The BMW 335i is one of the most well rounded cars out there. The engine and gearbox are sublime, inviting you to constantly toy with the clutch, shifter and gas pedal. A rigid chassis and the responsive suspension are equally capable of aggressively tackling corners or damping broken pavement at high speeds. Additionally, the interior is comfortable, easy to live with, and finished with simple luxury.
One of the greatest things about the 3-series is its accessibility. Offered as a coupe, wagon, sedan or convertible, you can buy the body style that fits your need and still be assured that you're going to get some of the best chassis dynamics and sweetest powertrains on the market. The price of entry at $40,000 is reasonable, and for those who find it out of reach, there are plenty of low-mileage used options in the $25,000 range.
Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor