2014 BMW 3-Series Hybrid Review

The 2014 BMW 3 Series Hybrid offers the good reliability you'd expect from a BMW, but just so-so overall performance and low safety scores for the class. However, the 3 Series Hybrid's middling ranking is more indicative of a competitive class than a bad car. 

Pros & Cons

  • Strong acceleration
  • Spacious back seat
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Poor fuel economy for a hybrid




Critics' Rating: 6.7
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 8.9
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2014 BMW 3-Series Hybrid Overview

Is the 2014 BMW 3 Series Hybrid a Good Used Car?

Shoppers mainly consider hybrids for their fuel economy. As such, the 2014 3 Series Hybrid disappoints, with lower efficiency estimates than many other hybrids. However, it still features raucous engine power, a roomy cabin, and a long list of standard and available features. There's not much to be gained by buying the 3 Series Hybrid over a nonhybrid 3 Series

Used 2014 BMW 3 Series Hybrid Performance and Interior

The 2014 BMW 3 Series Hybrid is powered by a six-cylinder TwinPower turbocharged engine and an electric motor, which together make 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. This sports sedan can accelerate up to 45 mph on only electric power for up to 2.5 miles. In all other situations, though, the single turbocharger gives the car brute acceleration and good amounts of instant torque. Rear-wheel drive and an automatic transmission are also standard. Unlike other 3 Series models, the hybrid is not available with BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system. The extra weight of the battery negatively impacts handling, so the 3 Series Hybrid doesn’t match the overall sportiness of its gas-only brethren. Still, it handles with composure and exhibits a comfortable ride. The braking system functions well, but the transition to regenerative brakes can be rough. 

The 3 Series Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Those estimates are lower than most other 2014 hybrid cars, and also worse than the BMW 328i diesel model. Even compared to the 2014 BMW 3 Series 335i – which has the same inline-six turbocharged engine as the hybrid (minus the electric motor) – going with the hybrid would only save you about $200 per year in fuel costs. 

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The 2014 3 Series Hybrid seats five on standard leatherette upholstery. The front seats feature power adjustments. Some models may have full leather upholstery, heated seats, or front sport seats. The 3 Series Hybrid boasts ample rear legroom for taller passengers, while the driver enjoys a commanding view of the road. The front seats are also comfortable, and the available sport seats are even more supportive. There are two complete LATCH connections in the second row, with an additional tether anchor for the middle seat.  

Standard features in the 3 Series Hybrid include dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and the iDrive infotainment system. Other available amenities include a Harman Kardon sound system, satellite radio, a navigation system, proximity key entry, a heated steering wheel, a rearview camera, parking sensors, a head-up display, and a surround view camera. In lieu of a touch screen, the iDrive system uses a control knob on the center console. The interface is generally intuitive and has sharp graphics and quick response times. 

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Used 2014 BMW 3 Series Hybrid Prices

The average price of a used 2014 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 sedan is about $30,200. Actual prices will depend on the car's mileage, condition, and features, and can fluctuate with demand.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 BMW 3 Series Hybrid?

J.D. Power and Associates gives the 2014 BMW 3 Series Hybrid sedan a reliability score of four out of five. That rating is solidly above the industry-wide average of three out of five.

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How Safe Is the 3 Series Hybrid?

The 2014 3 Series Hybrid earned a perfect five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with five stars in the side crash and rollover tests and four out of five stars in the frontal crash test. In four Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, the 3 Series received the highest rating of Good. In the fifth – the small overlap front test – it earned the second-lowest rating of Marginal. 

There are no standard driver assistance features in the 3 Series Hybrid, but it's available with a wide variety of technologies, including a rearview camera, parking sensors, a surround view camera, a head-up display, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning. 

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Should I Consider Another Used 3 Series Hybrid?

The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 Series sedan was introduced as a new vehicle for the 2013 model year. 2015 marked the final year for the model. Since there are few differences between the three model years, you may want to consider buying an older model to save money. 

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Which Used BMW 3 Series Hybrid Is Right for Me?

The 2014 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 only comes in one main trim level. Most extra features could be added as part of a package when the car was new. Therefore, you'll want to look for a used model with the Driver Assistance package, which has a rearview camera and parking sensors. Some models may have performance upgrades like an M-Sport adaptive suspension or upgraded brakes.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned 3 Series Hybrid. The BMW CPO program has three levels based on the vehicle’s age and the number of miles on the odometer: Certified Pre-Owned Elite, Certified Pre-Owned, and Pre-Owned. Each level receives the balance of the original new-car warranty. Certified Pre-Owned Elite vehicles get an additional one-year/25,000-mile warranty, while Certified Pre-Owned models receive an additional two-year/50,000-mile warranty. Pre-Owned BMWs receive no additional coverage. Each BMW undergoes an inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the BMW warranty page carefully. 

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2014 BMW 3 Series Hybrid and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 BMW 3 Series Hybrid or 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid?

It's a close call between the 2014 3 Series Hybrid and the 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid. The BMW gets a solid reliability score, while the Infiniti's mark is merely average. The Q50 Hybrid gets slightly higher safety scores and has a lower cost of ownership, along with lower average sales prices. Both sedans have powerful engines, but the Q50 Hybrid earns better fuel efficiency. The BMW may be more fun to drive, though, as the Infiniti's steering feels numb.

Which Is Better: 2014 BMW 3 Series Hybrid or 2014 Lexus CT Hybrid?

The 2014 Lexus CT Hybrid matches the 3 Series Hybrid's good reliability score and is a more practical choice than the BMW. Since it's a hatchback, the CT offers more utility than the BMW. It also boasts lower ownership costs and much lower purchase prices than the BMW. The CT’s performance pales in comparison to the 3 Series Hybrid and its ample turbo engine power, but fuel economy above 40 mpg should make this Lexus an attractive choice for anyone considering a hybrid for efficiency.

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