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2018 Acura TLX vs 2018 BMW 330i: Which Comes Out Best?

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Khatir Soltani
Redesigned Japanese model takes on German defending champ

Since Acura launched its new 2018 TLX, we’ve received a good amount of feedback from our readers wanting to know just how good the car is when pitted against its rivals in the category, most notably the German heavyweights. We examined the question, and the TLX, in detail during our review of the 2018 Acura TLX A-SPEC last autumn – it’s well worth checking out.

This Japanese luxury sedan comes with a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine producing 206 hp as well as a 3.5L V6 generating 290 hp. Both are extremely competent engines, with the first wedded to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission and the second a 9-speed automatic working in conjunction with Acura’s excellent SH-AWD all-wheel drive system.

Overall we found the TLX delivered remarkable driving dynamics, particularly in its A-SPEC version equipped with Precision All-Wheel Steer. Ease up on the accelerations, and the car offers a super-smooth ride, which is further enhanced by the excellent sound insulation in the cabin. While the TLX is not yet as sporty or exhilarating to drive as the frontrunners in its segment, the gap is not nearly what it once was. We would go so far as to say that choosing is now really more a matter of preference or taste than of quality per se.

Unsure whether to go for a TLX or, let's say, a BMW 330i? The Japanese automaker recently pitted the two models against each other on Honda’s testing track in California, with the help of professional race car driver Katherine Legge. The following video outlines the pros and cons of each in terms of performance and compares their exterior and interior features.

Make sure also to consult our specifications for the 2018 Acura TLX, which is available starting at $35,990.

Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
Automotive expert
As a car enthusiast, he tests and compares vehicles from different categories through the eyes of the consumer, ensuring relevant and objective reviews.
  • Over 6 years experience as a car reviewer
  • Over 50 test drives in the last year
  • Involved in discussions with virtually every auto manufacturer in Canada