Year after year, BMWs populate more "Best Car" lists than any other manufacturer, and the 3-series is the gold standard of compact sport sedans. But this year's version has received only faint praise for its lack of breakthrough innovation, and jurors will be looking for other manufacturers to elevate to the pantheon.
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