Pros & Cons

  • Strong, fuel-efficient engine lineup
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Roomy cabin
  • Good reliability rating


  • Some cheap materials in base model


New for 2014

  • Redesigned Sports Wagon rejoined lineup
  • Four-cylinder diesel engine became available in sedan and wagon
  • New four-door Gran Turismo hatchback
  • 3-Series coupe and convertible became new 4-Series




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 8.9
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2014 BMW 3-Series Overview

Is the 2014 BMW 3 Series a Good Used Car?

With athletic road manners, an excellent reliability rating, and an accommodating cabin, it’s hard to find a reason not to get a used 3 Series. However, stay away from the base model and its cheap interior.

The 3 Series offers a range of potent turbocharged engines, with output ranging from 180 to 300 horsepower in the mainstream models: 320i, 328i, 328d, and 335i. The base 320i’s engine is powerful enough, but the 328i’s turbo-four gives you 60 extra horsepower with little decrease in gas mileage. Depending on the powertrain, expect 20-31 mpg in the city and 30-43 mpg on the highway. The 3 Series maintains its grip through turns with sharp handling. The 3 Series also has a comfortable ride, particularly in the sedan body style. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, and xDrive models have all-wheel drive.

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Whether you choose the sedan, Sport Wagon, or Gran Turismo hatchback, the 3 Series has room for five. The seats are comfortable, even for rear-seat passengers. Leatherette upholstery comes standard, but leather seats are available. If you’re not a fan of low-rent interior trim, stay away from the base model, the 320i. There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection in the middle seat.

Standard features include Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, and dual-zone automatic climate control. BMW’s user-friendly iDrive infotainment system is also standard and uses a 6.5-inch display mounted atop the center stack. Some useful add-ons are available, like adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, and navigation. While the sedan’s trunk space is good for the class, the Sport Wagon and the Gran Turismo offer more than 50 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, which is excellent for the segment.

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Used 2014 BMW 3 Series Prices

Prices on a used 2014 3 Series range from about $13,700 to just over $23,800, depending on the trim, condition, mileage, and location of the vehicle. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 BMW 3 Series?

The 2014 BMW 3 Series earns a four out of five for reliability from J.D. Power and Associates. That’s a better score than most cars, particularly the 3 Series’ classmates.

How Safe Is the 3 Series?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the 2014 3 Series the highest score of Good in four of its five test categories. It earns a Marginal rating for the small overlap front test, which evaluates crashworthiness during a collision to the front corner of the vehicle with an object like a telephone pole, tree, or corner of another vehicle.

Rain-sensing windshield wipers and an automatic collision notification come standard. Some models have adaptive cruise control and a rearview camera with front and rear parking sensors.

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Should I Consider Another Used 3 Series?

The 2014 BMW 3 Series is part of the 3 Series' sixth generation, which starts with the 2012 model year and includes the 2017 model. You can save some money by going for a 2012 or 2013 model. However, for the 2012 model year, the base 320i trim was not available. The Sports Wagon model was redesigned for 2014, so older versions will be in the previous generation's design. The Gran Turismo hatchback model was all-new for 2014, and 2014 was also the first year the diesel engine was available.

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Which Used BMW 3 Series Is Right for Me?

The 2014 BMW 3 Series comes in three body styles: sedan, Sport Wagon, and Gran Turismo (hatchback). There are several trims, primarily defined by powertrain: 320i, 328i, 328d, and 335i. For most shoppers, the 328i is the best value. Its engine delivers 60 extra horsepower over the base engine, with only a slight drop in fuel economy. You’ll also get an upgraded sound system, and 328i models have a greater range of available features.

For more peace of mind, consider a certified pre-owned car. The BMW CPO program has three levels based on the vehicle’s age and the number of miles on the odometer: Certified Pre-Owned Elite, Certified Pre-Owned, and Pre-Owned. Each level receives the balance of the original new-car warranty. Certified Pre-Owned Elite vehicles get an additional one-year/25,000-mile warranty, while Certified Pre-Owned models receive an additional two-year/50,000-mile warranty. Pre-Owned BMWs receive no additional coverage. Each BMW undergoes an inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the BMW warranty page carefully.

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2014 BMW 3 Series and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 BMW 3 Series or 2014 Audi A4?

The 3 Series and the Audi A4 have much in common, including respectable engine power and an even balance of ride comfort and handling ability. However, the 3 Series makes a better choice for most shoppers. If you’re looking for a user-friendly infotainment system, you’ll like the 3 Series better. The A4’s touch-screen system requires too many steps for some basic audio and climate adjustments. Also, the 3 Series delivers better highway gas mileage.

Which Is Better: 2014 BMW 3 Series or 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

Though it’s a close call, you’re better off with the 3 Series over the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The C-Class’ lackluster base engine is merely adequate for day-to-day driving, with fuel economy that’s worse than the base 3 Series’. The C-Class handles turns with agility, and its ride quality ranges from firm to smooth, depending on the trim. While the front seats are comfortable, the rear seats are tight compared to the 3 Series. Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system works easily. However, switching back and forth from its dash- to console-mounted controls takes some getting used to.

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