, we have to give it credit for continuing to explore what a great sedan can be.

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