2014 BMW 5 Series

The 2013 BMW 5-Series ranks 7 out of 13 Luxury Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 34 published reviews and test drives of the BMW 5-Series, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.

Test drivers agree that capable performance and a comfortable interior make the 2013 BMW 5-Series a great choice for shoppers who want a luxury car with fun driving dynamics.

The 2013 BMW 528i has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which most test drivers say provides plenty of power. Combined with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, the EPA reports that the 528i gets 24/34 mpg city/highway, which is better than most cars in the class. If you want more power, BMW offers engines that range from a turbocharged six-cylinder in the 535i, to a twin-turbo V8 in the high-performance BMW M5. While prior 5-Series models often set the benchmark for handling among sport sedans, some reviewers write that the current model became larger and less nimble when it was redesigned in 2011. However, others note that the 2013 5-Series offers both athletic handling and a comfortable ride, making it one of the most well rounded luxury large cars. The 2013 5-Series also stands out with one of the best safety scores in the class.

Test drivers say that the 5-Series has an attractive and functional cabin that’s built with upscale materials. Although one auto writer is let down that the 5-Series doesn’t come standard with leather upholstery, others agree that it offers comfortable front seats and a spacious back seat. The 5-Series sedan doesn’t have as much trunk space as cars like the Audi A7 and Infiniti M, and while BMW’s iDrive infotainment system has improved, one test driver says that Mercedes’ COMAND system is still easier to use. The 5-Series comes standard with a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a universal garage door opener and a 10-speaker stereo with Bluetooth. Options and features available in packages include a rearview camera, parking sensors, heated and ventilated front seats, navigation and blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning systems.

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