Completely new for the 2011 model year, the 5-Series and its not-quite-a-wagon 5-Series GT sister are once again setting benchmarks for the mid-size luxury class. Despite a wide range of available features and plush comfort, the 5-Series is still the driver's car of the segment, and that's why MotorAuthority rates the 2011 model an 8.
There's no wagon for the 2011 model year, as BMW has dropped the 5-Series Touring in favor of the funky 5-Series GT. The GT stands for "Gran Turismo," and as the name implies, it's meant as a luxurious four-person tourer with room for a weekend's luggage. While not everyone loves the proportions of the 5-Series GT, some definitely do, and the polarizing factor in itself may draw some.
The sedan is more conservative in its styling, but manages to look sportier and more expressive than its predecessor. There's no M5 for 2011, however, so a truly aggressive look will have to wait until 2012.
Power for the new 5-Series comes in three forms: a 3.0-liter...