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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan EcoStandard
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan EcoStandard 20 21 N/A $102,000
4-Door Sedan EcoSport 20 21 N/A $110,000
4-Door Sedan EcoChic 20 21 N/A $115,000
4-Door Sedan 528i RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 528i 23 34 $43,150 $46,900
4-Door Sedan AWD 528i xDrive 22 32 $45,265 $49,200
4-Door Sedan RWD 535i 20 30 $48,300 $52,500
4-Door Sedan AWD 535i xDrive 21 30 $50,415 $54,800
4-Door Sedan RWD 550i 15 22 $57,040 $62,000
4-Door Sedan AWD 550i xDrive 15 20 $59,155 $64,300
4-Door Sedan RWD ActiveHybrid 5 23 30 $56,075 $60,950
Pricing
Invoice Price
N/A
$43,150
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$102,000
$46,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1700 / month
$782 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Fisker Karma is a curious and unique beast, a stylish, luxurious, and pricey sedan with 32 miles of electric range, low gasoline efficiency, and a tiny interior and trunk The 2012 BMW 5-Series appears somewhat conservative on the outside, but it packs an armada of advanced-tech firepower, and new fuel-efficient engines, without interrupting its sport-sedan mission.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 20 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 21 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Subcompact Mid-Size
Number of Passenger Doors 4 4
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity 4 5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 31.4 36.1
Front Head Room (in) 38.3 39.1
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) - TBD - 58.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) 88.8 100.5
Second Head Room (in) 35.7 38.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) - TBD - 56.2
Front Leg Room (in) 42.6 41.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 67.0 64.1
Wheelbase (in) 124.4 116.9
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 78.1 73.2
Track Width, Front (in) 66.6 63.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.6 5.6
Length, Overall (in) 196.8 193.1
Height, Overall (in) 52.4 57.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 6.9 18.4
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 14.4 x 1.1 13.0 x 0.8
Brake Type Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 14.6 x 1.3 13.0 x 0.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 9.0 18.5
Steering
Steering Type Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion Power Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 41.1 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.5-16.1 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 40.4 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P285/35R22 225/55R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P255/35R22 225/55R17
Spare Tire Size NA NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 5300 3814
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 22 x 9.5 17 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 22 x 8.5 17 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 10.7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 170
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas/Electric I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 981 @ 0 260 @ 1250
Engine Order Code - TBD - N20
Displacement 2.0L/- TBD - 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 403 combined 240 @ 5000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 20 27
Battery Range (mi) 50 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 21 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 20 23
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) NA 3.30
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA 3.14
Trans Order Code NA 205
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - TBD - 3.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.67
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1) NA 4.71
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) NA 2.11
Trans Type 1 8
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.29
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.84
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.67
Summary
Body Style Sedan 4dr Sedan
Vehicle Name Fisker Karma BMW 5 Series
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front SLA Multi-Link Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear SLA Multi-Link Integral-V
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Load leveling NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - TBD - 6.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger -
Overall Side Crash Rating -
Side Barrier Rating -
Side Barrier Rating Driver -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat -
Rollover Rating -
 
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