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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: Head-Up Display Is Pretty Neat

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on August 26, 2016

2016 BMW 340i

Our 2016 BMW 340i test vehicle is jam-packed with optional features. As noted in our introduction of this vehicle, it's jam-packed enough to cost a rather eye-popping $59,920. But we did get a lot of cool stuff for that price, and one of the items that has pleasantly surprised me is the head-up display.

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2016 BMW 340i: Easy-to-See and Unobtrusive Blind-Spot Indicators

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on August 3, 2016

2016 BMW 340i

Most vehicles these days can be equipped with a blind-spot monitoring system. Blind-spot monitoring uses radar sensors to identify when another vehicle is in your left or right blind spot (i.e., the locations behind and over your shoulders that might not get covered with the vehicle's mirrors) and then gives you a warning if you attempt to change lanes. It can be a helpful safety feature, but certain systems are more useful than others.

I happen to like the one in our long-term 2016 BMW 340i, for two reasons.

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2016 BMW 340i: Front Cameras Foil Ambushes

by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor on July 8, 2016

2016 BMW 340i

Thanks to the miracle of digital cameras, the need for well-honed, organic spatial awareness has faded for new and/or developing drivers. Backup cameras will be mandated on all new vehicles beginning 2018, and many manufacturers have already gone far and beyond future regulations, just as our long-term 2016 BMW 340i has.

While my personal beliefs rest in requiring people to learn how to drive with as few electronic crutches as possible, there are a few driving scenarios where the technology provides safety benefits beyond a driver's a skill or experience.

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2016 BMW 340i: Adaptive Cruise Control is Just OK

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on May 31, 2016

2016 BMW 340i

A great adaptive cruise control can make a road trip a far more pleasant experience, reducing fatigue and limiting the aggravation caused by left lane hogs and drivers who can't seem to figure out how to maintain their speed.

On the other hand, a bad adaptive cruise control system can infuriate, leaving too much space to the car ahead, slamming on the brakes when it isn't necessary and being slow to speed up once again.

In my experience, Mercedes-Benz's Distronic Plus is one of the best systems of its kind while Honda's adaptive cruise control is one of the least helpful. The "Active" Cruise Control system in our 2016 BMW 340i is somewhere in between.

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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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