While German luxury cars still maintain a performance edge on Japanese and America competitors, their lead isn't what it used to be. The BMW 5 Series once reigned supreme as the midsize sedan of favored by serious drivers: Car & Driver magazine named it to six straight 10Best lists between 1997 and 2002.
And while the entry-level 528i is no longer the obvious choice in its class, it remains a solid choice. A turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder engine generates 240 horsepower delivered to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. And it's available with all-wheel drive.