Look to BMW for a sign of just how comfortable America has become driving cars with four-cylinder engines.
The German luxury car brand didn’t sell a single vehicle equipped with a four-cylinder engine for a dozen years starting in 1999. That changed last year when BMW put its N20 four-banger into its Z4 convertible and 528i sedan. Now it comes in the 328i.
Previously the sedans came with two sizes of six-cylinder engines with models designated a “28” getting the smaller of the two.
But now the four-cylinder accounts for close to half of all 5 Series sedan sales. It was about a third of sales when it came equipped with the smaller of BMW’s two six-cylinder engines. The 3 Series is showing a similar trend.