2013 BMW 328i M Sport vs. 2013 Cadillac ATS 2.0 Premium vs. 2014 Lexus IS 250 F Sport

3-Series | May 15th, 2013 by 5
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Edmunds sets out to find out the best sport sedan for $45,000. In the comparison, the 2013 BMW 328i M Sport is pitted against the …

Edmunds sets out to find out the best sport sedan for $45,000.

In the comparison, the 2013 BMW 328i M Sport is pitted against the Cadillac ATS 2.0 Premium and the Lexus IS 250 F Sport. The BMW 328i is also powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbocharged unit outputting 240 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque.

The M Sport package adds 18-inch or 19-inch lightweight wheels as an option.

Included in the M Sport pack is an M-tuned suspension which lowers the car by ten millimeters and offers stiffer spring rates and damper settings as well as stronger stabilizer bars. BMW says the decision to include M Sport brakes as standard has yet to be determined.

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BMW Individual High-gloss Shadowline trim gives the car the typical M look. An optional M paint is also offered – Estoril Blue, as well as M Sport brakes with contrasting blue paint finish.

Here is an excerpt from the review:

The Reigning King: 2013 BMW 328i

BMW’s iconic 3 Series got a thorough redesign for 2012 that brought with it dramatic new headlights, an updated interior with a cockpit angled toward the driver (by 7 degrees, says BMW), a larger footprint, more interior space and most importantly, a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder hooked to an eight-speed automatic.

This new 240-horsepower power plant doesn’t mean this 3 Series is any cheaper, though, as it starts at $37,745. Tacking on the necessary-for-this-test M Sport Line trim (18-inch wheels, summer tires, sport suspension, sport seats, special wheels) adds $3,850 and gets dangerously close to our limit. BMW finished off the budget with the Premium package and heated front seats for a total cost of $45,745.

Best $45,000 Sport Sedan

The 328 has standard dual-zone climate control, auto stop-start and an iPod interface, but there’s no navigation system. No back-up cameras/sensors either. No shift paddles. No goodies.

This is as basic a 3 Series as you’re likely to find short of a custom order.

BMW 328
Cadillac ATS
Lexus IS 250
Price as tested
0-60 (sec.)
13.8 @ 97.7
14.5 @ 93.9
15.6 @ 89.0
60-0 braking (ft.)
Slalom (mph)
Skid pad (g)
Edmunds fuel economy (mpg)

Full review at Edmunds