by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor on September 16, 2016
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.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on August 8, 2016
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.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on June 8, 2016
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.
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on May 11, 2016
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.