2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 Priced at $50,195
When the 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 goes on sale later this fall it will start at $50,195, including an $895 destination fee. That's a significant price premium ($6,900) over a 2012 BMW 335i, which shares the same inline-six-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission as the hybrid (the two also share virtually the same trim features). The 335i gets an EPA-estimated 23/33 mpg city/highway; BMW hasn't released official fuel- economy numbers for the ActiveHybrid 3, but it says the model has gotten around a combined 37 mpg in European fuel-efficiency testing, adjusted to U.S. measurements.
Those figures are the same on the 2013 ActiveHybrid 5, which starts at $61,995, including a $895 destination. The ActiveHybrid was supposed to go on sale in March, but it was delayed and has only gone on sale now, said BMW spokesman Dave Bucko. The ActiveHybrid 5 gets an EPA-estimated 23/30 mpg city/highway, said Bucko. That's only slightly better than a 535i. Bucko says the EPA tests don't "take advantage of all of the fuel-saving technologies built into the system, so in practical terms a driver should be able to do much better."
The ActiveHybrid 3 comes standard with leatherette upholstery, an 8.8-inch display with iDrive controls, dual-zone automatic climate control, adaptive self-leveling xenon headlights with LED accent lighting and 18-inch alloy wheels. Options such as a Cold Weather Package, backup camera, navigation, leather upholstery and an adaptive M suspension can easily add more than $10,000 to the ActiveHybrid 3's base pricing. The hybrid goes on sale later this fall.