Compare Buick Regal vs. BMW 3-Series vs. Acura TL

Compare the Buick Regal against the BMW 3-Series and Acura TL. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Regal, 3-Series and TL stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new Regal, 3-Series and TL. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2013 Buick Regal 2012 BMW 3-Series 2013 Acura TL
2013 Buick Regal 2012 BMW 3-Series 2013 Acura TL
4dr Sdn Base
  • 4dr Sdn Base
  • 4dr Sdn Premium 1
  • 4dr Sdn Turbo Premium 1
  • 4dr Sdn Turbo Premium 2
  • 4dr Sdn Premium 2
  • 4dr Sdn Turbo Premium 3
  • 4dr Sdn GS
4dr Sdn 328i RWD
  • 4dr Sdn 328i RWD
  • 2dr Cpe 328i RWD
  • 2dr Cpe 328i xDrive AWD
  • 4dr Sdn 335i RWD
  • 2dr Cpe 335i RWD
  • 2dr Cpe 335i xDrive AWD
  • 2dr Conv 328i
  • 2dr Cpe 335is RWD
  • 2dr Conv 335i
  • 2dr Conv 335is
4dr Sdn Auto 2WD
  • 4dr Sdn Auto 2WD
  • 4dr Sdn Auto 2WD Special Edition
  • 4dr Sdn Auto SH-AWD
  • 4dr Sdn Auto 2WD Tech
  • 4dr Sdn Auto 2WD Advance
  • 4dr Sdn Man SH-AWD Tech
  • 4dr Sdn Auto SH-AWD Tech
  • 4dr Sdn Auto SH-AWD Advance


MSRP $29,015 $34,900 $35,905
Invoice $27,854 $32,110 $33,712
Avg. Paid $16,034 $22,667 $21,459

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.4 8.4 8.6
Critics' Rating 8.6 9.6 8.4
Performance 8.5 8.6 7.9
Interior 8.1 7.6 8.2
Cost to Own 8.9 7.8 8.3
Safety 9.3 9.6 9.3
Reliability 3.5 3.5 4.5

Pros & Cons

  • Strong acceleration in Regal GS
  • Balanced handling
  • Top-shelf cabin materials
  • Powerful engine choices
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Superb handling
  • Lively standard V6 engine
  • Impressive interior quality
  • Spacious rear seats
  • Limited rear-seat headroom
  • Small trunk in eAssist models
  • Leather isn’t standard
  • SH-AWD model has small trunk

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Manual Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas/Electric L4 2.4L/145 Turbocharged Gas I4 2.0L/122 Gas V6 3.5L/212
MPG 19 City / 31 Hwy 23 City / 34 Hwy 20 City / 29 Hwy



Body Style Sedan Sedan Sedan


Wheelbase(in) 107.8 110.6 109.3
Length, Overall (in) 190.2 182.5 194.0
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.1 71.3 74.0
Height, Overall (in) 58.4 56.3 57.2
Step Up Height - Front (in)
Step Up Height - Side (in)

Doors & Windows

Third Passenger Door
Power Third Passenger Door
Fourth Passenger Door
Power Fourth Passenger Door
Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass
Sliding Rear Window
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Bed Liner
Pickup Bed Tonneau Cover
Stepside Pickup Box
Convertible Hardtop
Convertible Soft Top
Dual Moonroof
Sun/Moon Roof Optional Optional Standard
Panoramic Roof
Fixed Sunroof
Manual Tilt/Sliding Sunroof
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional Optional Standard
Sunroof Sunshield
Sunroof Wind Deflector
Targa Roof
Running Boards
Power Retractable Running Boards
Rear Spoiler


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3600 3406 3726

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season
Tires - Front All-Terrain
Tires - Front Highway
Tires - Front On/Off Road
Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Front Touring
Tires - Rear All-Season
Tires - Rear All-Terrain
Tires - Rear Highway
Tires - Rear On/Off Road
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Touring
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Full Size Spare Tire
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Chrome Wheels
Wheel Locks
Steel Wheels
Wheel Covers
Wire Wheel Covers


Trailer Hitch Receiver
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)


Convenience & Comfort

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


Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 98.0 - TBD - 98.2
Front Head Room (in) 38.8 40.3 38.4
Front Leg Room (in) 42.1 42.0 42.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.7 55.1 58.2
Front Hip Room (in) 55.4 - TBD - 55.7
Second Head Room (in) 36.8 37.7 36.7
Second Leg Room (in) 37.3 35.1 36.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.4 55.1 56.2
Second Hip Room (in) 52.3 - TBD - 54.8
Third Leg Room (in)
Fourth Leg Room (in)
Fifth Leg Room (in)
Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.)
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 11.1 17.0 13.1
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (cu. ft.)


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
HD Radio Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Audio Controls
Satellite Radio Standard Optional Standard
Premium Sound System Optional Standard
Entertainment System
Hard Disk Drive

Heating & Cooling

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

Navigation & Communication

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


Cloth Seats
Leather Seats Standard Optional Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Vinyl Seats
Additional Rear Seat
Cooled Driver Seat
Cooled Passenger Seat
Cooled Rear Seat
Heated Driver Seat Standard Optional Standard
Heated Passenger Seat
Heated Rear Seat Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Optional Standard
Passenger Lumbar Optional
Seat Memory Optional Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Optional Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Optional Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Optional Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Optional Standard
Fixed Bench Seat
Split Bench Seat
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard
Quad Bucket Seats



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Air Bag
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Night Vision
Adjustable Pedals
Rollover Protection System
Front Tow Hooks
Rear Tow Hooks
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard
Blind Spot Monitor Optional
Auto-Leveling Headlights Optional
Lane Departure Warning Optional


Engine & Performance

Locking Front Differential
Locking Rear Differential
Four Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
Dual Rear Wheels
10 Cylinder Engine
12 Cylinder Engine
3 Cylinder Engine
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
5 Cylinder Engine
Flat 6 Cylinder Engine
Straight 6 Cylinder Engine
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard
8 Cylinder Engine
Electric Motor
High Output
Rotary engine
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Gas/Electric L4 Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas V6
Displacement 2.4L/145 2.0L/122 3.5L/212
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 182 @ 6700 240 @ 5000 280 @ 6200
Torque (Net @ RPM) 172 @ 4900 255 @ 1250 - 4800 254 @ 5000
Transmission Automatic w/manual shift Manual Automatic w/Manual Shift
Turning diameter 37.4 - TBD - 38.4


Gasoline/Natural Gas Bi-Fuel
Gasoline/Propane Bi-Fuel
Diesel Fuel
Electric Fuel System
Flex Fuel/Electric Hybrid
Flexible Fuel Capability
Hybrid Fuel Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard
Natural Gas Fuel
Plug-In Electric/Flex Fuel
Plug-In Electric/Gas
Propane Fuel
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 23 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 34 29
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.8 15.8 18.5


Active Suspension System
Air Suspension
Side Stance / Highrider Suspension
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link 5-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Suspension Type - Front
Suspension Type - Rear


Automatic Standard Optional Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Optional Standard
1-Speed Automatic
3-Speed Automatic
4-Speed Automatic
5-Speed Automatic
6-Speed Automatic Standard Standard
7-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic Optional
Continuously Variable Trans
Manual Standard
Manual Transmission w/Auto Mode
10-Speed Manual
4-Speed Manual
5-Speed Manual
6-Speed Manual Standard
7-Speed Manual
8-Speed Manual
9-Speed Manual
Transmission Overdrive Switch

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