CNET on Cars 12: BMW 750Li vs. Lexus LS 460

In this episode, we find out if the BMW 750Li or Lexus LS 460 F Sport are more CNET-style, why you may be obsessing about the wrong thing about your engine, and the Top 5 ways The Man decides what technology is in your car.

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An embarrassment of riches this time as the 2013 BMW 750Li and Lexus LS 460 hit our garage on the same day. Some assignments are just more comfortable than others! But while both cars are luxurious, one felt much readier to cut it up on the road to my hands, and you might be surprised which.

A great Car Tech 101 in this episode, explaining the rather tricky relationship between horsepower and torque. We're conditioned to think about horsepower, but people who race, build, or design cars know it's really more about torque when it comes to responsiveness and fun driving. Prepare to get smart about why various cars drive so differently.

Having GPS nav and using GPS nav in a savvy way are not always synonymous: in Smarter Driver we give you our favorite tips for keeping one of the great in-car technologies from becoming one of the great in-car distractions, without some lame "Just turn it off" mantra.

E-mail me with your ideas for Car Tech 101 or Top 5 segments. If we use your idea, you get a CNET on Cars decal, which I personally oversaw the production of to make sure they aren't some cheap crap that would disgrace your car, helmet, or laptop!

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2013 BMW 750Li

The Bottom Line: The 2013 BMW 750Li does double-duty as a freeway cruiser and a getaway car, whether you drive it yourself or hire a chauffeur. A wide array of connected features add new capabilities to the already first-rate navigation and stereo systems. / Read full review

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Garmin Nuvi 3490LMT GPS receiver

The Bottom Line: The Garmin Nuvi 3490 LMT packs every trick in Garmin's book into an ultra-thin chassis, but the high MSRP will deter some. / Read full review

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Magellan RoadMate 5175T-LM

The Bottom Line: In addition to being a solid navigator for the price, the Magellan RoadMate 5175T-LM Traveler also packs a few features to help users to plan vacations and explore attractions in unfamiliar cities. / Read full review

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TomTom GO Live 1535M

The Bottom Line: The TomTom GO Live 1535M's is a solidly performing GPS device and its app integration for search is a nice first, but that's hardly this PND's strongest feature. / Read full review

About the author

Brian Cooley joined CNET in 1995 and always comes at technology from the real consumer's point of view. He brings his high energy, often skeptical style to all avenues of CNET coverage, with an emphasis on car tech. You'll also find him frequently on television, radio and the TV screens at Costco!

 

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