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Used Car: 2013 BMW 5-Series Review

Review Last Updated: 4/3/15

The 2013 BMW 5-Series gets great fuel economy, and auto writers said its nimble handling makes it one of the more engaging cars to drive in the class.

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The base 2013 BMW 528i comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and reviewers were impressed with the lively acceleration it provides. They were even more pleased with the acceleration of the 535i, which has a turbocharged six-cylinder engine. The 550i and high-performance M5 both have twin-turbocharged V8 engines, and test drivers agreed that both models have incredible power. The 2013 BMW 5-Series Hybrid is reviewed separately. The 5-Series comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, but a six-speed manual and all-wheel drive are both available. According to the EPA, the 528i gets 24/34 mpg city/highway, which is great for a 2013 luxury large car. Most critics agreed that the 2013 5-Series’ nimble handling and comfortable ride make it one of the more enjoyable cars to drive in the class, though a few critics mentioned that its steering doesn’t offer much road feedback.

The 2013 BMW 5-Series is available in sedan and Gran Turismo (hatchback) body styles. Reviewers wrote that the 5-Series’ interior has upscale materials and plenty of passenger space in the front and back seats. Most critics also found the standard iDrive infotainment system easy to use. Other standard features include leatherette upholstery, a moonroof, a USB port and Bluetooth. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, a rearview camera, side- and top-view cameras, front and rear parking sensors, a  head-up display, navigation, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and night vision with pedestrian detection. The 5-Series sedan’s trunk is small for the class, but the Gran Turismo hatchback has an enormous cargo area.

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The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a larger trunk than the 5-Series sedan, and the E-Class has an excellent reliability rating for the class. Automotive journalists were pleased with the E-Class’ supple ride and sophisticated interior design.

Like the 5-Series, the 2013 Audi A6 gets great fuel economy for the class and reviewers noted that it has athletic handling and a comfortable ride. Test drivers also appreciated the A6’s roomy cabin and gorgeous, top-quality materials.

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