The BMW 3-Series has long reigned as the enthusiast's choice in a small luxury car. And a new model for 2013 -- the ActiveHybrid 3 -- puts a distinctly performance-oriented spin on the hybrid concept.
The ActiveHybrid 3 pairs BMW's famed TwinPower 3-liter inline-6 with an electric motor to pump out 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. This combination launches the ActiveHybrid 3 to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds.
Acceleration like this comes at the cost of somewhat mediocre fuel economy. An ActiveHybrid 3 returns 25 mph city and 33 mpg highway -- an improvement of only a few miles per gallon on a conventional 335i.
The ActiveHybrid 3 comes in a single trim level with standard features like Bluetooth connectivity, power seats and steering-wheel-mounted controls. BMW also offers a number of option packages: Luxury Line, Modern Line, Sport Line, M Sport Line, Driver Assistance Plus, Driver Assistance, Premium, Dynamic Handling and Technology.
The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 includes standard features like: Driving Dynamics Control with economy, comfort and sport settings; four-wheel ventilated disc brakes; stability control; 18-inch light-alloy wheels; xenon headlights; leatherette upholstery; eight-way power seats; and an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with iPod adapter. There is also a lengthy options list.
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