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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2024 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

Car Guide Winner: 1st Place Large

2023 BMW i7 xDrive60

Vehicle Type: Large Electric
 overall score
Category Ranking: 1

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $119,300
Price as Tested: $151,995

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Electricity
120V Charge Time: 3.4 miles per hour
240V Charge Time: 25.7 miles per hour
DC Fast Charger: 10% to 80% in 34 minutes
EPA City MPGe85
EPA Highway MPGe89
EPA Combined MPGe87
EPA-Est. Electric Range (mi): 308

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [O]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [O]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

BMW completely redesigned its 7 Series flagship sedan for 2023—and added an all-electric variant, the i7, which looks almost identical, inside and out, to the gasoline-powered 760i (page 96). The i7 is propelled by dual electric motors, which provide instant acceleration and abundant, silent power. The i7's ride is relaxed and comfortable; handling is secure and reasonably responsive for a large sedan. An adaptive air suspension, all-wheel drive, and rear-wheel steering are standard. The i7's roomy, luxurious cabin is appointed with the highest—quality materials and cutting-edge technology, including 4-zone automatic climate control, a 14.9-inch touch screen, a 31-inch video screen for back-seat passengers, and Highway Assistant, a semiautonomous feature that enables hands-free driving and lane-changing. But the i7's infotainment system is overly complicated, the infotainment and HVAC systems lack hard keys, options are pricey (e.g., $5,450 for an Alcantara headliner), and some style elements, like the large grille and crystal accents, are polarizing. If you’re in the market for a 7 Series, given their similarities, how do you decide between them? It comes down to this: If you’re an early adopter, don’t take a lot of road trips, and like the power and silence of an EV drivetrain, the i7 might be your ride. Otherwise, the 760i could be easier to live with day-to-day.

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Pros and Cons


  • Powerful, silent EV drivetrain
  • Smooth, comfortable ride
  • Stylish, plush interior with luxurious appointments
  • Lots of high tech, including sophisticated advanced safety features


  • Nonintuitive infotainment and HVAC systems
  • Pricey options on top of a high MSRP
  • Some polarizing design elements
  • Malfunctioning automatic doors

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2023
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 5917.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 212.2 / 76.8 / 60.8
Wheelbase (in): 126.6
Number of air bags: 9
Warranty (months/miles): 48/50,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Pirelli P Zero
Front and rear tire size: 255/40 R21
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 1-speed
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: Dual electric motors
Electric motor horsepower: Front: 255, rear: 308
Combined system horsepower: 536

Test Data

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Handling: 7.61
Quality and Drivability: 8.12

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