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2014 BMW 3-Series 2014 BMW 4-Series 2015 Acura TLX
2014 BMW 3-Series 2014 BMW 4-Series 2015 Acura TLX
   
Sedan
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  • Sedan
  • Sedan
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  • Sports Wagon
  • Wagon
  • Sports Wagon
  • Sedan
  • Sedan
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  • Convertible
  • Convertible
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FWD
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  • SH-AWD V6 Advance
 

Prices

MSRP $32,750 $40,500 $31,445
Invoice $30,130 $37,260 $29,584
Avg. Paid N/A N/A $31,225

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.7 8.9 8.7
Critics' Rating 9.2 9.5 9.0
Performance 8.5 9.3 8.3
Interior 7.8 7.7 8.2
Safety 9.1 N/A 9.7
Reliability 3.5 3.5 3.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Impressive handling and acceleration
  • Spacious cabin
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Functional, high-quality interior
  • Powerful engine choices
  • Good fuel economy
  • Razor-sharp handling
  • Nimble handling
  • Quick-shifting transmission
  • Exceptionally quiet cabin
  • Numerous standard features
Cons
  • Some cheap materials in base models
  • Some switchgear is hard to use
  • Limited back-seat space
  • Lacks rear-seat headroom
  • Confusing dual-screen infotainment system

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122 Premium Unleaded I-4 2.4 L/144
MPG 24 City / 36 Hwy 23 City / 35 Hwy 24 City / 35 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Sedan Coupe Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 110.6 110.6 109.3
Length, Overall (in) 182.5 182.6 190.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.3 71.9 73
Height, Overall (in) 56.3 54.2 57

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard
Power Windows Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Standard
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3295 3470 3483

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard
Back-Up Camera Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard
Keyless Entry Standard
Power Door Locks Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard
Mirror Memory Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 4 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 93.3
Front Head Room (in) 40.3 39.8 37.2
Front Leg Room (in) 42 42.2 42.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 55.3 57.5
Front Hip Room (in) 55.3
Second Head Room (in) 37.7 36.1 36.7
Second Leg Room (in) 35.1 33.7 34.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 51.7 55.4
Second Hip Room (in) 54.9
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 13 15.7 13.2

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard
CD Player Standard
MP3 Player Standard
Satellite Radio Standard

Heating & Cooling

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

Navigation & Communication

Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard

Seats

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

Safety

Airbags

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

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
Engine Type Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Premium Unleaded I-4
Displacement 2.0 L/122 2.0 L/122 2.4 L/144
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 180 @ 5000 240 @ 5000 206 @ 6800
Torque (Net @ RPM) 200 @ 1250 255 @ 1250 182 @ 4500
Transmission Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 37.1 37.1 39.2

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 23 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 36 35 35
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.8 15.8 17.2

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link

Transmission

Automatic Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
8-Speed Automatic 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.