A Compromise for Hybrid Drivers at Center BMW
From the time hybrids first started rolling off of automakers' assembly lines, the battle between fuel efficiency and powerful, entertaining driving began. For the first several years of the hybrid's existence, drivers had to either choose respectable horsepower and sporty driving, or fuel efficiency and environmental friendliness. There literally was no middle ground, and nobody appreciates this sort of lack in compromise, right?
Well, lack no more, folks, as the 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 offers great EPA numbers and excellent horsepower, and when you take those two things and spice them up with the attractive exterior of the BMW 5 Series,Los Angeles drivers are going to love the final result. This is a huge step in the right direction for hybrids, and BMW hybrids in particular.
For starters, the latest ActiveHybrid 5 gets 37 MPG on the highway and 31 MPG overall, thanks to a 40kw electric motor that does some really cool (and efficient things) at low speeds and in stop-start traffic. In fact, as long as this car goes below 37mph, it doesn't have to use any gas at all, and that's something in-town commuters are really going to appreciate.
Add that to a sweet 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo V6 engine that pumps out upwards of 300 horsepower, and you've got a great combination of the two things early hybrids were never able to quite figure out. BMW has got it figured out now, though, and that's a good thing for the future of these vehicles. Actually, it's a pretty good thing for the present of these vehicles, too.