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BMW 3 Series Generations

Each BMW 3 Series generation, representing the timeframe between each 3 Series redesign, is listed below. Use this list to see which is the most reliable and safest 3 Series generation based on iSeeCars' data-driven ratings.

The BMW 3 Series is a compact sedan last redesigned in 2019. It is also available as a wagon and a hatchback. The latest generation is powered by a 2.0L engine that makes 255 hp and delivers up to 33 mpg. A 3.0L engine that makes 382 hp and offers up to 31 mpg is also available. A new BMW 3 Series has a starting MSRP of $44,500, and used prices for this generation of BMW 3 Series range from $21,519 to $65,304. This era of BMW 3 Series earns an iSeeCars Generations Rating of 9.1, which takes both reliability and safety into consideration.

The previous BMW 3 Series generation is a compact sedan produced from 2012 to 2018. It is also available as a wagon and a hatchback. This generation is powered by a 2.0L engine that makes 180 hp and delivers up to 34 mpg. Used car pricing for this generation ranges from $6,791 to $31,993. This era of BMW 3 Series earns an iSeeCars Generations Rating of 9.2.

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The BMW 3 Series is a compact sedan last redesigned in 2019. It is also available as a wagon and a hatchback. The latest generation is powered by a 2.0L engine that makes 255 hp and delivers up to 33 mpg. A 3.0L engine that makes 382 hp and offers up to 31 mpg is also available. A new BMW 3 Series has a starting MSRP of $44,500, and used prices for this generation of BMW 3 Series range from $21,519 to $65,304. This era of BMW 3 Series earns an iSeeCars Generations Rating of 9.1, which takes both reliability and safety into consideration.

The previous BMW 3 Series generation is a compact sedan produced from 2012 to 2018. It is also available as a wagon and a hatchback. This generation is powered by a 2.0L engine that makes 180 hp and delivers up to 34 mpg. Used car pricing for this generation ranges from $6,791 to $31,993. This era of BMW 3 Series earns an iSeeCars Generations Rating of 9.2.

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iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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9.1 / 10
  • Reliability 8.2 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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9.0 / 10
  • Reliability 8.0 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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9.2 / 10
  • Reliability 8.4 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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9.1 / 10
  • Reliability 8.1 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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9.2 / 10
  • Reliability 8.4 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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9.0 / 10
  • Reliability 8.0 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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9.2 / 10
  • Reliability 8.4 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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9.0 / 10
  • Reliability 8.1 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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9.0 / 10
  • Reliability 8.0 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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8.7 / 10
  • Reliability 7.5 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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  • Reliability 8.5 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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  • Reliability 8.3 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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  • Reliability 8.0 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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  • Reliability 7.5 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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  • Reliability 8.5 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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  • Reliability 8.4 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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  • Reliability 8.1 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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  • Reliability 8.1 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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  • Reliability 7.6 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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  • Reliability 8.9 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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  • Reliability 8.1 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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  • Reliability 8.5 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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  • Reliability 7.6 / 10
  • Safety Not Available
iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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iSEECARS Generations Rating

iSeeCars Generations Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle generation lasts, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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How We Rank These Cars

iSeeCars Generations Rating is calculated based on the latest research from our data science team.

The iSeeCars Generations Rating is an analysis of two factors: reliability and safety. It is calculated for each model generation based on the analysis of over 312 million cars using a proprietary mathematical model that estimated the probability that each vehicle would survive to various mileage thresholds. This survival model was used to calculate the average lifespan of each vehicle generation, which forms the basis of the reliability score. The safety score is based on NHTSA safety ratings.

Vehicles are scored in two categories:

Reliability | 50%

The reliability score represents an analysis of iSeeCars' proprietary research on the longest-lasting vehicles.

Safety | 50%

The safety score is calculated based on the last five years of crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and incorporates the latest Top Safety Pick information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).