Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Toyota Camry VS 2015 BMW 3 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Toyota Camry

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2015 BMW 3

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Camry are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

To help make backing safer, the Camry XSE/XLE’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Camry and the 3 Series Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Toyota Camry is safer than the 3 Series Sedan:


3 Series Sedan

Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Head injury index



Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation



Max Chest Compression

20 cm

21 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Femur Force R/L

1.5/1 kN

1.95/2.26 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Lower Leg Evaluation



Tibia index R/L



Tibia forces R/L

3.6/2.1 kN

4/5 kN

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Camry its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2015, a rating granted to only 47 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 3 Series Sedan is not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2015.

Warranty Comparison

Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Camry 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 3 Series Sedan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 3 Series Sedan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 3 times as many Toyota dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camry’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Toyota Camry V6’s reliability will be 67% better than the BMW 3 Series Sedan 2WD 320i/328i and the Toyota Camry 4 cyl. is 37% better than the BMW 3 Series Sedan Diesel.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camry third among midsize cars in their 2014 Initial Quality Study. The 3 Series Sedan isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 8th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota third in reliability, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 18th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Camry V6 is faster than the 320i (automatics tested):


3 Series Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.2 sec

11.6 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.8 sec

3.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100.6 MPH

90.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Camry uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 3 Series Sedan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Camry has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the 3 Series Sedan ActiveHybrid/diesel’s standard fuel tank (17 vs. 15 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Camry has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the 3 Series Sedan’s standard fuel tank (17 vs. 15.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Camry stops much shorter than the 3 Series Sedan:


3 Series Sedan

70 to 0 MPH

178 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

132 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camry is 2.1 inches wider in the front and .1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the 3 Series Sedan.

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Toyota Camry amounts to more than styling. The Camry has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .28 Cd. That is lower than the 3 Series Sedan (.29 to .3) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Camry get better fuel mileage.

As tested by AutoWeek, the interior of the Camry SE is quieter than the 328i:


3 Series Sedan

At idle

41 dB

51 dB


73 dB

75 dB

60 MPH Cruising

64 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Camry is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the 3 Series Sedan is rated a Compact.

The Camry has 6.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 3 Series Sedan (102.7 vs. 96).

The Camry has 2.9 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 3.8 inches more rear legroom and 1.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the 3 Series Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Camry has a much larger trunk than the 3 Series Sedan (15.4 vs. 13 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

Consumer Reports rated the Camry’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the 3 Series Sedan’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Camry has standard extendable sun visors. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Camry owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Camry will cost $755 to $4110 less than the 3 Series Sedan over a five-year period.

The Camry will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Camry will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the 3 Series Sedan.


3 Series Sedan

Five Year

39% to 50%

29% to 35%

Three Year

49% to 62%

43% to 53%

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Camry will be $11485 to $20535 less than for the BMW 3 Series Sedan.

Recommendations Comparison

The Toyota Camry has won recognition from these important consumer publications:


3 Series Sedan

Consumer Reports® Recommends



Kiplinger’s Awards



Motor Trend selected the Camry as their 2007 Car of the Year. The 3 Series has never been chosen.

The Toyota Camry outsold the BMW 3 and 4 Series by over three to one during 2014.

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