It wasn’t hard for the 2013 BMW 3 Series to win over our critics at our latest Challenge. The sedan was exceptionally well-balanced on the track and around town and was overall a blast to drive. It was when the tests came down to hard numbers, though, that the 3 Series separated itself from the pack.
We put each of the six contenders through an approximately 180-mile mpg route that included surface roads and highway driving across Southern California. We also tested each of the car’s zero-to-60 and quarter-mile times as well as braking distance on the drag strip.
The 3 Series kept delivering the best numbers, no matter what the test.