• Inventory Prices: $14,974–$26,526
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 26
  • Engine: 300-hp, 3.0-liter I-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

Our Take on the Latest Model 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

What We Don't Like

  • Battery pack reduces trunk space

Notable Features

  • Hybrid version of the 5 Series
  • Lithium-ion battery pack
  • EPA-estimated 23/30 mpg city/highway
  • Can travel up to 37 mph on electric power
  • Hybrid technology works with navigation system to optimize performance

2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Reviews

Vehicle Overview

The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 hybrid can seat up to five people and drive up to 37 mph on electric power alone. The car retains typical BMW performance; it can go from zero to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds, according to the automaker. Competitors include the Infiniti M35h and Lexus GS 450h hybrids.
Subtle styling cues differentiate the ActiveHybrid 5 from the regular 5 Series. There are logos on the rear roof pillars, galvanized slats in the twin-kidney grille and matte chrome tailpipes. The sedan comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, but aerodynamic 18-inch alloy wheels are optional. It also gets an exclusive paint color: Bluewater Metallic.
Differences in the cabin are similarly minimal. The doorsill plates have the ActiveHybrid 5 logo, and there's a logo plate on the center console, too. A navigation system and four-zone climate control are standard, and the ActiveHybrid 5 can have most of the features available in the regular 5 Series. Optional features include ventilated seats, a premium stereo and a backseat entertainment system.
Under the Hood
The ActiveHybrid 5'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. The battery is located between the rear wheel arches in the trunk, resulting in less cargo space than the regular 5 Series.

In addition to driving on electric power at speeds up to 37 mph, the ActiveHybrid 5 can go about 2.5 miles on electric power alone at an average speed of 22 mph with a sufficiently charged battery, according to BMW. 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. The ActiveHybrid 5 also gets its own version of BMW's fuel-saving stop/start technology.

The hybrid drivetrain also works with the navigation system, customizing its operation based on upcoming driving conditions. If hilly terrain is on the horizon, for instance, it can provide supplemental electric acceleration beforehand knowing the battery has a chance to recharge on descents. Unlike other 5 Series models, the ActiveHybrid 5 is only available with rear-wheel drive.

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 features include antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags. Optional features include parking sensors, a backup camera, the Surround View system, a lane departure warning system and night vision with pedestrian detection.

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2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Safety Ratings

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There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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