2010 BMW
M6
vs. 2011 BMW
328i

2011 BMW 328i

9.7

Winner

BMW 328i

starting from

$37,475
"Delivers a lot of style and performance at the entry level luxury price point of $36,575 for the model we tested."
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"The manual 6-speed combined with a 3.0-liter 230 horsepower, DOHC inline 24-valve 6-cylinder engine produced both power and efficiency"
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Reasons to buy the BMW 328i

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Average highway fuel efficiency
25 mpg
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Has auxiliary audio input
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Tighter turning radius
36.1 ft
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Average city fuel efficiency
17 mpg
2010 BMW M6

9.0

Runner-up

BMW M6

starting from

$106,225

Reasons to buy the BMW M6

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Quite powerful
500 HP @ 7,750 RPM
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Sporty performance
7.8 lb/hp
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Power seats
Standard
Cost 10.0 vs 8.0
2011 BMW 328i Winner: 328i
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  • The best price we've seen is $68,750 cheaper (2.8x less), $37,475 vs $106,225
  • Gets more than 50% more miles per gallon in the city, 17 mpg vs 11 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 BMW 328i Winner: 328i
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  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the 328i; optional upgrade on the M6
  • The 328i has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.5
2011 BMW 328i Winner: 328i
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  • The 328i's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
Performance 8.6 vs 10.0
2010 BMW M6 Winner: M6
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  • More than 2x more powerful, 500 HP @ 7,750 RPM vs 230 HP @ 6,500 RPM
  • The M6 's power-to-weight ratio is 2x better, providing a sportier ride, 7.8 lb/hp vs 15.7 lb/hp
  • The M6 comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the 328i
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 BMW 328i Winner: 328i
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  • The 328i offers an optional folding rear seat for extra cargo room; not available on the M6
  • A single tank lasts around 30% longer, 403 miles vs 315 miles
  • The 328i has 2 more cupholders, 4 vs 2
Luxury Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2010 BMW M6 Winner: M6
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the M6 's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 328i
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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Overall 9.7 vs 9.0

Cost

BMW
328i
2011 BMW 328i
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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MSRP $37,475 vs $106,225 The 328i has a great price, but the M6 is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 11 mpg The 328i has OK city mileage, while the M6 is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Average lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

BMW
328i
2011 BMW 328i
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 4 The 328i has an OK number of airbags while the M6 has very few (missing Rear Curtain)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the 328i; optional upgrade on the M6
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Roadside assistance system BMW Assist vs BMW Assist

Entertainment System

BMW
328i
2011 BMW 328i
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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Number of speakers 10 vs 13 The M6 has more speakers and the 328i is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the M6 's satellite radio; in the 328i, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The 328i can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Performance

BMW
328i
2011 BMW 328i
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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Horsepower 230 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 500 HP @ 7,750 RPM The M6 is very powerful, but the 328i is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 7 The M6 has more gears and the 328i is OK, too
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Standard The M6 comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the 328i
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.7 lb/hp vs 7.8 lb/hp The M6 is a sporty car, but the 328i is sluggish
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The 328i will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the M6
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.1 ft vs 41.0 ft The 328i can make tight turns, but the M6 takes a little more room to navigate

Practicality

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328i
2011 BMW 328i
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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Passengers 5 vs 4 The 328i has lots of passenger seats and the M6 is OK, too
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Highway driving range 403 miles vs 315 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 12.0 ft3 vs 13.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 51.2 ft3 vs 51.5 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Optional vs Not Available The 328i offers an optional folding rear seat for extra cargo room; not available on the M6
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power outlets Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Standard The M6 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the 328i
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Cupholders 4 vs 2 The 328i has an OK number of cupholders while the M6 has very few
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Luxury Features

BMW
328i
2011 BMW 328i
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Optional vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the M6 's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 328i
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

BMW
328i
2011 BMW 328i
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

BMW
328i
2011 BMW 328i
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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0-60 mph 6.3 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.0 s @ 91 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.88 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

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2010 BMW M6 2011 BMW M3 M6 vs M3
2010 BMW M6 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG M6 vs CL63 AMG
2010 BMW M6 2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG M6 vs C63 AMG
2010 BMW M6 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG M6 vs SLS AMG
2011 BMW 328i 2012 Acura TL 328i vs TL
2011 BMW 328i 2011 Lexus IS 250 328i vs IS 250
2011 BMW 328i 2011 Toyota Camry XLE 328i vs Camry XLE
2011 BMW 335i 2011 Audi A5 Premium 335i vs A5 Premium
2011 BMW 335i 2011 Infiniti G37 Sport 335i vs G37 Sport

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