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2011 BMW 528i: Road Car

November 04, 2010

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Well, there's at least one good thing about the 528i's resemblance to the 7 Series. That is, it packs a lot of fuel, some 18.5 gallons.

When you match this much gas with the frugality of this 240-hp 3.0-liter inline-6, the result is incredible range. During optimal freeway cruising last weekend, I did one 465.7-mile leg and still didn't come close to bouncing the needle off the E, managing to get only 15.6 gallons into the tank for an average of 29.9 mpg. Did another 411.3-mile leg at 29.7 mpg. Even when you get into the gas pedal, the worst this car has served up at the pump so far has been 17.0 mpg.

When you're looking for a real road car, the ultimate performance attribute is the ability to drive past a lot of gas stations before you have to stop. If a big, comfortable highway car is what you want, the 528i sure seems like the right combination for El Camino (you know, the road).

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, 3,388 miles

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