The 2012 BMW 3 Series lineup

The 2012 BMW 328i fuel economy slashed by the feds

When BMW introduced the redesigned 2012 3 Series, the German automaker stated that their internal testing found that the new 328i would offer 36 miles per gallon but after going through the rigors of EPA testing, the company has been forced to lower their advertised fuel economy levels to just 33 miles per gallon – a reduction of almost 10% from where the company planned to be.

The 2012 BMW 328i comes with a 2.0L TwinPower turbocharged 4-cylinder that sends 240 horsepower and 260lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels via an optional 8-speed transmission that features full control with the steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. BMW found in their preliminary testing that this configuration of the 2012 328i would achieve 24 miles per gallon around town and 36 miles per gallon on the open road. However, do you know how those early estimates always have some fine print about how the actual fuel economy will depend on the EPA findings? Well, the EPA has spent time with the new 328i and in their opinion – the BMW fuel economy figures are a shade high.

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