2018 Acura TLX vs. 2018 BMW 3 Series

The Acura TLX is a dynamic and well-equipped platform for buyers looking for a luxury sedan. For the current model year, Acura has made a few subtle changes to the 2018 TLX. Upgrades include a revised front-end, active driver safety aids on every trim and a faster version of the Acura infotainment system. Also, the automaker has introduced the sporty A-Spec trim for the 2018 TLX. In order to help customers get the best possible idea of what is available, Bill Gatton Acura has completed a head-to-head comparison of the 2018 Acura TLX vs. 2018 BMW 3 Series. The 2018 Acura TLX is now available at the Bill Gatton Acura showroom. Anyone interested taking a closer look at the new TLX model can schedule a test drive with a dealership representative today.

A car-buyer considering the 2018 Acura TLX or 2018 BMW 3 Series will have a lot of options to consider. The current Acura TLX comes in six trim grades: TLX 2.4L, TLX 2.4L with Technology, TLX 3.5L, TLX 3.5L with Technology, TLX 3.5L A-Spec and TLX 3.5L with Advance. Looking at the entry-level models of both luxury sedans, buyers will see that both the 2018 TLX and BMW 3 Series share a few common features including keyless entry/ignition, Bluetooth connectivity and dual-zone climate controls. One area where the 2018 Acura TLX is able to outshine the 2018 BMW 3 Series is with its active safety systems. The AcuraWatch suite is standard equipment on all six Acura TLX trims for the current model year and helps prevent crashes before they occur.


2018 Acura TLX Vs. 2018 BMW 3 Series
2.4-L, 4-Cyl. Engine Turbo., 2.0-L, 4-Cyl.
206/182 Horsepower/Torque 180/200
Eight-speed automatic Transmission Six-speed manual
14.3 cu.-ft. Trunk Space 13 cu.-ft.


Performance Specs

When it comes to performance specifications, the 2018 Acura TLX has a marked advantage over the entry-level BMW 3 Series. Bill Gatton Acura customers considering the TLX will start out with a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine making 206 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. By comparison the BMW 3 Series starts its owners with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that doesn't match the peak power output of the 2018 Acura TLX. The top-of-the-line trims of the 2018 Acura TLX uses powerful and efficient V-6 engine that can produce 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque.

A front left quarter photo of a 2018 Acura TLX in a photo studio.
A close up photo of a tail light assembly found on the 2018 Acura TLX.

A close up photo of the center gauge cluster in the 2018 Acura TLX
A photo of the dashboard and infotainment system in the 2018 Acura TLX.


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