Acura vs. BMW Comparison
Acura TLX Sedan vs. BMW 3-Series Sedan
With four cylinders or six, on highways, back roads or city streets, the TLX outperforms the 3-Series.
The 2.4L TLX pairs an 8-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission with Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS®), while the BMW transmission feels one clutch short of a full deck, and the rear wheels don't multitask. On the TLX V-6, available Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) provides you with precision torque vectoring on twisty roads, something the BMW X-Drive system can't deliver.
With the available Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Road Departure Mitigation system and the Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), the TLX essentially comes with a co-pilot, ready to lend a hand, eyes or a foot at a microsecond's notice. In the 3-Series, you're always driving the machine on your own.
Standard on the TLX means upgrade for the 3-Series. Here's what you will pay extra for on the BMW: Moonroof, heated front seats, multi-view rear camera, power adjustable front seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, adjustable driver's lumbar support, anti-theft alarm, and keyless entry. We could keep going, but why rub it in.
Stunning Jewel Eye® LED headlights are standard equipment on the TLX. They shine brighter and whiter, longer and wider and last much longer than traditional halogen bulbs. Looking for LED headlights on the 3-Series will leave you in the dark.
2016 Acura MDX vs. 2015 BMW X5
The Acura MDX offers many advanced features you won't find on the 2015 BMW X5.
The MDX has a larger engine that doesn't require a thirsty turbocharger to generate power. The X5 offers an 8-speed transmission vs. the MDX's 9-speed transmission with push button gear selector and standard paddle shifters The MDX also has Variable Cylinder Management™ for improved fuel efficiency, and a significantly more sophisticated tor-vectoring all-wheel drive system.
An Expanded View Driver's Mirror and Active Sound Control both come standard on the MDX while you can't get either on the X5 at any price. And while the X5 charges extra for leather-appointed seating, in the MDX it's standard. Siri® Eyes Free, Pandora®45 capability and a convenient 110-volt AC power outlet are other standard features that you simply cannot have on an X5.
The available navigation system on the MDX has GPS-linked, solar-sensing climate control, a feature that can't be found on any X5. The MDX also comes standard with a multi-view rear camera, a feature that will cost you extra on the X5.
Safety and Convenience
The third-row seat comes standard on the MDX while the X5 charges extra for one. One look and you will see why many don't think it's worth it. And the MDX offers the Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Road Departure Mitigation System, neither of which are even available on the X5.