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1. 2015 Subaru Outback
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6. 2014 BMW X5
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By Matt Schmitz | September 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

1. 2015 Subaru Outback
2. 2014 Nissan Rogue
3. 2015 Lexus NX 200T
4. 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
5. 2014 Honda CR-V
6. 2014 Mazda3
7. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
8. 2014 BMW 428
9. 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
10. 2014 BMW X5

By Matt Schmitz | August 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 BMW X5 Review

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"The redesigned 2014 BMW X5 carries on its winning formula of being a stylish, expensive, luxurious SUV for secret station-wagon fans who prefer to sit up high," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 BMW X5

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Vehicles Affected: About 6,400 model-year 2014 BMW X5 luxury crossovers manufactured between Dec. 12, 2013, and March 10, 2014, and equipped with the Soft Close Automatic option.

The Problem: The rear side-door lock mechanisms may not have been manufactured correctly, and when the inside door handle is pulled, the previously engaged child safety lock can disengage. This could allow the rear seat occupant to pull the door handle twice and open the door while the vehicle is parked or in motion, increasing the risk of an injury.

The Fix: BMW began notifying owners this month, and dealers will inspect the rear side-door locks; any affected door locks will be replaced for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or visit www.safercar.gov, for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | May 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2010-2012 BMW Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 156,137 BMW vehicles from the 2010-2012 model years. The recalled models are the 2010-11 128i coupe and convertible; 328i xDrive sedan; 328i sedan, coupe, convertible and sports wagon; and Z4 sDrive 30i. Affected model-year 2011-12 vehicles are the 135i coupe and convertible, 335i sedan, X5 xDrive 35i and X6 xDrive 35i. Affected model-year 2011 vehicles are the 335i xDrive sedan, 335i coupe and convertible, 528i sedan, 535i sedan, 535i xDrive sedan, X3 xDrive 28i and X3 xDrive 35i. Affected model-year 2010 vehicles are the X3 xDrive 30i and X5 xDrive 30i. Affected model-year 2012 vehicles are the 2012 640i coupe and convertible. Model-year 2010-12 535i Gran Turismo vehicles are also part of the recall.

"In addition, owners of approximately 170,172 model year 2010-2012 BMW vehicles equipped with inline-six-cylinder engines not covered by this recall, will receive an extended warranty to address this condition," the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in its recall notice. 

The Problem: The bolts that secure the variable camshaft timing adjustment unit could become loose and may break. This could cause reduced engine power or the engine could stall, increasing the risk of a crash. BMW has not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to this issue, the automaker said in a statement.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected bolts for free.

What Owners Should Do: BMW will notify owners starting in May. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

BMW Announces New X7 SUV

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By Kelsey Mays, Cars.com

BMW announced Friday it will build the recently unveiled X4 plus an all-new X7 (and eventually the X5 plug-in hybrid) at its Spartanburg, S.C., assembly plant. The German automaker currently builds the X3, X5 and X6 SUVs there.

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The flurry of SUV announcements came with few other details, particularly on the new X7, which BMW called "another all-new, larger X model." The automaker said it plans to build all X7s in Spartanburg, and will export them from there for sales overseas. Autoweek reports the SUV will seat up to seven occupants in three rows; BMW will build it off an extended-wheelbase version of the recently redesigned X5 platform, which will underpin the next X6 as well. The X7 will compete with the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Infiniti QX80 and Cadillac Escalade. Autoweek says it will offer inline-six and V-8 engines. It should also have a plug-in hybrid drivetrain similar to the one in the forthcoming X5 plug-in, which BMW previewed in the X5 Concept eDrive at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

As part of a $1 billion investment over the next two years, the automaker says it will expand capacity at the 20-year-old plant by 50 percent, to 450,000 total cars from the current 300,000 a year. BMW shoppers here shouldn't expect to get all of those, though: The automaker says it exports around 70 percent of its Spartanburg production each year.

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By David Thomas | March 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 BMW X5 Up Close, Photo Gallery

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The BMW X5 has been a long-running favorite of luxury SUV buyers, but there's no denying that its look has become a little tired lately. The previous generation went on sale in 2006 and got a refresh in 2011. Thankfully, the 2014 gets a new exterior and interior while retaining most of the same dimensions and powertrains as before. It hits dealerships later this year.

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By David Thomas | September 17, 2013 | Comments (5)

BMW Concept X5 eDrive at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show

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  • Looks like: A BMW X5 electrified
  • Defining characteristics: Plug-in hybrid drivetrain
  • Ridiculous features: Exclusive "aerodynamically optimized" 21-inch light-alloy wheels
  • Chance of being mass-produced: As BMW continues to rollout electric cars, a production version of this concept is likely.

At the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany next month, BMW will unveil its latest concept car, which aims to combine the versatility and driving experience of a luxury SUV with the efficiency of a plug-in hybrid. The BMW Concept X5 eDrive is based on the next-generation X5 SUV and is the automaker's first foray into marrying its intelligent all-wheel-drive system with its hybrid electric technology.

The X5 eDrive has a twin-turbo four-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery, chargeable from any domestic power socket and good for 95 horsepower, a zero-to-60 mph time of less than 7 seconds and a top speed of 75 mph. The concept can travel up to 19 electric-only miles and gets an estimated 74.3 mpg on the European test cycle.

By Matt Schmitz | August 22, 2013 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2009-10 BMW X5

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BMW is recalling 1,540 model-year 2009-10 X5 xDrive 35d crossovers due to a potential problem in the fuel system that could lead to a fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured between June 13 and Nov. 9, 2009, and are equipped with a diesel engine. The fuel heater, used for warming up the diesel fuel during vehicle operation at low outside temperatures, could experience an electrical-overload condition and become permanently activated, even when the ignition is off; this could lead to a dead battery or the unit could overheat, possibly resulting in a vehicle fire.

BMW will notify owners starting this month, and dealers will replace the fuel-filter heater for free. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417, NHTSA’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 BMW X5

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Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela says the 2013 BMW X5 is strong enough for a man and, while not exactly made for a woman, makes for a decent bit of neutral ground in the battle of the sexes. The luxury crossover's xDrive35i version boasts a tight, sporty driving feel with plenty of acceleration and road feedback, along with cargo space to accommodate both the kids' gear and a bountiful haul from the lawn-and-garden store. Check out the review to see if the current X5 is worth a look before the 2014 goes on sale later this year.

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By Rick Popely | July 15, 2013 | Comments (3)

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