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2011 BMW 528i

Day 1

2011 BMW 528i
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If the Cruze and this week’s tester were in the same zip code in terms of price, I think I would have to take back some of the nice things I said about the Cruze. But they aren’t even close, so those opinions stay and this week I shift gears — eight of them — as I get behind the wheel of the 2011 BMW 528i.

With a base price of $53,900 the 528i isn’t inexpensive, but it is very reasonable for a very nice car. My tester isn’t loaded but isn’t basic, either, with $7,000 of options added on; remember, too, that BMW option pricing can get a little ridiculous.

2011 BMW 528i
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The Hi-Fi stereo system and Sirius Radio is $1,200; navigation is $2,000 (which is more reasonable than in the past), and the premium package is $3,800, and adds Park Distance Control, Dakota Leather seating, ski pass-through and a smart key system. It’s a pricey package mostly consumed by the leather upgrade.

Standard on the 528i are features such as heated steering wheel and heated front seats, bi-xenon adaptive headlights, auto-dimming mirrors and Bluetooth.

The 528i is powered by a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine that outputs 240hp and 230lb-ft of torque and is mated to BMW’s new eight-speed automatic transmission. There is no manual option for the 528i; that is reserved for the 535i and 550i models.

2011 BMW 528i
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $60,900

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