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2014 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 Summary

Changes for the 2014 BMW ActiveHybrid 3:

With the arrival of the 328d Sedan, which gets as much as 37 mpg in combined driving, one might assume that the ActiveHybrid 3 model’s days are numbered. Time will tell, but for now the powerful gas-electric hybrid variant returns for the 2014 model year.

Model Lineup:

There’s just one version of the 2014 BMW ActiveHybrid 3, and it can be upgraded with Luxury Line, Sport Line, and M Sport Line option packages that provide the car with a little extra flavoring. Metallic paint, several wheel designs, leather, and a remarkable number of options can be added to the already expensive ActiveHybrid 3.

Engines and Transmissions:

What makes the ActiveHybrid 3 special is that it pairs a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery to produce a combined 335 horsepower. A unique 8-speed automatic transmission power the car’s rear wheels, an automatic stop/start system turns off the gasoline engine while the car is idling, and a Driving Dynamics Control system features an EcoPro driving mode designed to maximize fuel economy.

Fuel Economy Ratings:

According to the EPA, the ActiveHybrid 3 gets 28 mpg in combined driving. That’s +3 mpg over the 335i, which isn’t quite as powerful but also weighs less. That’s also -9 mpg below the new 328d, which is also more than $11,000 less expensive than the ActiveHybrid 3.

Safety Ratings:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have not performed crash tests specifically on the ActiveHybrid 3 model. A standard BMW 3 Series Sedan earns a 5-star rating from the NHTSA, and “Good” ratings from the IIHS in all tests except the small overlap frontal-impact assessment, for which it receives a “Marginal” rating.

Technology Highlights:

In addition to its fairly sophisticated gas-electric hybrid drivetrain, the BMW ActiveHybrid 3 can be optioned with a number tech-related upgrades including, oddly, BMW Assist eCall with SOS Emergency Request and Automatic Collision Notification services, items that are standard on other 3 Series models.

Highlights from the list of upgrades include heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a reversing camera, parking assist sensors, a navigation system, a premium sound system, and enhanced Bluetooth and USB connectivity with smartphone integration and BMW Apps. Several safety-related systems are also available, including an Active Driving Assistant, Active Blind Spot Detection, a Side and Top View Camera system, and automatic high beam headlights.

Active cruise control is also offered for the ActiveHybrid 3, along with a Parking Assistant feature that can help the driver identify a parallel parking space that is large enough for the car, and then steer the car into the space while the driver operates the transmission, the brake, and the accelerator.

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