They’re both performance-oriented luxury sedans starting around $40,000, but the Acura TLX and BMW 3 Series have some important differences. Let’s see which is stronger in the areas that matter to you.
2022 Acura TLX
The top dog in Acura’s two-car sedan lineup was completely redesigned for 2021. The newest TLX is fun to drive and looks fantastic. Pricing starts at $38,900.
Acura TLX Highlights
Class-above presence: While the TLX and 3 Series are similarly sized inside, the Acura is almost 9 inches longer than the BMW. In the land of bigger is better, the more substantial TLX holds a visual advantage.
Excellent resale value: Strong reliability and resale value are two pillars of Acura’s appeal. Combined with a starting price that puts it about $2,500 below the BMW, you’ll pay less for a similarly equipped TLX up front, and you’ll recoup a bigger share of that money when you sell it.
Longer powertrain warranty: Both cars offer 4 years or 50,000 miles of basic warranty coverage. But the Acura’s engine, transmission and related parts are covered by a longer 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the TLX models for sale near you.
2022 BMW 3 Series
The sports sedan of sports sedans essentially created the category as we know it today. The BMW 3 Series remains as engaging as it is legendary. Pricing starts at $41,450.
BMW 3 Series Highlights
Famously exquisite driving feel: As is the case with so many performance-oriented European cars, there’s just something especially satisfying about driving the BMW 3 Series. Both cars are a blast, but the 3 Series can be more rewarding than the TLX. The BMW’s rear-wheel-drive design is no small factor here.
Superior fuel economy: In base form, the 3 Series is rated to return rather impressive city/highway combined fuel economy of 30 mpg. The TLX is rated for a lackluster 25 mpg. Fuel economy hasn’t been a top consideration for most shoppers in this segment historically, but gas prices being what they are, every little bit helps.
Broader lineup: If you count the high-performance BMW M3, the expansive 3 Series lineup offers enough upgrades to reach $90,000. For buyers who want it all, the BMW is capable of delivering more. The TLX lineup tops out around $55,000.
Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the 3 Series models for sale near you.
Standard 2.0-liter turbo engines, available all-wheel drive, interior room
The Acura TLX and BMW 3 Series are as different as they are similar. The bigger and boldly styled TLX is also a more pragmatic choice, while the 3 Series can deliver a purer sense of driving enjoyment. Which one speaks to you?
|2022 Acura TLX||2022 BMW 3 Series|
|Engine||2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder||2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder|
|Horsepower||272 hp @ 6,500 rpm||255 hp @ 5,000 rpm|
|Torque||280 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm||294 lb-ft @ 1,550 rpm|
|Transmission||10-speed automatic||8-speed automatic|
|Fuel Economy||22 city/31 highway/25 combined mpg||26 city/36 highway/30 combined mpg|
|Also Available||Turbo V6, all-wheel drive||Turbo 6-cylinder, plug-in hybrid, all-wheel drive|
|Basic Warranty||4 years/50,000 miles||4 years/50,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||6 years/70,000 miles||4 years/50,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||5 stars||5 stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||113.0 inches||112.2 inches|
|Overall Length||194.6 inches||185.7 inches|
|Width||75.2 inches||71.9 inches|
|Height||56.4 inches||56.8 inches|
|Turning Diameter||40.1 feet||37.4 feet|
|Headroom, Front||37.2 inches||38.7 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||36.3 inches||37.6 inches|
|Legroom, Front||42.5 inches||42.0 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||34.9 inches||35.2 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||58.2 inches||56.0 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||55.0 inches||54.6 inches|
|Cargo Space||13.5 cubic feet||13.0 cubic feet|