Compare 2007 Acura TL vs 2008 BMW 3-Series

2007 Acura TL
2008 BMW 3-Series
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4-Door Sedan AT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
TL 4-Door Sedan AT 20 28 $30,847 $33,625
TL 4-Door Sedan AT Navigation 20 28 $33,136 $36,125
TL 4-Door Sedan AT Type-S 19 28 $34,967 $38,125
TL 4-Door Sedan AT Type-S Summer Tires 19 28 $35,150 $38,325
TL 4-Door Sedan MT Type-S 19 28 $34,967 $38,125
TL 4-Door Sedan MT Type-S Summer Tires 19 28 $35,150 $38,325
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2-Door Conv 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i SULEV 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335i 19 28 $45,540 $49,500
3 Series 2-Door Conv M3 14 19 $59,755 $64,950
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328xi AWD 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328xi AWD SULEV 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i RWD 19 29 $37,905 $41,200
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335xi AWD 19 29 $39,560 $43,000
3 Series 2-Door Coupe M3 14 20 $51,980 $56,500
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV South Africa 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328xi AWD 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328xi AWD SULEV 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD South Africa 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335xi AWD 19 25 $37,905 $41,200
3 Series 4-Door Sedan M3 14 20 $49,495 $53,800
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i RWD 20 30 $31,740 $34,500
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328xi AWD 19 28 $33,490 $36,400
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,847
$40,020
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,625
$43,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$560 / month
$725 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
On all counts, the 2007 Acura TL is a sophisticated, luxurious, and dependable car. What it lacks is excitement. The 2008 BMW M3 redefines the performance envelope for BMW's 3-Series range--but at a significant weight and price penalty. You might be going too fast to notice, though.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 36.5
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 49.3
Front Leg Room (in)
42.8 41.8
Front Hip Room (in)
55.6 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
34.9 31.9
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 38.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.9 84.2
Second Hip Room (in)
53.8 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 55.3
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
189.3 180.6
Height, Overall (in)
56.7 54.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.0 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
107.9 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 70.2
Track Width, Front (in)
62.1 59.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.8 - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.5 9.0
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x 0.35 11.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 1.1 12.3 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.1 16.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.7 36.1
Steering Type
Variable Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.4 16.0
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/45WR17 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/45WR17 P225/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3623 3792
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 17 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 17 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 180
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I6
Fuel System
PGM-FI MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
233 @ 5000 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.2L/196 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
258 @ 6200 230 @ 6500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 18
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.31 3.38
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 1.23
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.70 4.32
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.66
Trans Type
5 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.49 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.89 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 2.46
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 2 Door Convertible
Vehicle Name
Acura TL BMW 3 Series
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.07 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Double-Wishbone 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Wishbone Double Pivot
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.72 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -

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