2011 BMW
528i
vs. 2012 Infiniti
M37

2011 BMW 528i

9.9

Winner

BMW 528i

starting from

$45,925
"The 5′s interior was about as you’d expect from a BMW – meaning not one material was short of top notch and each seat was a pleasant place in which to spend some time."
leftlanenews.com | talking about the 5 Series's interior quality
"Undeniably modern, it nonetheless took us back to the E39-era 5-Series (think 1996 through 2003), a crisp but sleek interpretation of a four-door BMW."
leftlanenews.com | talking about the 5 Series's external styling

Reasons to buy the BMW 528i

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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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Rear air conditioning
Optional
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Average highway fuel efficiency
32 mpg
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Safer for the driver in side collisions
5 stars
2012 Infiniti M37

9.7

Runner-up

Infiniti M37

starting from

$48,575
"High-quality interior materials."
edmunds.com | talking about the M's interior quality
"None of the coarse, trucklike noises exhibited."
edmunds.com | talking about the M's noise

Reasons to buy the Infiniti M37

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Safer for the driver in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Good braking distance from 60mph
120 ft
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Sporty performance
11.7 lb/hp
Entertainment System 9.0 vs 10.0
2011 BMW 528i Winner: 528i
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  • The 528i has 6 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 12 vs 6
  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the 528i; but it's not available at all on the M37
Crash Test Ratings 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 BMW 528i Winner: 528i
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  • The 528i has 1.5x less risk of rolling over, 5 stars vs 4 stars
  • The 528i has 1.5x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2012 Infiniti M37 Winner: M37
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the M37
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2012 Infiniti M37 Winner: M37
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  • Basic warranty lasts 10,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 50,000 mile
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Practicality - vs -
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  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
  • Both have more gears, but the 528i in particular has a wide number
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Overall 9.7 vs 9.9

Entertainment System

Infiniti
M37
2012 Infiniti M37
2011 BMW 528i BMW
528i
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Number of speakers 6 vs 12 The 528i has an extraordinary amount of speakers, but the M37 has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The M37's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the 528i does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the 528i; but it's not available at all on the M37

Crash Test Ratings

Infiniti
M37
2012 Infiniti M37
2011 BMW 528i BMW
528i
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 5 stars The 528i is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the M37
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The better is 2.1x safer than the 528i
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs 5 stars The better is 1.5x safer than the M37

Luxury Features

Infiniti
M37
2012 Infiniti M37
2011 BMW 528i BMW
528i
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the M37

Cost

Infiniti
M37
2012 Infiniti M37
2011 BMW 528i BMW
528i
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MSRP $48,575 vs $45,925 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 22 mpg The 528i has OK city mileage, while the M37 is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Both have long-lasting basic warranties, but M37 in particular is extraordinary
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Longer-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

Infiniti
M37
2012 Infiniti M37
2011 BMW 528i BMW
528i
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs BMW Assist

Practicality

Infiniti
M37
2012 Infiniti M37
2011 BMW 528i BMW
528i
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range Unknown vs 592 miles
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Cargo space 14.9 ft3 vs Unknown
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front seats 58.7 ft3 vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Optional The 528i offers an optional folding rear seat for extra cargo room; not available on the M37
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

Infiniti
M37
2012 Infiniti M37
2011 BMW 528i BMW
528i
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0-60 mph 5.1 seconds vs 6.1 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 120 ft vs 137 ft The M37 has above average braking ability, but the 528i is quite bad
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1/4 mile 13.6 s @ 104 mph vs 14.5 s @ 101 mph Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.84 g vs 0.84 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

Infiniti
M37
2012 Infiniti M37
2011 BMW 528i BMW
528i
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Horsepower 330 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 240 HP @ 6,600 RPM The M37 is fairly powerful, but the 528i is not far behind
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Number of gears 7 vs 8 Both have more gears, but the 528i in particular has a wide number
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 11.7 lb/hp vs 15.9 lb/hp The M37 is a sporty car, while the 528i is just average
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.7 ft vs Unknown

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Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Adfdaf (10:26 AM, May 06, 2012)
The infiniti has an option for a 10 speaker and 16 speaker system.