At one time the gold standard of sports sedans, recently the 3-series has lost a bit of its shine. While it offers a wide range of powertrains (including a hybrid and a diesel) with manual or automatic transmissions and comfortable yet driver-focused interiors, the 3-series lacks the pleasing tactility of previous generations. Available as a sedan or wagon and with rear- or all-wheel drive, the 3-series is still on our short list of recommended rides. For more power, see the M4.