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4-5 Seats
19-26 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Robust turbo-four (sedan)
  • Trunk room (sedan)
  • Smooth inline-six power
  • Handling
  • Strong brakes
  • Standard folding backseat

The Bad

  • Rubbery manual shifter (except sedan)
  • Spring-back turn signal and transmission levers
  • Leather and power seats optional
  • Many luxury features cost extra
  • Crash tests for convertible
2013 BMW 328 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 BMW 328
  • Newly available active cruise control with Stop &amp
  • amp
  • Go feature
  • New performance-oriented M Sport Line
  • Sedan, coupe or convertible
  • Available hybrid sedan
  • RWD or AWD
  • Manual or automatic

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Vehicle Overview

Offered in 328 and 335 models, BMW's compact 3 Series is the luxury automaker's bread-and-butter model. For 2013, a new ActiveHybrid 3 sedan is available. It's covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

The 3 Series is available in sedan, coupe and retractable-hardtop convertible body styles, and a high-performance M3 version (covered separately) is also offered. The 3 Series competes with the Audi A4, Infiniti G and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

New for 2013
A new M Sport Line is available for the 328 and 335, and it brings 18-inch alloy wheels, sports seats, a sport suspension, an M steering wheel and styling changes.

The sedan is now offered with all-wheel drive instead of rear-wheel drive, and the 328 and 335 sedans can have newly optional active cruise control with Stop & Go technology, which maintains space between other cars in heavy bumper-to-bumper traffic. If the gap between cars closes, the system will bring your car to a complete stop.

Exterior
The sedan is 3.7 inches longer than the previous generation, and its exterior design has evolved. Different grille, side mirror and tailpipe treatments distinguish among the sedan's base, Modern, Sport, M Sport and Luxury trim levels, which come as option packages called "lines."

Coupes and convertibles have different front and rear styling touches. The 335is has a unique front air dam with larger air intakes. Exterior features include:

  • Standard adaptive xenon headlights
  • 17-inch allo...
Vehicle Overview

Offered in 328 and 335 models, BMW's compact 3 Series is the luxury automaker's bread-and-butter model. For 2013, a new ActiveHybrid 3 sedan is available. It's covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

The 3 Series is available in sedan, coupe and retractable-hardtop convertible body styles, and a high-performance M3 version (covered separately) is also offered. The 3 Series competes with the Audi A4, Infiniti G and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

New for 2013
A new M Sport Line is available for the 328 and 335, and it brings 18-inch alloy wheels, sports seats, a sport suspension, an M steering wheel and styling changes.

The sedan is now offered with all-wheel drive instead of rear-wheel drive, and the 328 and 335 sedans can have newly optional active cruise control with Stop & Go technology, which maintains space between other cars in heavy bumper-to-bumper traffic. If the gap between cars closes, the system will bring your car to a complete stop.

Exterior
The sedan is 3.7 inches longer than the previous generation, and its exterior design has evolved. Different grille, side mirror and tailpipe treatments distinguish among the sedan's base, Modern, Sport, M Sport and Luxury trim levels, which come as option packages called "lines."

Coupes and convertibles have different front and rear styling touches. The 335is has a unique front air dam with larger air intakes. Exterior features include:

  • Standard adaptive xenon headlights
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional 18- or 19-inch wheels
  • Optional Active Steering system with speed-sensitive assist
  • Optional automatic high beams

Interior
Sedans seat five, but there's room for only four in the coupe and convertible. The iDrive system — standard in the sedan but available only with an optional navigation system in the others — is BMW's latest version, revamped with better graphics, more shortcut keys and improved menu functionality.

The sedan features an updated interior with more backseat legroom and a larger trunk. Its optional Sport line includes sport seats and steering wheel. Interior features include:

  • Push-button start
  • Standard automatic climate control
  • Optional front and rear parking assist
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional Dynamic Cruise Control can gently apply the brakes to maintain a preset speed
  • Standard HD radio
  • Optional satellite radio

Under the Hood
The 328 sedan's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes 240 horsepower. The other body styles retain the 230-hp, normally aspirated 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine.

A 300-hp, single-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder is found in all 335 body styles, though the sedan now offers an eight-speed automatic while the other body styles still have a six-speed automatic. Additional mechanical features include:

  • All 3 Series models can also have a six-speed manual
  • 335is coupe and convertible has a twin-turbo 320-hp 3.0-liter engine
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission is optional for the 335is

Safety
Convertibles are not available with side curtain airbags like the other body styles. Convertibles do get side airbag head extensions. Safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side curtain airbags (not available on convertible)
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Active front head restraints
  • Available active cruise control with Stop & Go technology

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
113 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Most comfortable car I?ve owned

by SouthernMama from East, NC on December 7, 2018

Great gas mileage, has 3 drive modes - sport, comfort and ECO boost. I drive in sport mode bc I like the suspension and steering in sport, but I still get 28.9 mpg in city. Plenty of USB ports, ... Read full review

(5.0)

The cart I ever owened

by Rafael Cornelio from Minneapolis, MN on November 14, 2018

This car is awesome, for single or small family, very comfortable, a great performance on highway, not a single problem so far, convertible Is a great option for summer. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 BMW 328 currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 BMW 328 i

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Overall evaluation
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Overall Evaluation
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by BMW

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    196-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 328 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

A

Booster

(second row)

A

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

B

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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