No two vehicles define the standoff between traditional German engineering and cutting-edge performance like the 2017 Acura TLX and 2017 BMW 3 Series. Rivalling for supremacy within the intensely competitive luxury sedan segment, each vehicle aims to embody the best its manufacturer can deliver, so which one does it better?
BMW nameplates enjoy a certain reputation for engaging performance, which is one reason why the 2017 BMW 3 Series feels relatively uninspiring. With only a 180-hp 2.0L inline four-cylinder fitted as standard, the vehicle is surprisingly slow for one that aspires to luxury status.
In contrast, the 2017 Acura TLX delivers up to 206 hp as standard through its own 2.4L inline four-cylinder, resulting in a noticeable boost to acceleration and overall cruising power. Further benefits over the 2017 BMW 3 Series include:
Paddle Shifters: Both vehicles equip automatic transmission as standard, but only the Acura TLX lets you manually change the gear ratio with standard paddle shifters.
Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS): The world’s first such system included in a production car grants lightning reflexes and an intimate connection between drive and driver.
Despite delivering more impressive performance specs, the Acura TLX actually marginally outperforms the BMW 3 Series in terms of efficiency, making up to 24 mpg in the city* to the BMW’s 23 mpg in the city.
Acura TLX drivers will soak up their world-class drive while immersed in leading interior luxury. Able to perform above and beyond even the highest of industry standards, the vehicle supplies the following elegant comfort features as standard:
Power Driver Seat: Adjust support at the touch of a button to accommodate your unique size and shape.
Memory Settings: Store two configurations for seats, HVAC systems, automatic headlights, and exterior mirrors.
Front Heated Seats: Winds starting to blow cold across Westmont and Aurora? Just turn on your heated front seats.
Unfortunately, these amenities aren’t standard with the 2017 BMW 3 Series.
The 2017 Acura TLX replicates its exceptional level of interior comfort by treating drivers to an engaging array of top-tier technologies as standard, including:
Dual Displays: An upper 8-inch display and a lower 7-inch touchscreen comes standard. The BMW 3 Series provides a sole 6.5-inch display as standard.
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines: Cycle between three separate viewing modes for a complete picture of the area behind your vehicle. The BMW 3 Series charges extra for a single-angle camera.
Satellite Radio: It isn’t often that vehicles in the luxury sedan class fail to deliver the crystal-clear audio of satellite radio as standard, but the latest BMW 3 Series does just that.
Whether you’re backing into a tight parking space in Wheaton or hankering for world-class performance in Plainfield, the 2017 Acura TLX will suit your needs more completely than the 2017 BMW 3 Series. To find out more or arrange a test drive, don’t hesitate to contact Continental Acura of Naperville today.
* Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.
** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).
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