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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 January 2017

by Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

Where Did We Drive It?
January was a busy month for our all-wheel-drive 2016 BMW 340i xDrive, and as the miles have steadily piled on, we've grown accustomed to the character of BMW's most popular sedan. Along the way, we've noticed some of the smaller details that long-term tests are designed to highlight, and we've even discovered some new quirks. In particular, Southern California's once-in-a-decade winter rainstorms wreaked havoc on our already challenged roads and brought forth an issue that many in snow country will surely experience.

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive: Monthly Update for December 2016

by 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: Monthly Update for November 2016

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

2016 BMW 340i

Where Did We Drive It?
We drove our 2016 BMW 340i about 1,500 miles during the month of November. It was an an uneventful month, truth be told. But it rained here in Southern California (something of an event!) and that gave us a chance to test out our car's traction-enhancing all-wheel drive. We also visited a BMW dealership for some warranty work and impressed visiting family members during Thanksgiving. All and all, it was a solid month for our 340i.

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive: Monthly Update for October 2016

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on November 14, 2016

2016 BMW 340i xDrive

Where Did We Drive It?
In October our long-term 2016 BMW 340i xDrive pointed north for a sojourn in Vancouver, British Columbia. It ventured there with a few stops in each state along the way. After all, in the parlance of billiards, there's a lot of green between there and here.

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2016 BMW 340i: Answers from the Road

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on August 30, 2016

2016 BMW 340i

Before I embarked on my Pacific Northwest road trip, I asked you all what you wanted to know about our 2016 BMW 340i.

Got your answers right here.

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2016 BMW 340i: A Very Potent 320 Horsepower

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on August 9, 2016

2016 BMW 340i

Plenty of luxury sedans can be had with engines that produce more than 300 horsepower these days. But finding one that can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds is a lot harder. Our 2016 BMW 340i did just that in our instrumented testing, yet it's rated at a mere 320 hp. Typically, you'd have to shop cars packing closer to 400 hp to get similar performance.

Somewhere within in the depths of BMW's engineering offices, there's got to be a motivational poster with a picture of a kitten poking its head out of a box and text below reading: "Underpromise and Overdeliver."

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2016 BMW 340i: Oozes Competence

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on July 29, 2016

2016 BMW 340i

This job is all about picking nits. Drive a car, look for shortcomings, report on said shortcomings. So when I find it hard to say something about our long-term 2016 BMW 340i, that says something.

It's a car that does what it does at a high level of accomplishment. You might call this excellence, and I won't disagree.

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2016 BMW 340i: More Engine Than You'll Ever Need

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on June 30, 2016

2016 BMW 340i

It's easy to forget that our 2016 BMW 340i has well over 300 horsepower on tap. You don't hear any roar from the exhaust when it starts, and even when you get into it on the highway it remains relatively subdued.

Don't let the silence fool you. This is a very fast sedan that could flat out embarrass cars that boast far bigger engines that make considerably more noise.

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2016 BMW 340i: Whoa, Wait, How Fast Is It?

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on May 24, 2016

2016 BMW 340i

You might have seen the recent post that details our new long-term 2016 BMW 340i's performance at the test track. Hopefully, you noted its 0-60 time: 4.4 seconds. Or, 4.1 seconds with 1 foot of roll-out, which is how enthusiast publications would report it.

Either way, holy Bavarian cow. 4.4 seconds! Allow me to put that into perspective.

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2016 BMW 340i: Great Transmission, But ...

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on May 19, 2015

2016 BMW 340i

The eight-speed automatic transmission in our 2016 BMW 340i is excellent. Like virtually every BMW model in which it resides, this transmission is refreshingly quick to respond to throttle inputs, happily downshifts at moments when other gearboxes would be slow on the trigger, and is just generally less hell-bent on saving fuel despite the driver's acceleration intentions.

Despite all that, however, it's the wrong transmission. I'm sorry (not sorry), but I want the no-cost optional six-speed manual transmission in a 3 Series.

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2016 BMW 340i: Performance Tested

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on May 17, 2015

2016 BMW 340i

Our newest long-term car, a 2016 BMW 340i, replaces the smaller, sportier 2015 BMW M235i in our hearts, minds and test fleet. We opted to go full luxury with regards to options with the 340i, but that doesn't mean all of the inherent BMW sportiness has been tuned out. In fact, the 340i posts better numbers than some purpose-built sports cars.

The 3 Series has always been one of the best performing sedans on the market. Read ahead to see our breakdown of the latest one.

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive: Introduction

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on May 11, 2015

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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