2016 BMW M3

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

184.5” x 56.1”


Rear-wheel drive



The good:

  • Powerful engine shines on the track
  • Supportive, comfortable sport seats
  • Backseat space, trunk room
  • Carbon fiber interior accents
  • Small-hub M steering wheel

The bad:

  • Modest steering feedback
  • Occasionally lurches at low speed (dual-clutch transmission)
  • Carbon fiber roof looks odd on black cars

1 trim

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Notable features

  • Sedan (M3) or coupe (M4)
  • Turbocharged six-cylinder
  • Dual-clutch or traditional manual transmission with downshift rev-matching
  • Rear-wheel drive

2016 BMW M3 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The M3 is a high-performance version of the 3 Series sedan that was redesigned last year. It’s powered by a turbocharged six-cylinder engine that’s rated at 425 horsepower.
What’s Special

  • Six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Track-optimized cooling system
  • Keyless entry now standard
  • Harman Kardon surround-sound system now standard
  • New LED taillights

Here’s info on the regular 3 Series:
BMW’s compact 3 Series is the luxury automaker’s bread-and-butter model. It’s available as a sedan, Gran Turismo hatchback or wagon. Numerous drivetrains are offered, including a diesel version. The five-seat 3 Series comes with rear- or all-wheel drive and competes with the Audi A4, Cadillac ATS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

(Skip to details on the: 3 Series Gran Turismo)
New for 2016
The sedan and Sport Wagon body styles of the 3 Series gain mild styling updates, suspension and steering revisions, and new features, including available LED headights. There’s a new 340i sedan powered by a 320-horsepower six-cylinder engine, and the available navigation system supports over-the-air map updates. An available Track Handling Package for gas-powered models features variable sport steering, an adaptive suspension, sport brakes with high-temperature pads and gray 18-inch light-alloy wheels.
Significant Standard Features

  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Push-button start
  • Manually adjustable front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • iDrive multimedia system with 6.5-inch screen
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Full-LED headlights
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Leather upholstery
  • Power front seats
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go technology
  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision warning with mitigation feature
  • Navigation system with over-the-air map updates
  • Harman Kardon surround-sound stereo
  • Sunshades for rear windows
  • Power moonroof

3 Series Gran Turismo
The 3 Series Gran Turismo is a four-door, coupelike hatchback version of BMW’s compact luxury car. It’s a larger car overall, measuring nearly 8 inches longer and more than 3 inches taller. The result is a roomier cabin, especially for backseat passengers who get 2.8 inches of extra legroom. The front and rear seats are also positioned higher for easier entry and exit.
What’s Special

  • 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (328i)
  • 300-hp, turbo 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder (335i)
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • Split-folding rear seat
  • Cargo area has tie-down points, hooks and underfloor storage
  • New high-gloss black exterior trim and standard sport seats

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior 4.6
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 4.7
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Best performance car I've owned

I bought this 2016 Mineral white M3 Dct fully loaded with every option except extended leather in 2017 with 6000 miles on the clock. The car has been an exhilarating joy to own and nothing compares to it in its price range. Sure you can buy a Camaro, Dodge or a Mustang for less money but neither have the interior, body design, or finesse the M3 has. The DCT is second only to Porsche's PDK. Yes, I've owned and driven a lot of cars to make these comparisons. Reliability and maintenance 40k miles later has been a positive because things do not break as long as you are routine about your maintenance intervals, but remember this is a BMW so maintenance is not cheap. Would I buy again? Without a second thought I would as I prepare for purchase and the release of the G80 M3 Awd in 2021. Something the M3 is in need of due to torque of the rear wheel drive F80.


Dream car. It’s an M3...enough said!

I’ve been trying to get an M3 for 15yrs now and I finally found the one I wanted with low miles and affordable. I love the performances and handling and the power is mind blowing!


A different breed of performance / Perfection

This my third m3, from an e36,e46 to f80 and still amazed about BMW M3 performance, I owned a 911, and by far M3 is more comfortable and fun to drive. As far as performance, my personal opinion, I like it better with a sexy and athletic body design, offer you a more virile expression of the ultimate driving sensation, definitely reflection of ownership personality.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by BMW
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
48 months/50,000 miles
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
Dealer certification required
196-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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