2018 Acura TLX vs. 2017 BMW 3 Series

2018 Acura TLX Silver


2017 BMW 3-Series Red

3 Series

Those who expect comparing the 2018 Acura TLX to the 2017 BMW 3 Series to prove taxing are often stunned by just how unambiguously the Acura leaps ahead. If you’re looking for a luxury sedan boasting a captivating blend of sophisticated styling and sporty performance, you’ll swiftly find yourself making the trip from Norman or Yukon to Bob Howard Acura to take a closer look at the 2018 Acura TLX.

Power and Performance

The 2018 Acura TLX summons up to 206 hp as standard from a 2.4L in-line four-cylinder engine, enough for your drive to feel noticeably more engaging than that of the standard 2017 BMW 3 Series, which makes 180 hp from a 2.0L four-cylinder.

Superior power aside, the Acura TLX’s most significant edge over the 2017 BMW 3 Series comes in the guise of its available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system. It distributes power between left and right wheels as well as between front and rear, so steering feeling thrillingly responsive.


The 2018 Acura TLX has been designed to exceed expectations, even with standard models, and that’s instantly apparent after a comparison with the 2017 BMW 3 Series.

Where the BMW fails to include even a rearview camera is standard, the Acura equips a multi-view rear camera with dynamic guidelines across all models, and offers a surround view camera as an option. Where the BMW provides a 6-way manually adjustable driver’s seat as standard, the 2018 Acura TLX ensures exceptional support and comfort by including a 10-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support and heating functionality. The BMW also lacks many of the Acura’s pioneering comfort features, including GPS-Linked Automatic Climate Control.


The 2018 Acura TLX will carve corners through Norman with athleticism absent from its rival, or adjust the temperature in Yukon according to precise GPS climate tracking. Those are fantastic advantages, and they’re backed by a commitment to the bedrock concern of all drivers: safety.

The 2018 Acura TLX prioritizes protection by including the following driver-assistance technologies as standard:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking

  • Adaptive Cruise Control

  • Lane Keep Assist

  • Road Departure Mitigation

These features are available with the 2017 BMW 3 Series, but you’ll need to pay extra for them.

The 2018 Acura TLX Raises Sport Sedan Standards

Even committed BMW drivers will cede that the 2017 BMW 3 Series has some growing to do before seriously matching the latest Acura TLX. To find out more or explore financing options, just contact Bob Howard Acura or come see us in Oklahoma City