Relatively unchanged for 2013, the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo mid-size luxury liftback with advanced AWD. Series GT is available with two different engines; a standard 3.0-liter inline V6 engine that produces 300 hp and an optional 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 400 hp. Both engines utilize an 8-speed automatic transmission and double-wishbone multi-link front suspension. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 15 mpg city to 28 mpg highway, depending on engine selection. Features include xenon adaptive headlights, iPod/iPhone integration, 7-speaker HD audio system, brake energy regeneration, active cruise control, night vision with pedestrian recognition, active blind-spot detection, and multi-view camera display. Safety is comprised of anti-lock braking (ABS), advanced airbags, emergency brake assist (BA), stability control, traction control (TCS), brake drying, and tire pressure monitoring (TPMS). The 5 Series Gran Turismo is backed by a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
For 2013, 550i models get a new version of the 4.4L twin-turbocharged V8 engine, making 445 horsepower and 480 pound feet of torque--that's 45 hp and 30 lb-ft more than last year. BMW 5-Series GT models now get engine stop-start, alongside the 5-Series sedans that received it last year, and the 5-Series vehicles get a new Eco Pro driving mode. 5-Series models otherwise get a new user-configurable 10.25-inch multi-function instrument display with Black Panel technology, as well as a new 'contactless' trunk opener, while a new Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system will be optional.
Eco-conscious performance; responsive handling; refined, luxurious interior; active-safety features; leading-edge tech options
The BMW 5-Series stands out as a traditional luxury sport sedan that not only offers strong, uncompromised performance but also some leading-edge safety and connectivity technology. And increasingly so, the 5-Series has an advantage over most of its rivals in that it offers more fuel-saving measures than most other sport sedans--with items such as Auto Start/Stop, turbocharging, direct injection and a special "Eco Pro" driving mode combining to provide significant gains in gas mileage. Otherwise, the 5-Series sedans offer more comfortable, refined cabins than some other sport sedans, and the 5-Series Gran Turismo body style is a good pick for those who want a little more cargo flexibility.