Released in all-new form for 2011, the 2012 BMW 5-Series carries forward this year largely unchanged--with the exception of a new engine in the 528i. New engine or not, however, the BMW 5-Series remains an excellent luxury sedan and a driver's car, earning an overall rating of 8 from MotorAuthority.
With BMW's signature kidney grille dominating the nose, and familiar BMW proportions and details elsewhere, the 5-Series sedan is at once instantly recognizable and somewhat under the radar--unless you opt for the very fast, very imposing M5. With an aggressive aerodynamics treatment and large, lightweight alloy wheels, it's the eye-catcher of the group. The 5-Series GT's somewhat out-of-balance rear might draw objections from some, but it encloses a very useful and well-designed cargo area.
Already introduced in other BMW models, the new 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in the 2012 528i is more powerful and more efficient than the 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder it...
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