How does the 2022 Acura TLX compare with the BMW 3 Series?

They’re both performance-oriented luxury sedans starting around $40,000, but the Acura TLX and BMW 3 Series have some key differences. Let’s see what’s strongest in the areas that matter to you.

2022 Acura TLX

The top dog in Acura’s two-car sedan lineup has been completely redesigned for 2021. The all-new TLX is fun to drive and looks fantastic. Pricing starts at $38,900.

Acura TLX Highlights

Presence out of class: While the TLX and 3 Series are similar in size inside, the Acura is nearly 9 inches longer than the BMW BMW,
In the land of bigger is better, the more substantial TLX holds a visual edge.

Excellent resale value: High reliability and resale value are the 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, and you’ll get more of that money back when you sell it.

Extended Powertrain Warranty: Both cars offer a base warranty of 4 years or 50,000 miles. But the Acura’s engine, transmission and related parts are backed by a longer 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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2022 BMW 3 Series

The BMW 3 series


The sport sedan of sports sedans essentially created the category as we know it today. The BMW 3 Series remains as endearing as it is legendary. Pricing starts at $41,450.

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Highlights of the BMW 3 Series

Driving sensations reputed to be exquisite: As is the case with so many performance-oriented European cars, there’s just something particularly satisfying about driving the BMW 3 Series. Both cars are great, 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 its base form, the 3 Series is designed to produce a rather impressive combined city/highway fuel economy of 30 mpg. The TLX is rated for a lackluster 25 mpg. Historically, fuel economy hasn’t been a primary consideration for most buyers in this segment, but gas prices being what they are, every little bit counts.

Wider range: If you count the high-performance BMW M3, the extensive 3 Series lineup offers enough upgrades to hit $90,000. For buyers who want it all, the BMW is capable of offering more. The TLX range is around $55,000.

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Standard 2.0-liter turbo engines, all-wheel drive available, interior space


The Acura TLX and the BMW 3 Series are as different as they are similar. The bigger, bolder-styled TLX is also a more pragmatic choice, while the 3 Series can offer more pure driving pleasure. Which speaks to you?

2022 Acura TLX

2022 BMW 3 Series

Starting price



Popular powertrains


2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo

2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo


272 hp at 6,500 rpm

255 hp at 5000 rpm


280 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

294 lb-ft at 1,550 rpm


10-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

fuel economy

22 city/31 highway/25 mpg combined

26 city/36 highway/30 mpg combined

Also available

V6 turbo, all-wheel drive

6-cylinder turbo, 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

Maximum seating capacity




113.0 inches

112.2 inches

Total length

194.6 inches

185.7 inches


75.2 inches

71.9 inches


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

Leg room, front

42.5 inches

42.0 inches

Leg room, 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

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