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The Acura TLX and the BMW 3 Series are both excellent vehicles, but it’s often difficult to choose from two equally excellent and enticing choices. Both are performance luxury sedans starting around the same prices, but some minute differences make one of them the better choice. Below are three reasons to skip the Acura TLX and choose the BMW 3 Series.

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The BMW 3 Series offers better handling

Drivers who have driven a BMW in the past will understand what we mean here. This performance-oriented car offers an enriching and satisfying driving experience according to Kelley Blue Book (KBB). 

The rear-wheel drive design also plays a part in how the vehicle handles, but an all-wheel drive option is also available. The smooth powertrain offers a serene ride, and the strong brakes make for excellent driving. The M340i offers 382 horsepower, which makes for effortless power. Whether you choose the four-cylinder 330i, the plug-in hybrid 330e, or the M340i, there’s a perfect choice for any driver.

Drivers can also choose between two suspension setups on this luxury car: they can stick with the base arrangement or upgrade to a suspension with adaptive dampers. Adaptive dampers adjust the suspension system instantly to adapt to driving conditions. This both improves handling and smooths the ride.

The Acura TLX gets worse fuel economy

When it comes to fuel economy, the BMW 3 series is the clear choice for saving money on fuel. The 2022 Acura TLX only has a combined fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon. In comparison, the 3 series has a combined fuel economy of 30 miles per gallon.

The average American worker commutes a total of 40 miles a day to and from work, which would be 20 miles to work and 20 miles back. If the driver filled up their car each time they reached a quarter of a tank, the driver of the BMW 3 Series would have to fill their tank every 8.5 working days while the driver of the Acura TLX would have to fill their vehicle every 7.2 working days.

BMW offers an incredible variety

When it comes to having a variety of choices for a luxury car, the BMW 3 Series offers a broader lineup of upgrades that deliver the unique look, feel, and performance that you want in a vehicle. If you add all the upgrades that the BMW 3 Series offers, the price of the car reaches $90,000, compared to the 2022 TLX reaching only $55,000.

You can choose from many wheel types, upgrade the interior upholstery to Vernasca Leather, or even upgrade the interior trim to a high gloss ash wood. If you select the premium package, it comes with a HUD display, heated steering wheel, heated front seats, keyless entry, and lumbar support. You can add a dynamic handling package and a driving assistance package.

This type of customization is what most luxury car shoppers want to see. While the 2022 Acura TLX isn’t a slouch by any means, the BMW 3 Series does have advantages where it matters most.


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