2022 Acura TLX vs. 2022 BMW 3 Series Comparison

2022 acura tlx type s

They are both performance luxury sedans starting at around $40,000, but the Acura TLX and BMW 3 Series have some key differences. Let’s see which one is stronger in the areas that matter to you.

2022 Acura TLX

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The top dog in Acura’s two-car sedan lineup was completely redesigned for 2021. The latest TLX is fun to drive and looks fantastic. The price starts at $38,900.

Acura TLX Highlights

Class-up attendance: While the TLX and 3 Series are the same size inside, the Acura is nearly 9 inches longer than the BMW. In the land of bigger is better, the more substantial TLX has a visual advantage.

Excellent trade-in 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 comparably equipped TLX up front, and you’ll recoup a bigger chunk of that money when you sell it.

Extended 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 an extended 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Check out this week’s Fair Purchase Price or check out the TLX models for sale near you.

2022 BMW 3 Series

BMW 3 Series 2021 in blue

BMW 3 Series 2021 in blue

The sports saloon of the sports sedans essentially created the category as we know it today. The BMW 3 Series remains as captivating as it is legendary. The price starts at $41,450.

Highlights of the BMW 3 Series

Famously exquisite driving feeling: As is the case with so many performance European cars, there is just something particularly satisfying about driving the BMW 3 Series. Both cars are great, but the 3 Series may be more rewarding than the TLX. The design of the BMW with rear-wheel drive plays an important role in this.

Superior fuel economy: In base form, the 3 Series delivers a pretty impressive combined fuel economy of 30 mpg between city and highway. The TLX is capable of a measly 25 mpg. Fuel economy has not been a top consideration for most buyers in this segment in the past, but if gas prices are what they are, every little bit helps.

Wider lineup: If you count the high-performance BMW M3, the expansive 3 Series lineup offers enough upgrades to hit $90,000. For buyers who want it all, the BMW can deliver more. The TLX lineup comes in at about $55,000.

Check out this week’s fair purchase price or check out the 3 Series models for sale near you.


Standard 2.0-litre turbo engines, available four-wheel drive, interior space


The Acura TLX and BMW 3 Series are as different as they are similar. The bigger and bolder TLX is also a more pragmatic choice, while the 3 Series can offer a purer sense of driving pleasure. Which one appeals to you?

2022 Acura TLX 2022 BMW 3 Series
Starting price $38,900 $41,450
Popular powertrains
Engine 2.0-litre turbo 4-cylinder 2.0-litre turbo 4-cylinder
horsepower 272 hp @ 6,500 rpm 255 hp @ 5,000 rpm
Couple 280 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm 294 lb-ft @ 1,550 rpm
Transfer 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 General Safety Assessment 5 stars 5 stars
Maximum seating capacity 5 5
wheelbase 113.0 inches 112.2 inches
Total 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 in
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