Pros and Cons: From BMW 3 Series to Acura TLX

March 20th, 2017 by

When going from one car to another, you often want to know what you’re getting and what you’re giving up. For inquiring Acura buyers, many may have owned a BMW in the past, or are simply looking to cross-shop.

In this post, we’ll be comparing the pros and cons of going from a BMW 3-Series to an Acura TLX. Both have their fine points, so the ultimate decision will come down to personal preference on many of these issues.

Let’s get right into it!

Pro: Comfortability

One of the biggest positives about Acura vehicles in general is the comfort you get. Instead of focused on being a sports car built for luxury, like BMW, the TLX is built to be a luxury car with the right balance of performance and refinement.

You’ll find less cabin noise, a smoother suspension, and a more simplified driving experience in the Acura TLX vs. the BMW 3-series.

Pro: Pricing

Acura is known for its value-based pricing, setting it up as the most affordable in most luxury vehicle segments. And the TLX is no different. Brand new, with similarly equipped packages, the difference between these vehicles is just over $15,000. That may be less when choosing pre-owned models, as BMW vehicles tend to depreciate at a higher rate than Acura vehicles.

Built out, a new TLX (V6 SH-AWD) will run you just $45,000, before accessories or wheel upgrades are added. The BMW 340i xDrive Sedan without any performance, added accessories, or wheel upgrades, comes in at just over $60,000.

Pro: Reliability

Because of Acura’s Honda-based platforms, the company’s vehicles come with incredible reliability typically unseen in the luxury vehicle market.

In J.D. Power’s 2016 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, Acura was rated with an average of 129 problems per 100 vehicles. BMW scored 142 problems per 100 vehicles. These ratings made Acura one of the highest rated luxury brands in terms of dependability, and BMW one of the worst.

Pro/Con: Driving Style

If you’re after an overly-engaging and sports car-like driving experience from a luxury vehicle, BMW no doubt does this very well in the 3 series.

However, some of you may be looking to avoid that type of driving style. In terms of pro/cons, this is the most subjective section.

Con: No Manual Transmission Option

The manual transmission has been slowly disappearing from many vehicles, especially in many luxury segments. But BMW is holding out and offering enthusiasts the option to this day.

Acura, on the other hand, has not offered a manual since the 2014 TL and TSX models.

Con: No Performance Options

BMW offers a ton of performance upgrades on the 3-series, for buyers interested in taking their luxury car to the next level. This includes options like a 320-hp 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine, adaptive M suspension, sport brakes, sport steering, and more.

The TLX does not offer these types of performance options. Instead, it’s focused on a balance of refined driving performance and comfortability.