BMW 320xi vs. Toyota Camry

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The new car market can be a confusing place if you aren’t armed with the proper information. Let’s take a look at 2 of the most popular vehicles on the market as we compare the 2017 BMW 320xi with the 2017 Toyota Camry XSE and see which one gives you the most for your money.

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Fuel Economy and Performance

You have to start with the engines when discussing fuel economy, the 2017 BMW 320xi uses the powerful inline 2.0 L 4 cylinder engine, boasting 180 horsepower at 5000 RPMs. Meanwhile, the 2017 Toyota Camry XSE utilizes a 3.4L V6 engine producing 268 horsepower at 6200 RPMs. While the larger engine of the Toyota Camry does produce more horsepower, you also have to get into the higher RPMs until you realize it. Most drivers will not reach the necessary 6200 RPMs during the course of normal driving. However, the real difference comes in the fuel economy, the BMW 320xi gives you 23 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway, while the Toyota Camry gives you 21 MPG in the city and only 30 MPG on the highway.

Part of the advantage of the BMW 320xi is where the torque kicks in. While the Toyota Camry does produce 48 ft-lbs of torque more than the 200 ft-lbs the BMW 320xi does, the BMW 320xi gives it to you at 1250 RPMs while you have to get up to 4700 RPMs before the Toyota Camry reaches its peak torque. Pair that with the 8 speed transmission of the BMW 320xi vs. the 6 speed transmission of the Toyota Camry and not only do you get a more enjoyable driving experience but you get better performance.


All Wheel Drive

During the Midwest winters having an All-Wheel Drive system (AWD) can be a valuable asset to helping you navigate the snow covered streets. The BMW 320xi comes with AWD. AWD is not available on the Toyota Camry. Take a look at this video of the BMW X-Drive platform in action.


Maintenance and Warranty

The BMW 320xi comes with a 4 year/50,000 mile warranty while the Toyota Camry comes with a 3 year/36,000 mile warranty. Both manufactures provide you with a warranty, the BMW 320xi just does it for a little longer.

The big difference comes when you look at maintenance cost. With the Toyota Camry, the owner is responsible for all maintenance costs including oil changes, brake replacements, all vehicle belts and hoses. Meanwhile, the BMW 320xi comes with a 3 year/36,000 maintenance program that covers your scheduled maintenance during that first 3 years/36,000 miles, greatly reducing your initial cost of owenership.

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Since options and equipment preferences can vary by individual we will look at base MSRP prices of the 2017 BMW 320xi and the 2017 Toyota Camry and even compare some current lease offers. The all-wheel drive BMW 320xi has a base MSRP of $35,450 and the non-all-wheel drive Toyota Camry XSE has a base MSRP of $32,235, surprisingly close for what is traditionally considered a value vehicle and a luxury vehicle respectfully.

While MSRP is an important piece of information to consider, the other is what you can actually own the vehicle for. The 2017 Toyota Camry has an advertised lease specials at $368 per month. That 36 month lease requires $3,490 due at signing and a credit score of 800 or better. The 2017 BMW 320xi has an advertised lease special of $269 per month. That lease special also requires $3,944 due at signing. While the base MSRP of the 2017 Toyota Camry is lower than that of the 2017 BMW 320xi, the aggressive lease opportunities that BMW provides allow you to get more vehicle at a lower cost to you.

*Lease offers discussed were retrieved from local dealer websites on 11/7/2016. Due to manufacturer programs changing, the exact lease offers discussed may not be available at this time.

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