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in Used Upscale Midsize Cars $25K and up

Avg. Price Paid: $29,892 - $39,990
Original MSRP: $37,300 - $49,900
MPG: 25 City / 33 Hwy

2014 BMW 3-Series Hybrid Interior

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Reviewers like that the 2014 BMW ActiveHybrid 3’s interior is very similar to the non-hybrid 3-Series’, and includes the same upscale materials and roomy rear seats. Automotive journalists like the 3-Series Hybrid’s optional navigation system that works with the hybrid powertrain to maximize fuel efficiency.

  • "Inside, the interior is standard 3-Series fare, meaning it features a fixed information display above the dashboard, loads of high quality materials and good rear-seat space for the segment." -- Left Lane News

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Seating

The five-seat ActiveHybrid 3 comes standard with leatherette upholstery and eight-way power-adjustable front seats. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel are optional. The ActiveHybrid 3’s seats are the same as those found in the gas-only 3-Series, which reviewers say are comfortable, as well as rear seats that are spacious for the class.

  • "If rear-seat accommodations are a priority, you won't find a more spacious backseat in the entry-luxury car class. Rear legroom is particularly impressive." -- Edmunds
  • "Overall, the cabin is quite spacious, and the rear quarters offer more legroom than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Cadillac ATS and Infiniti G37." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

The 2014 BMW 3-Series Hybrid’s standard features include a moonroof, automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, HD Radio, a USB port and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, which includes a 6.5-inch display. Optional features include lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, navigation, a head-up display, satellite radio and a Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system.

Reviewers note that the optional navigation system has some unique fuel-saving features, such as the ability to study elevation changes along your route and save the 3-Series Hybrid’s electric power for uphill climbs. The ActiveHybrid 3’s display can also show green driving tips to help you maximize efficiency, and critics say the eco-friendly tips are interesting and presented with attractive graphics, though they can also be distracting.

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  • "Another cool feature: The system reads the navigation maps and learns the driver's habits, recognizing repetitive commutes, for example. This allows it to deplete the battery while climbing a hill that it knows will provide complete regeneration on the downslope." -- Motor Trend (2013)
  • "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 (2013)

Cargo

Unlike many hybrid cars, the 2014 BMW ActiveHybrid 3’s battery is below the trunk floor, which means that it has almost as much trunk space as the non-hybrid 3-Series.

  • "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 (2013)
  • "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 (2013)