2017 Acura TLX vs. 2017 BMW 3 Series


If you’re shopping for a midsize luxury sedan, you’ve likely come across the 2017 Acura TLX and the 2017 BMW 3 Series. While these models have many similarities, a closer look reveals striking differences that could simplify your shopping your experience. For your convenience, the team at Acura of Chattanooga has compared the performance, comfort, and affordability of the TLX and 3 Series. Read on to learn more about these two premium sedans!


The 2017 Acura TLX comes standard with a 206-hp 2.4L gas engine, and offers an available 290-hp 3.5L engine. Meanwhile, the base 2017 BMW 3 Series features a 2.0L gas engine with just 180 hp on tap. Even the penultimate 3 Series, which produces 248 hp, can’t match the power of the TLX Sedan’s 3.5L engine. When it comes to horsepower, the Acura TLX wins out with higher specs on its lower trim levels. This means you can confidently cruise through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, or head to Downtown Nashville for a night around town, without footing the bill for a costly trim upgrade.

Comfort and Convenience

While both sedans offer a variety of standard comforts, the Acura TLX goes a step further than the BMW 3 Series. Offering a cool breeze or skyward view, the TLX comes with a power moonroof – an optional feature for the 3 Series. Additionally, features like a power driver’s seat and heated front seats are standard on the TLX and optional on the 3 Series. The TLX also includes a rearview camera, which delivers a cohesive view behind the vehicle. Meanwhile, it costs extra to install a rearview camera on the 3 Series. You can also see vividly with LED headlights on the TLX, but they’re another cost-added feature for the 3 Series.

Pricing and Warranty

If price points matter in your luxury sedan decision, then let us show you the advantages of a TLX. The MSRP for the entry-level 3 Series begins at $33,450, while the MSRP for the entry-level TLX begins at $32,000.* The topmost 3 Series trim starts at $49,900 MSRP, while the highest TLX starts at $44,900 MSRP.* The TLX offers a better deal from the entry-level trim to the highest trim. The TLX Sedan’s powertrain warranty also lasts longer than that of the 3 Series. The powertrain warranty for the TLX lasts for 72 months or 70,000 miles. Meanwhile, the 3 Series Sedan’s powertrain warranty lasts for 48 months or 50,000 miles.

Try the Winning TLX Today!

In a side-by-side comparison, the 2017 Acura TLX surpasses the 2017 BMW 3 Series, and emerges as a true winner. Nashville and Knoxville drivers, come to Acura of Chattanooga to experience the TLX Sedan’s performance and features first-hand, as well as its exceptional rates. Contact us online to book your appointment for a test drive!

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge is $950 for sedans and $975 for SUVs. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.