10 Best Luxury Midsize Cars for the Money in 2018

2018 BMW 5 Series
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9) 2018 BMW 5 Series

$52,400 | U.S. News Score: 8.8/10

Value: BMW 5 Series has the second-highest average retail price and one of highest starting prices in the class, which keeps it from placing higher on this list. Additionally, its total cost of ownership is more than any other midsize car in this ranking. One of the reasons the 5 Series will cost you is because it will end up in the shop more frequently; it has the highest combined maintenance and repair costs. Not to mention, its fuel and insurance costs are higher than average for midsize cars.


Quality: BMW’s 5 Series should appeal to shoppers who want a responsible approach to luxury. The 5 Series earns full marks in safety, and the 2017 model earned above-average reliability scores from J.D. Power.

The interior is spacious in both rows, and the trunk is among the largest in its class. The 5-Series is offered with a range of powerful yet smooth engines, all of which are complemented by stable handling. Technology features are high-end and easy to learn. The Gran Turismo hatchback model gets retired this year, but the new 530e plug-in hybrid is worth considering for eco-minded buyers.

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