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2014 BMW X5

Is Better Than Ever Still Good Enough? By now, all but the staunchest of traditionalists have moved past the shock and horror of seeing their favorite automotive brands branching into categories and segments that break with their previously accepted norms. In other words, you and I don't really care all that much if the BMW M3 is powered by an inline six or a V8, or whether it boasts a turbocharger, just so long as the end result is an awesome car. Similarly, we don't get all hot under the collar seeing that same M3 share space on the showroom floor with a brace of SUVs and... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
Twin-Turbo 4.4L V8
Power:
445 HP / 480 LB-FT
Transmission:
8-Speed Auto
Base Price:
$69,125
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