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  • 2012 BMW 3-Series

    #5 in 2012 Luxury Small Cars

  • 2012 Infiniti G37

    #6 in 2012 Luxury Midsize Cars

  • 2012 Nissan Maxima

    #4 in 2012 Affordable Large Cars

  • Prices

    • MSRP
    • $34,900
    • $33,100
    • $32,420
    • Avg. Paid
    • $9,199
    • $8,017
    • $8,711

    U.S. News Scores

    • Overall
    • 8.2 /10
    • 8.0 /10
    • 8.2 /10
    • Critics' Rating
    • 9.6 /10
    • 9.2 /10
    • 8.0 /10
    • Performance
    • 8.6 /10
    • 8.9 /10
    • 8.2 /10
    • Interior
    • 7.6 /10
    • 8.3 /10
    • 8.0 /10
    • Cost to Own
    • 8.4 /10
    • 8.7 /10
    • 9.0 /10
    • Safety
    • 8.9 /10
    • 8.9 /10
    • 8.3 /10
    • Reliability
    • 3.0 /5
    • 2.5 /5
    • 4.0 /5

    Pros & Cons

    • Pros
      • Powerful engine choices
      • Excellent fuel economy
      • Superb handling
      • Crisp handling
      • Sleek, upscale interior
      • Powerful standard V6
    • Cons
      • Leather isn’t standard
      • Uninhabitable back seat in coupe and convertible
      • Limited rear-seat headroom
      • Noticeable torque steer in corners
      • Low fuel economy for the class

    General Specs

    • Transmission
    • Manual
    • Automatic
    • Automatic
    • Drivetrain
    • Rear Wheel Drive
    • Rear-Wheel Drive
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Fuel/Engine
    • Turbocharged Gas I4 2.0L/122
    • Gas V6 2.5L/152
    • Gas V6 3.5L/- TBD -
    • MPG
    • 23 City / 34 Hwy
    • 20 City / 29 Hwy
    • 19 City / 26 Hwy

    Exterior

    Body
    • Body Style
    • Sedan
    • 4 Door Sedan
    • 4 Door Sedan
    Dimensions
    • Wheelbase (in.)
    • 110.6
    • 112.2
    • 109.3
    • Length, Overall (in.)
    • 182.5
    • 187.9
    • 190.6
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in.)
    • 71.3
    • 69.8
    • 73.2
    • Height, Overall (in.)
    • 56.3
    • 57.2
    • 57.8
    Doors & Windows
    • Rear Defrost
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Windows
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Exterior Features
    • Sun/Moon Roof
    • Optional
    •  
    • Standard
    • Sun/Moonroof
    • Optional
    •  
    • Standard
    • Rear Spoiler
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    Measurements
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs.)
    • 3406
    • 3534
    • 3540
    Tires & Wheels
    • Tires - Front Performance
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Tires - Rear Performance
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Compact Spare Tire
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Aluminum Wheels
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW

    Interior

    Convenience & Comfort
    • Alarm
    • Optional
    •  
    • Standard
    • Auxiliary Pwr Outlet
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Back-Up Camera
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Cruise Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Heads-Up Display
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Fog Lamps
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Auto-Off Headlights
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • HID headlights
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Keyless Start
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Parking Aid
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Front Reading Lamps
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Reading Lamps
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Adjustable Steering Wheel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Steering Wheel Controls
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Trip Computer
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Remote Trunk Release
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Universal Garage Door Opener
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Intermittent Wipers
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rain Sensing Wipers
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Keyless Entry
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Door Locks
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Electrochromic rearview mirror
    • Optional
    •  
    • Standard
    • Heated Mirrors
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Power Mirrors
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Driver Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Steering
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Dimensions
    • Passenger Capacity
    • 5
    • 5
    • 5
    • Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)
    • - TBD -
    • 99.0
    • 95.8
    • Front Head Room (in.)
    • 40.3
    • 40.5
    • 38.5
    • Front Leg Room (in.)
    • 42.0
    • 43.9
    • 43.8
    • Front Shoulder Room (in.)
    • 55.1
    • 55.6
    • 56.3
    • Front Hip Room (in.)
    • - TBD -
    • 55.1
    • 53.4
    • Second Head Room (in.)
    • 37.7
    • 37.7
    • 36.4
    • Second Leg Room (in.)
    • 35.1
    • 34.7
    • 34.6
    • Second Shoulder Room (in.)
    • 55.1
    • 55.2
    • 55.1
    • Second Hip Room (in.)
    • - TBD -
    • 53.7
    • 53.9
    • Trunk Volume (cu. ft.)
    • 17.0
    • 13.5
    • 14.2
    Entertainment
    • AM/FM Stereo
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Auxiliary Audio Input
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • CD Changer
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • CD Player
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • HD Radio
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • MP3 Player
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Satellite Radio
    • Optional
    • Standard
    •  
    • Premium Sound System
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    Heating & Cooling
    • Climate Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Dual Zone A/C
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • A/C
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear A/C
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    Navigation & Communication
    • Navigation System
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Onboard Hands-Free Communications System
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Wireless Cell Phone Hookup
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    Seats
    • Cloth Seats
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Leather Seats
    • Optional
    • Standard
    •  
    • Premium Synthetic Seats
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Heated Front Seats
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Heated Rear Seat
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Driver Lumbar
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Lumbar
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Seat Memory
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Power Driver Seat
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Passenger Seat
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Pass-Through Rear Seat
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 2nd Row Bench Seat
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Bucket Seats
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW

    Safety

    Airbags
    • Driver Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Front Head Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Head Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Front Side Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Brakes
    • 4-Wheel ABS
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Safety Features
    • Brake Assist
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Electronic Stability Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Daytime Running Lights
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Child Safety Locks
    • Standard
    •  
    • Standard
    • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Front Tow Hooks
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Traction Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Emergency Trunk Release
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Blind Spot Monitor
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Auto-Leveling Headlights
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Lane Departure Warning
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW

    Mechanical

    Engine & Performance
    • Front Wheel Drive
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Rear Wheel Drive
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • 4 Cylinder Engine
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • V6 Cylinder Engine
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Turbocharged
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Engine Type
    • Turbocharged Gas I4
    • Gas V6
    • Gas V6
    • Displacement
    • 2.0L/122
    • 2.5L/152
    • 3.5L/- TBD -
    • Horsepower (Net @ RPM)
    • 240 @ 5000
    • 218 @ 6400
    • 290 @ 6400
    • Torque (Net @ RPM)
    • 255 @ 1250 - 4800
    • 187 @ 4800
    • 261 @ 4400
    • Transmission
    • Manual
    • Automatic w/OD
    • Continuously Variable
    • Turning diameter
    • - TBD -
    • 35.4
    • 37.4
    Fuel
    • Gasoline Fuel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
    • 23
    • 20
    • 19
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
    • 34
    • 29
    • 26
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal.)
    • 15.8
    • 20.0
    • 20.0
    Suspension
    • Suspension Type - Front
    • MacPherson Strut
    • Double Wishbone
    • Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear
    • 5-Link
    • Independent Multi-Link
    • Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
    •  
    • w/Stabilizer Bar
    • w/Coil Springs
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
    •  
    • w/Stabilizer Bar
    • w/Coil Springs
    Transmission
    • Automatic
    • Optional
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode
    • Optional
    • Standard
    •  
    • 7-Speed Automatic
    •  
    • Standard
    •  
    • 8-Speed Automatic
    • Optional
    •  
    •  
    • Continuously Variable Trans
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Manual
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • 6-Speed Manual
    • Standard
    •  
    •  

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