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in Used Upscale Midsize Cars $25K and up

Avg. Price Paid: $39,038 - $39,038
Original MSRP: $49,650 - $49,650
MPG: 25 City / 33 Hwy

2013 BMW 3-Series Hybrid Interior

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Since the 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3’s interior is so similar to the gas-only 3-Series, reviewers haven’t said much about its passenger space or interior features. However, since both cars are so similar, the ActiveHybrid 3 likely shares the comfortable seats and clean interior styling that you’ll find on its non-hybrid sibling. Reviewers do appreciate a few hybrid-specific components, such as an optional navigation system that works with the hybrid powertrain to maximize efficiency. They also like that the ActiveHybrid 3’s battery is located underneath the trunk, which means that there’s more useable cargo space than you’ll find in many hybrid cars.

Seating

The ActiveHybrid 3 comes with leatherette upholstery and eight-way power front seats. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel are optional. Test drivers haven’t commented on the ActiveHybrid 3’s seats yet, however, they’re the same as those found in the gas-only 3-Series. When the 3-Series was redesigned for 2012, reviewers noted that its interior was more spacious than the outgoing 2011 model, and that back-seat passenger space was quite good for the class. Those positive attributes should carry over, since the ActiveHybrid 3’s interior is so similar.

Interior Features

The 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 comes with standard features that include a moonroof, automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a universal garage door opener and BMW’s iDrive system, which includes an 8.8-inch display, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a stereo with HD Radio, an auxiliary input and a USB port. Features like lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring systems, parking sensors, a backup camera, navigation, a head-up display, an upgraded stereo and satellite radio are available either in packages or as standalone options.

So far, reviewers haven’t said much about the ActiveHybrid 3’s interior features. However, with the exception of a larger iDrive display as standard equipment, the ActiveHybrid 3’s interior is similar to what you’ll find in the gas-only 3-Series, which the automotive press generally likes. Test drivers do praise some of the ActiveHybrid 3’s new fuel-saving technologies, such as the navigation system, which will work with the drivetrain to use its electric power in the most fuel-efficient manner. For example, the system will study elevation changes along your route, and save its electric power for uphill climbs. The ActiveHybrid 3’s display can also show eco-friendly driving tips to help you maximize efficiency.

  • "Navigation is optional on the 3-series hybrid; if you've ponied up, once you program a destination into the system, it will monitor the topography on your route and save electrical assistance for the uphill sections." -- Car and Driver
  • "If you dial up the right (wrong?) display screens, it will also hector you for accelerating, or braking too hard, or driving too fast. Then again, opposite personalities attract, so perhaps this is the perfect car for couples consisting of one hell-raiser and one planet-saver." -- Motor Trend 
  • "Braking too hard because you don't anticipate traffic is one tip that appears often, although sometimes it happens because you're spending too much time looking at all the pretty displays." -- Edmunds 

Cargo

Battery packs that eat up trunk space are commonplace among hybrid cars; however, reviewers agree that BMW has intelligently placed the ActiveHybrid 3’s battery below the trunk floor. As a result, they say that trunk space rivals what you’ll find in the non-hybrid 3-Series. Unlike some competing luxury hybrids, the ActiveHybrid 3 also has fully-functional split-folding rear seats to increase cargo capacity.

  • "Kudos are due BMW's hybrid team for secreting the 1.35-kW-hr lithium-ion battery pack beneath a flat trunk floor while maintaining full access to the 40/20/40 fold-down rear seat (the rear of the floor is 2 inches higher than in non-electrified 3s, which costs about 3 cubic-feet of luggage space)." -- Motor Trend 
  • "Its 317-volt lithium battery resides under the trunk, which means the fold-down rear seats remain. Unless you had a regular 3 Series to compare it against, you'd never know that there was any difference." -- Road and Track