2011 BMW
328i
vs. 2012 Acura
TL

2012 Acura TL

10.0

Winner

Acura TL

starting from

$43,770

Reasons to buy the Acura TL

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Average range on the highway
481 miles
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Entertainment system
Standard
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Spacious front seats
55.0 ft3
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Average range in the city
333 miles
2011 BMW 328i

9.2

Runner-up

BMW 328i

starting from

$37,475
"Delivers a lot of style and performance at the entry level luxury price point of $36,575 for the model we tested."
bullz-eye.com | talking about the 3 Series's value
"The manual 6-speed combined with a 3.0-liter 230 horsepower, DOHC inline 24-valve 6-cylinder engine produced both power and efficiency"
bullz-eye.com | talking about the 3 Series's transmission

Reasons to buy the BMW 328i

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Tighter turning radius
36.1 ft
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Folding rear seats
Optional
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Average 0-60 time
6.3 seconds
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Very inexpensive
$37,475
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.8
2012 Acura TL Winner: TL
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  • If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the TL ; no amount of money can buy it on the 328i
  • The TL 's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The TL 's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2012 Acura TL Winner: TL
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the TL 's standard sun roof
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the TL 's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 328i
Performance 10.0 vs 9.2
2012 Acura TL Winner: TL
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  • The TL 's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
  • The TL comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the 328i
  • The TL 's power-to-weight ratio is around 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 13.1 lb/hp vs 15.7 lb/hp
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.4
2012 Acura TL Winner: TL
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  • The TL 's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the 328i
  • The TL 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the 328i
  • A single tank lasts around 20% longer, 481 miles vs 403 miles
Cost 10.0 vs 9.9
Too close to call
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  • Inexpensive
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
Missing information
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
Overall 10.0 vs 9.2

Entertainment System

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Number of speakers 10 vs 10 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The TL 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the 328i does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the TL 's satellite radio; in the 328i, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The TL has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Standard vs Not Available If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the TL ; no amount of money can buy it on the 328i

Luxury Features

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the TL 's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Optional Conveniently adjust your seat with the TL 's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 328i
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Performance

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Horsepower 305 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 230 HP @ 6,500 RPM The TL is of average power, but the 328i is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the TL 's semi-automatic transmission and the 328i's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The TL comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the 328i
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 13.1 lb/hp vs 15.7 lb/hp The TL has OK performance while the 328i gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both will do well in poor weather or off-road conditions
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.4 ft vs 36.1 ft The 328i can make tight turns, and the TL is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 481 miles vs 403 miles The TL has OK highway range, but the 328i is very limited
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Cargo space 12.5 ft3 vs 12.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.0 ft3 vs 51.2 ft3 The TL has roomy front seats and the 328i is OK
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Optional The 328i offers an optional folding rear seat for extra cargo room; not available on the TL
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The TL 's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the 328i
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Standard vs Optional The TL 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the 328i
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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MSRP $43,770 vs $37,475 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 17 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Average lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system AcuraLink vs BMW Assist

Crash Test Ratings

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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0-60 mph 6.8 seconds vs 6.3 seconds The 328i's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the TL is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 128 ft vs 134 ft The TL 's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the 328i is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.3 s @ 96 mph vs 16.0 s @ 91 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.9 g vs 0.88 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 130 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 BMW 328i 2011 Lexus IS 250 328i vs IS 250
2011 BMW 328i 2011 Audi A4 Premium 328i vs A4 Premium
2011 BMW 335i 2011 Infiniti G37 Sport 335i vs G37 Sport
2011 BMW 328i 2011 Toyota Camry XLE 328i vs Camry XLE
2011 BMW 328i 2012 Volkswagen CC Sport 328i vs CC Sport
2012 Acura TL 2011 Acura TSX TL vs TSX
2012 Acura TL 2011 Nissan Maxima SV TL vs Maxima SV
2012 Acura TL 2011 Toyota Camry XLE TL vs Camry XLE
2012 Acura TL 2011 Lexus ES 350 TL vs ES 350
2012 Acura TL 2011 Lexus IS 350 TL vs IS 350

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Avatar for Mick Mick (6:33 AM, September 08, 2013)
WTF? The TL SH-AWD can do 0-60mph as fast as 5.9 with the auto and 5.2 with the manual
 
Shakiv Khan (6:01 PM, September 14, 2012)
The whole BMW is engineered from the ground up to have a class leading 0-60. It's parts are more performance orientated. The TL is just supposed to look pretty and needs a more powerful engine to match the Bimmers athleticism
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Shakiv Khan (5:59 PM, September 14, 2012)
It isn't fair that the TL tested was one with a technology package. A lot of the features aren't available in the base. But even the base TL has a nicer interior as well as exterior. On the other hand the BMW doesn't even come with standard leather. But that's not what 328's are about. It's the ultimate driving machine for around 35,000. TL's a sporty luxurious car. While the BMW is a luxurious sports car.
 
KD (11:05 PM, January 13, 2012)
Surprising that the so called under powered 328i is quicker 0 to 60 than the TL.