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2011 BMW 5-Series vs. Its Competition

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2011 BMW 5-Series 4-door Sedan 535i RWD Angular Front Exterior View
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The new 2011 BMW 5-Series competes most directly with the Jaguar XF and Infiniti M.

Both models are all-new for 2011.

The new M—offered in M37 and M56 models—has improved handling and real backseat room this time around, plus a gorgeous interior.

The Jaguar XF remains one of our editors' favorites, offering a great blend of capable handling and performance, combined with a smart, classy feel and excellent interior comfort.

Meanwhile, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class was redesigned for 2010, with a thoroughly upgraded interior and quicker steering; it is still offered in a hot E63 AMG version.

Additionally, the new Audi A6 that's on the way for 2011 promises to be more of a performance car, along the lines of the latest A4, and it will pose a more direct threat to the 5-Series.

Versus the new 5-Series Gran Turismo it’s hard to say; BMW’s own X6 is a top rival surely, though the X6 makes more serious compromises in backseat space to achieve that swoopy roofline.

And chalk in the Acura ZDX for comparison, even though that’s more of a (barely) four-seat coupe on steroids.

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The new 2011 BMW 5-Series might be a conservative evolution in terms of styling and design, but it’s a quite radical one with regard to how BMW’s most important model drives.
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Attention-getting style, solid driving dynamics, quality materials, and a very competitive price put the entire 2011 Cadillac CTS lineup on level-or-better footing with most of the competition.
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The 2011 Lincoln MKS won’t win over the Town Car or the M5 crowd, but it’s blessed with smart performance, subdued good looks, and a roomy interior.
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The 2011 Hyundai Equus sets a high-water mark for the Korean brand, and rings like a warning shot to the folks over at Lexus.
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Gas Mileage     
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Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V8Gas V6
EPA Class     
Mid-SizeMid-SizeLarge CarsLarge CarsLarge Cars4-door Large Car
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan 528i RWD4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD4-Door Sedan 3.7L FWD4-Door Sedan Signature Limited4-Door Sedan Signature37 4-Door Sedan RWD
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4dr Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4-door Sedan
Automatic w/manual shiftManualAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
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