2016 Acura TLX vs. 2015 BMW 3-Series Sedan: Compare the Acura TLX to the BMW 3-Series
2016 Acura TLX sedanVS2015 BMW 3-Series sedan
With four cylinders or six, on highways, back roads or city streets, the TLX outperforms the 3-Series.

Acura 2016 TLX Features
  • Performance
  • Driver Assists
  • Interior
  • Exterior
PerformanceThe 2.4L TLX pairs an 8-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission with Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS®), while the BMW transmission feels one clutch short of a full deck, and the rear wheels don’t multitask. On the TLX V-6, available Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD®) provides you with precision torque vectoring on twisty roads, something the BMW X-Drive system can’t deliver.
2016 Acura TLX V-6 performance sedan
Driver AssistsWith the available Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Road Departure Mitigation system and the Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)59, the TLX essentially comes with a co-pilot, ready to lend a hand, eyes or a foot at a microsecond’s notice. In the 3-Series, you’re always driving the machine on your own.
2016 Acura TLX sedan
InteriorStandard on the TLX means upgrade for the 3-Series. Here’s what you will pay extra for on the BMW: Moonroof, heated front seats, multi-view rear camera50, power adjustable front seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, adjustable driver’s lumbar support, anti-theft alarm, and keyless entry. We could keep going, but why rub it in.
TLX V-6 with Advance Package shown
2016 Acura TLX interior
ExteriorStunning Jewel Eye® LED headlights are standard equipment on the TLX. They shine brighter and whiter, longer and wider and last much longer than traditional halogen bulbs. Looking for LED headlights on the 3-Series will leave you in the dark.
2016 Acura TLX sedan
Feature Comparison
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  • 2016 Acura TLX wheel2015 BMW 3-Series wheel
    The thin, tapered spokes on the V-6 model’s 18-inch alloy wheels disguise their rugged, high performance capabilities.
  • 2016 Acura TLX LED headlights2015 BMW 3-Series headlights
    Jewel Eye® LED headlights illuminate the distant future, while the BMW headlights merely nod to the past.
  • 2016 Acura TLX dashboard2015 BMW 3-Series dashboard
    TLX with Technology Package shown
    340i shown

    A well-organized dashboard with a metallic finish trumps the 3-Series offering at every turn.
  • 2016 Acura TLX backseat2015 BMW 3-Series backseat
    A wider cabin makes a fifth passenger more than just a talking point.
  • 2016 Acura TLX shifter knob2015 BMW 3-Series shifter knob
    TLX V-6 shown
    340i shown

    On the V-6 model, the traditional shifter knob has been replaced with air.
  • 2016 Acura TLX touchscreen2015 BMW 3-Series touchscreen
    TLX with Technology Package shown
    340i shown

    Bright, intuitive touchscreen simplicity comes standard. Perfectly tactile buttons and knobs, too.
Price, Performance And More.
2015 BMW 3-Series sedan2016 Acura TLX sedan
Starting at$31,9001$32,950
Standard horsepower206-hp180-hp
Standard transmission8-speed dual-clutch automatic6-speed manual
Available transmission9-speed automatic8-speed automatic
All wheel steeringStandard (2WD)Not available
AWD torque vectoringAvailableNot available
LED headlightsStandardNot available
MoonroofStandardNot standard
Heated front seatsStandardNot standard
Power front seatsStandardNot standard
Adjustable driver’s lumbar supportStandardNot standard
Split fold down rear seatbackStandardNot standard
Rear camera50StandardNot standard
Keyless entryStandardNot standard
Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with head-up warningAvailableNot available
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)59AvailableNot available
Road Departure Mitigation systemAvailableNot available