Description: Luxury Mid-Size Sport Utility Vehicle
Base MSRP Range: $42,500 - $71,100
Invoice Price Range: $38,855 - $64,880
Where built: USA
BMW's X5-Series of sport-activity wagons repeat as the X5 3.0i and X5 4.4i but with an on-board computer now standard equipment. Both versions look remarkably like one of BMW's big sports sedans, only jacked up with a wagon's cargo compartment at the tail.
Both also contain BMW's smart xDrive AWD system. Adjustable and infinitely variable, the device can direct the engine's power to whichever axle, front or rear, has the best traction bite. It works with BMW's computerized four-wheel Dynamic Stability Control (DSC-X) mechanism and a traction control system (TCS-X) that can correct potentially dangerous skid movements.
X5 splits into two models based on powertrain. X5 4.4i gets a 4.4-liter V8 worth 320 hp with a six-speed automatic. X5 3.0i has a 3.0-liter in-line-six netting 225 hp with Steptronic automatic or standard six-speed manual.
New 18-inch V-spoke wheels come with the optional sport package for X5 4.4i.