2010 BMW
M6
vs. 2011 BMW
335i

2011 BMW 335i

9.8

Winner

BMW 335i

starting from

$42,925
"The engine puts out only 265 horsepower, but manages a whopping 425 pound-feet of torque"
reviews.cnet.com | talking about the 3 Series's engine
"The absence of the Sport package also means the car lacks paddle shifters for the six-speed automatic's manual mode, but we're fine with that, as we never liked BMW's paddle shifters. The transmission still has a sport mode, which does an excellent job of downshifting in anticipation of cornering."
reviews.cnet.com | talking about the 3 Series's transmission

Reasons to buy the BMW 335i

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Good highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Average city fuel efficiency
19 mpg
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Has auxiliary audio input
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Tighter turning radius
36.1 ft
2010 BMW M6

8.8

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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Leather
Standard
Cost 10.0 vs 8.0
2011 BMW 335i Winner: 335i
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  • Gets more than 70% more miles per gallon in the city, 19 mpg vs 11 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $63,300 cheaper (2.5x less), $42,925 vs $106,225
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 BMW 335i Winner: 335i
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  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the 335i; optional upgrade on the M6
  • The 335i has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.5
2011 BMW 335i Winner: 335i
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  • The 335i's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 BMW 335i Winner: 335i
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  • A single tank lasts more than 40% longer, 451 miles vs 315 miles
  • The 335i offers an optional folding rear seat for extra cargo room; not available on the M6
  • The 335i has 2 more cupholders, 4 vs 2
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 BMW 335i Winner: 335i
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the 335i's standard sun roof
Performance 9.2 vs 10.0
2010 BMW M6 Winner: M6
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  • The M6 comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the 335i
  • Around 70% more powerful, 500 HP @ 7,750 RPM vs 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM
  • The M6 's power-to-weight ratio is more than 30% better, providing a sportier ride, 7.8 lb/hp vs 11.9 lb/hp
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Road Tests - vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 8.8

Cost

BMW
335i
2011 BMW 335i
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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MSRP $42,925 vs $106,225 The 335i has a great price, but the M6 is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 11 mpg The 335i 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
335i
2011 BMW 335i
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 335i 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 335i; optional upgrade on the M6
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Roadside assistance system BMW Assist vs BMW Assist

Entertainment System

BMW
335i
2011 BMW 335i
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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Number of speakers 10 vs 13 The M6 has more speakers and the 335i 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 335i, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The 335i 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

Practicality

BMW
335i
2011 BMW 335i
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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Passengers 5 vs 4 The 335i has lots of passenger seats and the M6 is OK, too
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Highway driving range 451 miles vs 315 miles The 335i has OK highway range, but the M6 is very limited
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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 335i 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 335i
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Cupholders 4 vs 2 The 335i 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

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335i
2011 BMW 335i
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the 335i's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Standard Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the M6

Performance

BMW
335i
2011 BMW 335i
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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Horsepower 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM vs 500 HP @ 7,750 RPM The M6 is very powerful, while the 335i is only of average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 7 The M6 has more gears and the 335i 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 335i
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Air compressor Twin turbocharger vs None The 335i's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 11.9 lb/hp vs 7.8 lb/hp The M6 is a sporty car, while the 335i is just average
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.1 ft vs 41.0 ft The 335i can make tight turns, but the M6 takes a little more room to navigate

Crash Test Ratings

BMW
335i
2011 BMW 335i
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
335i
2011 BMW 335i
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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0-60 mph 5.2 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 13.8 s @ 102 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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