The BMW 3 Series vs. the BMW 5 Series: Which Luxury Sedan is Right for You in Jacksonville, FL?

Choosing a BMW sedan is the easy choice to make. Picking the perfect option from the BMW lineup is where you need to have plenty of research done and finding one that fits your lifestyle can be challenging. Here at Tom Bush BMW Jacksonville, conveniently located near Gainesville, we take pride in our BMW lineup. Our goal is to put you at the wheel of a model that suits your specific needs. From performance to comfort, capability to safety, the BMW 3 Series and the BMW 5 Series have plenty to offer. Our expert staff has done the research for you on the model that is right for you, so you can save time, and pick out the one that suits you best. No matter which model you choose, you'll get the same legendary BMW experience that comes in second-to-none!



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3 Series vs 5 Series: Performance

Both models offer a superb driving experience that will make you excited to get behind the wheel on your daily commute to Saint Augustine. The 3 Series is standard with a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine that delivers 255 horsepower and 294 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the 5 Series also boasts a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine but only manages to output 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. However, if you want to go with a higher trim level, the 5 Series has more options to choose from including a hybrid 2.0-liter and a powerful 4.4-liter V8 engine. The 3 Series doesn't offer either of these engine options.

If you're looking for the most efficient option around Jacksonville Beach, the BMW 3 Series is the way to go. With the base engine package, it offers 26/36 mpg city/highway while the 5 Series offers 25/33 mpg city/highway. The BMW 5 Series 530e, the sole hybrid option between the two sedans, offers the best efficiency, but with a higher price tag.

3 Series vs 5 Series: Comfort and Technology

From a spacious point of view, both sedans are very comfortable for up to five passengers. The BMW 3 Series offers more front-row legroom for its passengers while the BMW 5 Series offers more headroom in both rows and more legroom in the back row. If you need to maximize your trunk space to accommodate more grocery bags or other items, the 5 Series is the sedan for you with 18.7 cubic feet of space to the 17 cubic feet in the 3 Series.

If comfort is the name of the game for you, the BMW lineup is stellar across all the sedan options. For instance, both the 3 Series and the 5 Series offer power-adjustable front seats with the former coming standard with 14-way adjustable options, and the latter coming with 16-way front sport seats and two-way power side bolsters. Heated and ventilated seating is available for both options.

Staying connected while on the go is a necessity if you want to enjoy your songs and apps. The BMW 3 Series comes standard with the iDrive 6.0 system and an 8.8-inch touchscreen system. The BMW 5 Series comes with the iDrive 7.0 system and a 10.25-inch touchscreen. If you enjoy intuitive control of Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration, the BMW 5 Series makes it a little easier.

3 Series vs. 5 Series: Safety

Both sedans are designed to prepare you for any situation, including the ones that you have no control over. Each model comes with a package of driver assistance features that help keep an eye on the surroundings, so you're aware of the shifting traffic around you. The 3 Series comes standard with the Active Guard system that includes:

  • Frontal Collision Warning
  • Automatic City Collision Mitigation
  • Lane Departure Warning

Meanwhile, the 5 Series equips the Active Driving Assistant5, which includes all that the 3 Series offers, and adds in:

  • Daytime Pedestrian Protection
  • Active Blind Spot Detection
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

The 5 Series comes standard with more features making it the ideal choice to help keep you and your passengers safe while navigating busy roads.

Test Drive the Right BMW Sedan at Tom Bush BMW Jacksonville near Fernandina Beach

Both the BMW 3 Series and the BMW 5 Series offer plenty of features to keep your driving experience fun and enjoyable. While the BMW 5 Series comes with more standard features and boasts a more powerful array of engine options, the BMW 3 Series comes with a more affordable price tag without sacrificing luxury.

Regardless of your choice, we're happy to put you at the wheel to test drive the option you think best suits your needs. Swing by our dealership today, and we'll put you at the wheel for a test drive!