Exploring the Highways and Byways of America in a 2016 BMW 328i
Beginning late last month, we had the pleasure of setting out on a 10-day, 5,600-mile road trip, photographing the BMW 328i for the fine folks at Avis. Our epic trip began in Jacksonville,FL – setting off on a two and a half day, 2,500 mile sprint to Scottsdale, AZ. We spent a few days in and around Scottsdale, photographing a corporate event for Avis, and then spent four days on a rather circuitous 3,000 mile route back to Jacksonville, hitting several national parks and scenic drives in our BMW 328i along the way.
All in all, the trip was a wonderful adventure – the BMW 328i, as I have come to expect from Avis, was generously equipped with tech and comfort upgrades from the base BMW 328i. Perhaps the best upgrade was the integrated navigation system that made navigating the cell-coverage-deficient western expanse a breeze. The BMW 328i provided a great combination of lively performance, comfortable ergonomics, capable tech and frugal fuel economy. The 240hp Turbocharged Inline 4 was surprisingly peppy – offering a largely lag-free experience, even under hard acceleration. The posted 0-60 time is just 5.8 seconds – which in itself isn’t a spectacular number, but when combined with the 34.0 mpg combined mileage we recorded (including a generous amount of stop and go, vigorous mountain driving, and ample idling to take photos) it’s a pretty impressive mingling of performance and economy. The on-board tech was also impressive, with a slew of BMW connected apps, metrics, diagnostic tools, and a powerful real-time GPS system. As far as comfort goes, the upgraded leather sports seats provided a good balance of support and comfort – even during those long 6-hour, non-stop legs between fill-ups.
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The Avis Grand Circle Tour – 5,600 Miles in a BMW 328i
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