Pros: Outstanding ride quality; broad range of powertrain choices, including a hybrid model; loads of high-tech optional features available, excellent highway poise
Cons: Steep prices get steeper as options are added; large, powerful engines have expectedly large appetites for fuel; lots of gadgetry makes for some complicated controls
CG Says: BMW’s flagship big sedans boast executive-jet levels of comfort, sophistication, and power… with price tags to match. The worthwhile updates for the 2014 BMW 7-Series include a digital gauge cluster, a touchpad for text input that supplements the iDrive control knob interface, and a motion-activated smart-closing trunk. The 2014 7-Series is well worth your consideration, with the sporty Alpina B7 being an especially attractive option for those who value exclusivity and sporty driving dynamics. Be sure and test drive the model you are most likely to purchase, however, as optional wheels and suspension tuning can have a profound impact on ride quality.