Pros: Robust acceleration with V8 engine; quiet cabin; generous passenger space in both front and rear; classy cabin materials
Cons: Steep pricing–especially option packages; steering and handling are not as crisp or composed as most BMWs; sloped fastback body shape compromises cargo room somewhat
CG Says: The genre-bending 2014 Gran Turismo mixes elements of passenger cars and crossoverss, but we’re not sure that the end result is more than the sum of its parts. The 5-Series Gran Turismo has great V8 power and a relaxed, comfortable highway ride. The hatchback design is practical, and the cabin appropriately luxurious. However, the 5-Series Gran Turismo is extraordinarily expensive and not as much fun to drive as its brand name would suggest. A conventional station wagon (such as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, or BMW’s own X5 SUV may make more sense for most shoppers–especially the value conscious.