2023 Acura TLX vs. the Competition Audi A4 & BMW 3 Series

When it comes to luxury sedans, three of the most recognizable names in the segment are the Acura TLX, Audi A4, and BMW 3 Series. Although the Audi A4 and the BMW 3-Series have solid reputations among luxury buyers, a closer look at the details will show they don’t quite measure up to the TLX in several significant ways. To demonstrate how the TLX is the superior choice for those looking for a luxury sport sedan, our team at Joe Rizza Acura has assembled this in-depth model comparison. Once you see the results, it will be even easier to understand why more drivers are choosing the Acura TLX over the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series.

Acura TLX vs Audi A4

Acura TLX Exterior
Audi A4 Exterior
2023 Acura TLX Base VS 2023 Audi A4 45 Premium
$39,650 ✓ Starting MSRP* (excluding destination charges) $40,300
272 ✓ Horsepower 261
280 lb-ft ✓ Torque 273 lb-ft
10-speed automatic ✓ Transmission 7-speed automatic
Smart Entry Doors & Push Button Start ✓ Proximity Key System Push Button Start Only
Optional ✓ Remote Engine Start Not Available
Standard w/Low-Speed Follow and Traffic Stop-Go ✓ Adaptive Cruise Control Not Available
Standard, Driver ✓ Memory Seating Not Available
13.5 cubic feet ✓ Rear Cargo Volume 12 cubic feet
64 / 64.6 inches ✓ Front / Rear Track 61.9 / 61.2 inches
6 Years / 70,000 Miles ✓ Powertrain Warranty Coverage** 4 Years / 50,000 Miles

Our first comparison is between the TLX and the A4 - an interesting one because the starting MSRPs are so similar. But getting into the details, we can see several points where the Acura is offering more. More horsepower, more torque, more transmission speeds. There’s also more space, particularly cargo space. Inside, you’ll find more equipment in the TLX, including a fair amount that isn’t available at all on the A4. These include some pretty desirable options, like a proximity key system, and a remote start, basics of the luxury car world at this point. Memory seating and adaptive cruise control are also there to help make your commute more comfortable.

Acura TLX vs BMW 3 Series

Acura TLX Base AWD
BMW 330i
2023 Acura TLX w/Technology Package VS 2023 BMW 330i
$43,650✓ Starting MSRP* (excluding destination charges) $43,800
272 ✓ Horsepower 255
10-speed ✓ Transmission 8-speed
19-inch ✓ Wheels 18-inch
Double wishbone ✓ Front Suspension Strut
58.2 inches / 55 inches ✓ Shoulder Room (front/rear) 56 inches / 54.6 inches
13 ✓ Speakers 10
Standard ✓ Heated Seats Optional
Standard ✓ Sport Seats Optional
Standard ✓ GPS-Linked Climate Control Not available

Acura TLX Display
Next up against the TLX is the BMW 3-Series. The BMW starts off with a couple of real disadvantages. The most glaring of these is the front suspension. The double wishbone design on the Acura has more points of contact with the frame, giving you better control and handling than you would have with the strut system in the BMW. At least with the smaller wheels or lower horsepower figures, BMW buyers could spend more money to option up, but that’s not an option with the suspension. The 3-Series comes standard with some new tech goodies, but Acura shoppers can quickly overcome that advantage, as the BMW costs more than the Acura, meaning Acura buyers can option up to the Technology Package, get all the latest tech, and still spend less money. The TLX is well equipped in its standard configuration, but the Technology Package gives drivers serious advantages, like a better stereo and GPS-linked climate control, which takes into account things like the position of the sun relative to the car when adjusting the climate control. And since we’re talking about cabin comfort, it's also worth mentioning that heated seats aren’t standard on the BMW 3-Series as they are on the TLX.

Winner - Acura TLX

Now that we’ve tallied the results, the obvious winner of this competitive comparison is the Acura TLX. The Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series simply cannot compete with the dynamic performance, outstanding value, luxurious standard features, and peace of mind that comes from owning the Acura TLX. Ready to experience the impressive Acura TLX for yourself? Our team at Joe Rizza Acura is standing by to help you choose the model that’s right for you!
Acura TLX Rear

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge for sedans (excluding PMC Edition) is $1,095 and SUVs (excluding PMC Edition) is $1,195.00. Destination & Handling charge for PMC Edition models and NSX is $1,995.00. Premium Paint colors are $500 and not included. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

**Ordinary maintenance items or adjustments, parts subject to normal wear and replacement, and certain other items are excluded.