Compare BMW 3-Series vs. Acura TL

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2012 BMW 3-Series 2013 Acura TL
2012 BMW 3-Series 2013 Acura TL
  • Sedan
  • Coupe
  • Coupe
  • Sedan
  • Coupe
  • Coupe
  • Convertible
  • Coupe
  • Convertible
  • Convertible
2WD Automatic
  • 2WD Automatic
  • 2WD Automatic Special Edition
  • SH-AWD Automatic
  • 2WD Automatic with Technology Package
  • 2WD Automatic with Advanced Package
  • SH-AWD Manual with Technology Package
  • SH-AWD Automatic with Technology Package
  • SH-AWD Automatic with Advanced Package


MSRP $34,900 $35,905  
Invoice $32,110 $33,712
Avg. Paid $26,963 $25,049

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.4 8.6  
Critics' Rating 9.6 8.4
Performance 8.6 7.9
Interior 7.6 8.2
Cost to Own 7.8 8.3
Safety 9.6 9.3
Reliability 3.5 4.5

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine choices
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Superb handling
  • Lively standard V6 engine
  • Impressive interior quality
  • Spacious rear seats
  • Superb reliability rating
  • Leather isn’t standard
  • SH-AWD model has small trunk

General Specs

Transmission Manual Automatic  
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Turbocharged Gas I4 2.0L/122 Gas V6 3.5L/212
MPG 23 City / 34 Hwy 20 City / 29 Hwy



Body Style Sedan Sedan  


Wheelbase(in) 110.6 109.3  
Length, Overall (in) 182.5 194.0
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.3 74.0
Height, Overall (in) 56.3 57.2

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard  
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional Standard  
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional Standard


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3406 3726  

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard  
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Standard  
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Heads-Up Display Optional
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
HID headlights Optional Standard
Keyless Start Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5  
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) - TBD - 98.2
Front Head Room (in) 40.3 38.4
Front Leg Room (in) 42.0 42.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 58.2
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 55.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.7 36.7
Second Leg Room (in) 35.1 36.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 56.2
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 54.8
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 17.0 13.1


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard  
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
HD Radio Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Standard
Premium Sound System Optional Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard  
Dual Zone A/C Standard Standard
A/C Standard Standard
Rear A/C Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional  
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard


Leather Seats Optional Standard  
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional Standard
Heated Rear Seat Optional
Driver Lumbar Optional Standard
Passenger Lumbar Optional
Seat Memory Optional Standard
Power Driver Seat Optional Standard
Power Passenger Seat Optional Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Optional Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Optional Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard  
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard  
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard  
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard
Blind Spot Monitor Optional
Auto-Leveling Headlights Optional
Lane Departure Warning Optional


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard  
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas V6
Displacement 2.0L/122 3.5L/212
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 240 @ 5000 280 @ 6200
Torque (Net @ RPM) 255 @ 1250 - 4800 254 @ 5000
Transmission Manual Automatic w/Manual Shift
Turning diameter - TBD - 38.4


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard  
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 34 29
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.8 18.5


Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Double Wishbone  
Suspension Type - Rear 5-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)


Automatic Optional Standard  
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Optional Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard
8-Speed Automatic Optional
Manual Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.