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      01-07-2013, 05:15 PM   #82
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Originally Posted by sean10mm View Post
Ask the EPA I guess? They classify them by internal volume and the 3er is a "compact" by their definition.

http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/bycla...lassList.shtml
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car_cla...cation_methods
By the HLDI's definition in your link, the F30 should be a Midsize car.

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Midsize: Length 457.3495.3 cm (180195 in) and wheelbase 266.8279.4 cm (105110 in)
F30
Length = 182 inches
Wheelbase = 110.6 inches

In terms of wheelbase alone, it would classify as a Large car by that same definition.

Point being, it seems a little silly referring to a car that large as a compact.
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