2016 BMW 340i xDrive Long-Term Road Test - MPG

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive: Monthly Update for May 2017

by Carlos Lago, Senior Writer

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

Where Did We Drive It?
This month marks a full year with our 2016 BMW 340i xDrive. Unfortunately there wasn't a party or cake, but we did treat the 340i to an oil and filter change. Hopefully cars get far more enjoyment out of dealer visits for service than owners do.

The 340i accrued just over 1,000 miles this month, in the process providing quiet yet powerful transportation. Editors commented on its seat comfort and debated the value of the powertrain when faced with the constant stop-and-go of the Los Angeles commute. Also, a part of the dash fell off. Again.

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive: Monthly Update for April 2017

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

Where Did We Drive It?
We're in the home stretch of our yearlong test of the 2016 BMW 340i xDrive. It has already surpassed its 20,000-mile goal, so in the month of April our 3 Series was used mostly for mundane duties such as commuting and local errands.

That's not always a bad thing, however, as all those hours behind the wheel gives our editors plenty of time to think twice about how the 3 Series measures up to its current competition. As you'll see in the following comments, this BMW still delivers the kind of performance that impresses even the most experienced drivers.

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive: Monthly Update for March

by Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

Where Did We Drive It?
Daily commuting and a weekend road trip made up the bulk of our 2016 BMW 340i's time on the road in March. It's a common mix for a lot of 3 Series owners, we suspect, and this sport sedan handles mundane commutes through the city as well as it does a winding mountain road. It also delivers pretty impressive mileage figures, making it well suited to daily driver duty.

It wasn't all traffic and potholes, however, as one staffer snagged the sedan for a weekend golf trip. It put into perspective how much trunk space the 3 Series has available versus its larger 5 Series sibling. Let's just say that the 3 Series has its limitations.

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive: Monthly Update for February 2017

by Will Kaufman, Associate Automotive Editor

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

Where Did We Drive It?

This month our 2016 BMW 340i xDrive did plenty of commuting, but it also took a few breaks for weekend getaways. A trip to San Francisco saw the all-wheel drive come in handy during a torrential downpour, although the adaptive cruise control system's sensors didn't fare so well. After that adventure, the 340i probably appreciated being taken to a spa in the desert near Palm Springs, even if it couldn't relax in the natural thermal baths.

Whatever the destination, the 340i remains much in demand for its comfort, poise and speed. However, not everything is wine and roses with our Jatoba Brown Bavarian. Concerns have emerged that the 3 Series feels less special than it once did, even as it gains features that should make it more competitive on the market.

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive: Monthly Update for December 2016

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

Where Did We Drive It?
It's been a weird month for me and our long-term 2016 BMW 340i. The editors here at Edmunds generally sign out a different vehicle Monday through Wednesday and stay in something from Thursday through Sunday. With the holidays, however, we ended up keeping one vehicle for over two weeks straight.

Since I'm a Los Angeles native, there weren't any epic drives to Grandma's house, just a bunch of short trips and errands in our 340i. 

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2016 BMW 340i: August Fuel Economy Update - Back in Balance

by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor on September 16, 2016

2016 BMW 340i

Last month we reported a dip in average fuel economy for our 2016 BMW 340i, largely due to a string of tanks inefficiently drained in LA city traffic. We needed a good road trip to help bring things back into balance, which is exactly what Editor Sadlier provided this month with a comfy cruise to the Pacific Northwest.

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2016 BMW 340i: Fuel Economy Update For June and July - City Driving Drags It Down

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on August 8, 2016

2016 BMW 340i

We neglected to report on our 2016 BMW 340i last month, but I'll make up for it today. Consider it a special double-issue of fuel economy! Alas, you could also consider it a riposte to our initial fuel economy update, in which James provided a rather sunny forecast.

This time, the MPG clouds are darker.

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2016 BMW 340i: First Fuel Economy Update

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on June 8, 2016

2016 BMW 340i

We've had our long-term 2016 BMW 340i for a little more than a month now and after crunching its fill up figures for the first time, things are looking promising for our fast Bimmer on the fuel economy front.

We've been averaging exactly 24 mpg, a bit less than its EPA combined estimate of 26 mpg. The best we've managed to accomplish is 31.1 mpg, which I did between Los Angeles and Phoenix at speeds not exactly conducive to thrifty fuel economy. With less wind and lower speeds, I think the EPA's highway estimate of 33 mpg is quite do-able. That's really quite incredible for a car with this much power.

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive: Introduction

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on May 11, 2016

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

Compact SUVs are moving off dealer lots as though their cargo holds are packed with free bacon, but they haven't pushed sedans into irrelevancy just yet.

To the contrary, even as those tall wagons gain popularity, the longtime benchmark among entry-level luxury sedans — the BMW 3 Series — is enjoying a streak of record sales over the past few years.

The 2016 BMW 340i is BMW's attempt to further stoke that success by introducing a range of enhancements that reside mostly under the skin. Chief among them is an all-new, more powerful twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine, but there are also revisions to the suspension and steering said to make it sharper without sacrificing comfort.

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