View Local Inventory
SAVE

2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3

Change year or vehicle
$10,889 — $22,097 USED
7
Photos
Sedan
5 Seats
28 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
 — 
Compare 1 trims

Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 3 reviews

The Good

  • Regular 3 Series style remains
  • Performance potential
  • Handling potential

The Bad

  • Battery pack reduces trunk space
  • Expensive starting price
2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3
  • New for 2013
  • Hybrid version of the 3 Series sedan
  • Lithium-ion battery pack
  • Can travel up to 47 mph on electric power
  • Rear-wheel drive

We’re looking for the best deals on a BMW near you…

Are you looking for more listings?

Change location

Please enter a valid 5-digit ZIP code.

Search Again

— OR —

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The 2013 model year brings the launch of the BMW ActiveHybrid 3, a hybrid version of the 3 Series sedan. The five-seat sedan can operate at speeds up to 47 mph on electric power alone. It also retains performance qualities that BMW is known for, with acceleration from zero to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, according to the automaker. Competitors include the Infiniti M35h and Lexus GS 450h hybrids. It hits dealerships in fall 2012.
Exterior
Subtle styling cues differentiate the ActiveHybrid 3 from the regular 3 Series. There are logos on the rear roof pillars, adaptive xenon headlights, galvanized slats in the twin-kidney grille and matte chrome tailpipes. The sedan comes with standard 18-inch alloy wheels. InteriorDifferences in the cabin are similarly minimal. The ActiveHybrid 3 features a standard 8.8-inch iDrive screen with a navigation system. Most options from the regular 3 Series sedan carry over to the ActiveHybrid 3. Some of those options include heated and ventilated seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display and a premium stereo.
Under the Hood
The ActiveHybrid 3's hybrid drivetrain consists of a 300-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission with an integrated electric motor that makes 55 hp and a lithium-ion battery pack. Total system output is 335 hp and 330 pounds-feet of torque. The battery is located between the rear wheel arches in the trunk, resulting in a little le...

Vehicle Overview

The 2013 model year brings the launch of the BMW ActiveHybrid 3, a hybrid version of the 3 Series sedan. The five-seat sedan can operate at speeds up to 47 mph on electric power alone. It also retains performance qualities that BMW is known for, with acceleration from zero to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, according to the automaker. Competitors include the Infiniti M35h and Lexus GS 450h hybrids. It hits dealerships in fall 2012.
Exterior
Subtle styling cues differentiate the ActiveHybrid 3 from the regular 3 Series. There are logos on the rear roof pillars, adaptive xenon headlights, galvanized slats in the twin-kidney grille and matte chrome tailpipes. The sedan comes with standard 18-inch alloy wheels. InteriorDifferences in the cabin are similarly minimal. The ActiveHybrid 3 features a standard 8.8-inch iDrive screen with a navigation system. Most options from the regular 3 Series sedan carry over to the ActiveHybrid 3. Some of those options include heated and ventilated seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display and a premium stereo.
Under the Hood
The ActiveHybrid 3's hybrid drivetrain consists of a 300-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission with an integrated electric motor that makes 55 hp and a lithium-ion battery pack. Total system output is 335 hp and 330 pounds-feet of torque. The battery is located between the rear wheel arches in the trunk, resulting in a little less cargo space than the regular 3 Series. The rear-seat does continue to have standard split-folding.

A unique feature of the hybrid powertrain is that when it's in pure Eco Pro (electric only) mode, the car can be driven for up to 2.5 miles at speeds up to 47 mph. The electric motor can provide a power boost when accelerating, and the gas engine can shut down when coasting at speeds up to 100 mph. Also standard is stop/start fuel-saving technology, which automatically shuts the engine off at stop lights, restarting when needed.

The hybrid's Driving Experience Control includes an Eco Pro mode in addition to Comfort and Sport modes. Eco Pro promotes fuel efficiency by increasing the time spent in the car's all-electric mode.

Safety
Safety features include antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, side-impact airbags, knee airbags and side curtain airbags. Optional features include parking sensors, parallel parking assist, a backup camera, the Surround View system, adaptive headlights, speed limit information, a lane departure warning system and night vision with pedestrian detection.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
3 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

Most reliable car I have owned.

by CMTReilly from Burlington, NJ on November 8, 2018

This car meets all my needs such as performance and seating. It also has a zoom in/out navigation system as well as state of the art speaker system. And fuel consumption is 35 to 40 MPG's. Read full review

(5.0)

Very smooth ride. steering is like no other

by dynoego from santa clara, CA on March 29, 2017

the transition between the electric motor and the gas motor is very smooth, i added an after market exhaust and it has a super sexy sound. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by BMW

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    196-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

Latest 2013 ActiveHybrid 3 Stories

Change year or vehicle

All Model Years for the BMW ActiveHybrid 3

0 / 0 0 Photos
0 / 0

Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The ActiveHybrid 3 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker

What's your location?

To find the best deals near you, please enter your ZIP code.