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Used Car: 2014 BMW 3-Series Hybrid Review

Review Last Updated: 7/23/15

Despite the 2014 BMW 3-Series Hybrid’s strong acceleration, test drivers said its disappointing fuel economy could be a deal breaker for many potential buyers.

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The 2014 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 comes with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine and an electric motor, and test drivers agreed that the combination provides impressive power. Reviewers also noted that the 3-Series Hybrid transitions between gas and electric power smoothly. The 3-Series Hybrid comes standard with rear-wheel drive and an automatic transmission. According to the EPA, the 2014 3-Series Hybrid gets 25/33 mpg city/highway, which is low for a 2014 hybrid. The diesel-powered BMW 328d gets better fuel economy. A few test drivers reported that the 3-Series Hybrid doesn't ride as smoothly or handle as well as the non-hybrid 2014 BMW 3-Series. However, critics still said the 3-Series Hybrid is fun to drive thanks to its responsive steering and handling.

Like its non-hybrid counterpart, the 2014 BMW 3-Series Hybrid's interior has top-notch materials, excellent build quality and a spacious back seat, critics said. They added that the 3-Series Hybrid' iDrive infotainment system is easy to use. Unlike many of its competitors, the 3-Series Hybrid doesn't lose much trunk space to its battery. Standard features include a moonroof, Bluetooth and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, navigation and lane departure warning. When equipped with navigation, the 3-Series Hybrid can use map data to maximize fuel economy, which impressed reviewers.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid has very strong acceleration, according to test drivers, and gets better fuel economy than the 3-Series Hybrid. Reviewers appreciated the Q50 Hybrid's premium interior materials and user-friendly infotainment system.

The 2014 Lexus ES Hybrid gets much better fuel economy than the 3-Series Hybrid. Auto writers liked the ES Hybrid's well-built, upscale cabin. They also found the ES Hybrid's spacious rear seats and smooth ride appealing.

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