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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Rainy Day Companion

December 9, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

It rained in Los Angeles last week. I know this doesn't seem like an extreme weather event to many of you, but in L.A. a few things happen when it rains.

For one thing, everyone goes crazy. But also the roads get a slick oily top coat, and if you're not careful, you could have a problem with sudden stops. Potholes form out of nowhere as if the rain disintegrates the asphalt. And last but not least, three traffic lights were out (and blinking red) on my way home from the office.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: The Ultimate Errand Machine

October 31, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

Easy. That's what comes to mind when I think about our 2014 BMW 328i Gran Turismo. Over a late October weekend, for example, I used our 328 GT to grocery shop, take my wife and two kids to a Halloween party, hit up my local hardware store for various items and perform a few other around-town trips of minor consequence. (Yep, welcome to my very exciting domesticated life.) Each time, the BMW stayed in the background, effortlessly doing its transportation job.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Rear Seat Armrest

September 25, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

"You know what? My arms are tired. I need a place to put them. A place to rest them, in fact. Those suckers have just been dangling at the ends of my shoulders since birth. It's getting old."

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: The Dark Horse

September 9, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

I didn't expect it, but our long-term 2014 BMW 328i Gran Turismo has really grown on me.

For this we can thank the Chinese.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Room for People, Dogs and a Piñata

July 08, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

The trip requirements were as follows: Room for three people, a small weekend bag each and a whole heap of surprise party stuff. The latter included decorations, food and two boxes of booze — for the 15-plus attendees, not just the three in the car. Any number of our Edmunds long-term cars could get the job done, but as the journey would take us up into the mountains around Lake Arrowhead, California, a car of some athleticism was preferred.

If that doesn't call for our 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo I'm not sure what does. It's certainly more spacious and practical than our new Porsche Macan.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Plenty of Legroom, but Headroom Can Be Tight

July 04, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

Part of the appeal of the 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo is its longer wheelbase and body than the regular 3 Series sedan and wagon. BMW has put that extra length to use for expanding the amount of rear legroom and cargo space.

If you're an adult seated in back, you'll probably be impressed by the amount of space you have to stretch out your legs. It's excellent for any entry-level luxury car. At the same time, however, you could be disappointed in the amount of headroom the 3 GT has.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Cruise Control Counterpoint

April 23, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

I feel compelled to add a "yeah, but" regarding the cruise control system in our long-term 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo. Dan Edmunds reckons that its cruise control is pretty dandy; nay, the best ever.

I agree with Dan regarding the aspects of its effectiveness he identified. These are calibration-related performance factors, and in this regard the system is very good. However, the system's ergonomics fall short of many other automakers' systems...and even BMW's own previous efforts.

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