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

By Jason Allan

These performance luxury sedans are as different as they are similar. Which one is right for you?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 
Starting Price               $38,900                             $41,450 
Popular Powertrains 
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 

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