2011 BMW 5 Series Long Term Road Test


2011 BMW 528i: Montana and Back with Escort's Passport IQ

July 27, 2011

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Of course, I'm still replaying the events of 2,900 Montana-and-back road trip in my head, remembering little details here and there. And I remember that the car's orange ambient lighting made the cabin more inviting when driving on empty stretches of Interstate 15 at night. I also remember that I missed being able to stream All Things Considered in remote areas, because unlike our TSX wagon, the 5 Series doesn't have Bluetooth streaming audio capability.

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Finally, I want to say something about the radar detector I used. (If you don't believe in radar detectors, best to stop reading here.) We have a staff Escort Passport iQ right now. It looks like a portable navigation unit, and in fact, is a portable navigation unit. But it also sniffs out radar and laser with rather deadly effectiveness.

I'm not a regular user of radar detectors, but when you're driving a few thousand miles in less than a week (and don't have a front passenger to yell at you), your right foot can get complacent every now and again. So it's peace of mind. With that context, I found our Passport iQ quite easy to use, and if I had more opportunities to drive to Montana, I might just splurge on one of my own.

After the jump, I offer a short video review, so enjoy the sound of my road-trip-weary narration.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 17,xxx miles

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