BMW

Taking a wide-reaching portfolio approach to reducing fuel use and emissions, BMW is using any technology that yields greater efficiencies—as long as it doesn’t undermine the performance of “the ultimate driving machine.” There’s a reason for buying a BMW, right? What’s in the portfolio? Stop-start systems (also known as micro-hybrids), regenerative braking, low resistance tires, optimized drivetrains, lightweight construction, electric power steering, and even gear shift indicators informing the driver when to upshift or downshift for maximum efficiency. BMW calls these systems “efficient dynamics”—a code word for making large fast engines a little more conservative. The company is mostly avoiding the term “hybrid,” which is perhaps too wimpy for its brand image. BMW also rolled out two pricey clean diesel vehicles in late 2008, and continues to experiment with limited-run hydrogen-powered cars. See our list of BMW models and read the latest news about the company’s fuel efficient models.

Name Combined MPG Technology MSRP Available
BMW X6 Hybrid

BMW X6 Hybrid

An SUV that has crossed over into sports car territory.
18 MPG Hybrid $90000 Now
2008 BMW 335d

2008 BMW 335d

The 3-series with a 3.0-liter biturbo inline-six diesel powerplant.
29 MPG Diesel $44700 Now
2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d

2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d

High-performance, luxury SUV. Now more efficient as a diesel.
23 MPG Diesel $52000 Now
2008 BMW Hydrogen 7

2008 BMW Hydrogen 7

The BMW Hydrogen 7— essentially a 7 Series sedan—burns sub-zero liquid hydrogen in its conventional V-12 engine.
MPG Hydrogen $ Concept
2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

Think of it as a 530i with improved fuel economy and fewer emissions.
26 MPG Hybrid $60000 Now
2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 7

2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 7

The fastest-accelerating hybrid sedan in the world
20 MPG Hybrid $97000 Now
2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 Overview

2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 Overview

28 MPG $49650 Now
2013 BMW ActiveHybrid5 Overview

2013 BMW ActiveHybrid5 Overview

26 MPG $60950 Now
2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Overview

2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Overview

25 MPG $84895 Now
2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 Review – Video

2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 Review – Video

Launched September 2012, BMW's third ActiveHybrid is a potent twin-turbo six-cylinder 3 Series given the full hybrid treatment.
28 MPG Hybrid $50195 Now