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2013 BMW 5-Series Hybrid Review

Though test drivers appreciated its potent acceleration, the 2013 BMW 5-Series Hybrid uses more fuel than most luxury hybrid rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong acceleration
  • Lower fuel economy than rival hybrids
  • Small trunk




Critics' Rating: 6.8
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 9.5
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2013 BMW 5-Series Hybrid Overview

The 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 comes with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine, an electric motor, rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Reviewers agreed that the 5-Series Hybrid has ample power, although a couple critics commented that it doesn’t always feel smooth when driving at low speeds when the gas engine is most frequently cycling on and off. The EPA reports that the 2013 5-Series Hybrid gets 23/30 mpg city/highway, which is decent for the class but much lower than the fuel economy of rival hybrids like the 2013 Lexus GS Hybrid and 2013 Infiniti M Hybrid, as well as the non-hybrid BMW 528i. Many automotive journalists liked the 5-Series Hybrid’s poised handling and strong brakes. However, a few critics found the brakes overly sensitive and wished the steering was sharper.

Automotive journalists reported that the 2013 BMW 5-Series Hybrid has a simple, but appealing, interior design, with first-rate materials. The front and back seats offer plenty of passenger space, reviewers said. However, the 5-Series Hybrid’s trunk is small for the class. Standard features include leather upholstery, a sunroof, Bluetooth, a USB port, push-button start, quad-zone automatic climate control, navigation and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. Available features include heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, a rearview camera, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and night vision with pedestrian detection. Reviewers were impressed by the way the 5-Series Hybrid’s standard navigation system can detect upcoming hills and adjust battery usage for maximum efficiency.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2013 Infiniti M Hybrid gets better fuel economy than the 5-Series Hybrid, and critics loved its powerful acceleration and sporty handling. Reviewers also noted that the M Hybrid’s infotainment system is very easy to use.

Test drivers were impressed with the 2013 Lexus GS Hybrid’s attractive interior design and potent powertrain. The GS Hybrid has a higher fuel economy rating than the 5-Series Hybrid.

Compare the 5-Series Hybrid, M Hybrid and GS Hybrid »

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